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

          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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          11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain.

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          12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”c

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            • c 1:12 - From the Cretan philosopher Epimenides