The reason I left you in Crete4 was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appointa elders5 in every town, as I directed you.
An elder must be blameless,6 the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.
Since an overseerb7 is entrusted with God's work,8 he must be blameless--not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.98
Rather he must be hospitable,10 one who loves what is good,11 who is self-controlled,12 upright, holy and disciplined.
He must hold firmly13 to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine14 and refute those who oppose it.
For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers15 and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group.1611
They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households17 by teaching things they ought not to teach--and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
Even one of their own prophets18 has said, "Cretans19 are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons."
This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke20 them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith2114
and will pay no attention to Jewish myths22 or to the commands23 of those who reject the truth.24