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1:1  Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to further the faith of those whom God has chosen and their knowledge of religious truth,
1:2  with its hope of eternal life that God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,
1:3  and who now at his appointed time has revealed his word through the proclamation with which I was entrusted by the command of God our Savior,
1:4  to Titus, my loyal child in the faith we share: grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
1:5  The reason I left you behind in Crete was so that you could finish up the work that remained to be done and appoint presbyters in every town as I directed you.
1:6  Each man must be blameless and the husband of only one wife, with children who are believers and free from any suspicion of licentious or rebellious behavior.
1:7  For in his role as God’s steward a bishop must be blameless. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or prone to drunkenness or violent or avaricious.
1:8  Rather, he must be hospitable, a lover of goodness, prudent, upright, devout, and self-controlled.
1:9  In addition, he must hold firmly to the authentic message he has been taught, so that he may be able both to exhort with sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it.
1:10  For there are also many rebellious people, especially among the Jewish converts, who deceive others with their empty talk.
1:11  It is essential to silence them, since they are ruining whole households by teaching for dishonest gain what it is not right to teach.
1:12  It was one of their very own prophets, a man from Crete, who said, “Cretans have always been liars, vicious beasts, and lazy gluttons.”
1:13  This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply so that they may be restored to a sound faith,
1:14  rather than paying attention to Jewish myths or to the commandments of those who turn away from the truth.
1:15  To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are corrupt and without faith nothing is pure. Their very minds and their consciences have been corrupted.
1:16  They profess to know God, but they deny him by their deeds. They are detestable and disobedient, totally unfit for any good work.