Titus 1:4-14 NIV

4 To Titus,1 my true son2 in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.3

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Titus's Task on Crete

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

5 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.

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    • a 1:5 - Or "ordain"
      6 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.

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      7 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.9

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        • b 1:7 - Traditionally "bishop"
          8 Rather he must be hospitable,10 one who loves what is good,11 who is self-controlled,12 upright, holy and disciplined.

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          9 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.

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          10 For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers15 and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group.16

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          11 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.

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          12 Even one of their own prophets18 has said, "Cretans19 are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons."

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          13 This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke20 them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith21

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          14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths22 or to the commands23 of those who reject the truth.24

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