Paul, a servant of God1 and an apostle2 of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth3 that leads to godliness4--
in the hope of eternal life,5 which God, who does not lie,6 promised before the beginning of time,73
and which now at his appointed season8 he has brought to light9 through the preaching entrusted to me10 by the command of God11 our Savior,124
To Titus,13 my true son14 in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.15
The reason I left you in Crete16 was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appointa elders17 in every town, as I directed you.
An elder must be blameless,18 faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.
Since an overseer19 manages God's household,20 he must be blameless--not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.218
Rather, he must be hospitable,22 one who loves what is good,23 who is self-controlled,24 upright, holy and disciplined.
He must hold firmly25 to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine26 and refute those who oppose it.
For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk27 and deception, especially those of the circumcision group.2811
They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households29 by teaching things they ought not to teach--and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
One of Crete's own prophets30 has said it: "Cretans31 are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons."b13
He has surely told the truth! Therefore rebuke32 them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith3314
and will pay no attention to Jewish myths34 or to the merely human commands35 of those who reject the truth.3615
To the pure, all things are pure,37 but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure.38 In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.3916
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him.40 They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.41