Titus 1:5-15 NIV

Titus's Task on Crete

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

5 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.

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    • a 1:5 - Or "ordain"
      6 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.

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      7 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.6

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        • b 1:7 - Traditionally "bishop"
          8 Rather he must be hospitable,7 one who loves what is good,8 who is self-controlled,9 upright, holy and disciplined.

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          9 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.

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          10 For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers12 and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group.13

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          11 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.

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          12 Even one of their own prophets15 has said, "Cretans16 are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons."

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          13 This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke17 them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith18

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          14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths19 or to the commands20 of those who reject the truth.21

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          15 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.24