Titus Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to Titus / Chapter 1

1-3 Paul, 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, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began, but has in due time manifested his word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

4 To Titus, my own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.

5-9 For this cause, I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city, as I have appointed you. If any be blameless, the husband of one wife and having faithful children not accused of being unruly or insubordinate. For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not given to filthy lucre, but hospitable, a lover of good things, sober, just, holy, and temperate, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he might be able through sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince those who contradict the word.

10-16 For there are many unruly idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of filthy lucre. One of them, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, and lazy gluttons. This witness is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth. To the pure, all things are pure, but there is nothing pure to those who are defiled and unbelieving, but even their mind and conscience are defiled. They profess that they know God, but in works, they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and a reprobate for every good work.

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