1This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and 2appoint elders in every town as I directed you--
3if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of 4debauchery or insubordination.
For an overseer,5as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not 6be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent 7or greedy for gain,
but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, 8and disciplined.
He must 9hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in 10sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
For there are many who are insubordinate, 11empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of 12the circumcision party.