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Titus, Chapter 1 (Pauline Epistles)

Greeting

1Paul,{1} a slave[1]{2} of God,{3} and an apostle of Jesus Christ,{4} for[2] the faith of the elect[3]{5} of God and full knowledge of the truth{6} of[4] godliness,{7} 2on hope of life eternal{8} which was promised by the truthful[5] God{9} before times eternal{10} 3but revealed{11} in its own time{12} in a proclamation of His word,{13} with which I was entrusted{14} by the command of God our Savior;{15} 4to Titus,{16} a true child{17} due to[6] our common faith:{18}

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.{19}

Qualifications of Elders{20}

5For this cause I left you in Crete:{21} that you would set in order the things lacking and appoint[7] in every city elders[8]{22} as I ordered you. 6If anyone is blameless,{23} of husband to one wife, having believing[9] children, not in accusation of looseness[10] or unruly. 7It behooves the overseer[11]{24} to be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-pleasing,{25} not passionate, not given to wine,{26} not a quarreler, not greedy of ill gain,{27} 8but hospitable,{28} a lover of good,{29} discreet, just, holy, temperate,{30} 9clinging to the faithful teaching of the word,[12]{31} so that he may be able both to exhort by sound[13] teaching{32} and convict those contradicting.

Unruly and Defiled Unbelievers

10For there are indeed many unruly men, empty talkers,{33} and mind-deluders,{34} especially those of the circumcision,{35} 11of whom you must silence[14] who overturn whole houses, teaching things not right for the sake of ill gain.{36} 12One of them, a prophet of their own,[15] said:

Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, idle gluttons.

13Witness that this is true. For this reason,[16] convict them severely,{37} that they may be sound in the faith,{38} 14not listing to Jewish myths{39} and commandments of men{40} having perverted the truth.{41}

15All things indeed are clean to the clean;{42} but to those having been defiled and unbelieving, nothing is clean.{43} Even their minds and consciences have been defiled.{44} 16They profess to know God, but by their works they deny Him,{45} being abominable{46} and disobedient{47} and depraved[17]{48} to every good work.{49}

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