1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness—

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2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,

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3 and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,

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4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

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Appointing Elders Who Love What Is Good

5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appointa elders in every town, as I directed you.

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    • a 1:5 - Or "ordain"
      6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believeb and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.

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        • b 1:6 - Or "children are trustworthy"
          7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.

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          8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.

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          9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

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          Rebuking Those Who Fail to Do Good

          10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group.

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