For there are many, especially from the Circumcision faction, who are rebellious, who delude people's minds with their worthless and misleading talk.
They must be silenced; because they are upsetting entire households by teaching what they have no business teaching, and doing it for the sake of dishonest gain.
Even one of the Cretans' own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons" -
and it's true! For this reason, you must be severe when you rebuke those who have followed this false teaching, so that they will come to be sound in their trust
and no longer pay attention to Judaistic myths or to the commands of people who reject the truth.
To all who are themselves pure, everything is pure. But to those who are defiled and without trust, nothing is pure - even their minds and consciences have been defiled.
They claim to know God, but with their actions they deny him. They are detestable and disobedient; they have proved themselves unfit to do anything good.