The reason I left you in Crete1 was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appointa elders2 in every town, as I directed you.
An elder must be blameless,3 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 overseerb4 is entrusted with God's work,5 he must be blameless--not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.68
Rather he must be hospitable,7 one who loves what is good,8 who is self-controlled,9 upright, holy and disciplined.
He must hold firmly10 to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine11 and refute those who oppose it.
For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers12 and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group.1311
They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households14 by teaching things they ought not to teach--and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
Even one of their own prophets15 has said, "Cretans16 are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons."
This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke17 them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith1814
and will pay no attention to Jewish myths19 or to the commands20 of those who reject the truth.2115
To the pure, all things are pure,22 but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure.23 In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.2416
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him.25 They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.26