1:1 Paul, a slave of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness,
1:2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who can't lie, promised before eternal times;
1:3 but in his own seasons manifested his word in the message, with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior;
1:4 to Titus, my true child after a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
1:5 For this cause I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that were wanting, and appoint elders in every city, as I gave you charge;
1:6 if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, who are not accused of riot or unruly.
1:7 For the overseer must be blameless, as God's steward; not self-willed, not soon angry, no brawler, no striker, not greedy of monetary gain;
1:8 but given to hospitality, a lover of good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled;
1:9 holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict the gainsayers.
1:10 For there are also many unruly men, vain talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision,
1:11 whose mouths must be stopped; men who overthrow whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for greed of monetary gain's sake.
1:12 One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, idle gluttons.
1:13 This testimony is true. For which cause reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
1:14 not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.
1:15 To the pure all things are pure: but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
1:16 They profess that they know God; but by their works they deny him, being disgusting, and disobedient, and to every good work disapproved.
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