Titus 1:3-13 NIV

3 and at his appointed season1 he brought his word to light2 through the preaching entrusted to me3 by the command of God4 our Savior,5

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4 To Titus,6 my true son7 in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.8

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Titus's Task on Crete

1:6-8Ref -- 1Ti 3:2-4

5 The reason I left you in Crete9 was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appointa elders10 in every town, as I directed you.

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    • a 1:5 - Or "ordain"
      6 An elder must be blameless,11 the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.

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      7 Since an overseerb12 is entrusted with God's work,13 he must be blameless--not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.14

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        • b 1:7 - Traditionally "bishop"
          8 Rather he must be hospitable,15 one who loves what is good,16 who is self-controlled,17 upright, holy and disciplined.

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          9 He must hold firmly18 to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine19 and refute those who oppose it.

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          10 For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers20 and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group.21

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          11 They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households22 by teaching things they ought not to teach--and that for the sake of dishonest gain.

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          12 Even one of their own prophets23 has said, "Cretans24 are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons."

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          13 This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke25 them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith26

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