a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth
which is after godliness;
2In hope of eternal
life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
3But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according
to the commandment of God our Saviour;
Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
5For this cause left I thee in Crete, that
thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
6If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children
not accused of riot or unruly.
7For a bishop
must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy
8But a lover of hospitality, a lover
of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
10For there are many unruly and vain talkers
and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
12One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are
alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
14Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
15Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and
unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
16They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and
unto every good work reprobate.