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1:1  Paul the servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ to preach the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth, which leads to godliness
1:2  in the hope of eternal life. Which life God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began,
1:3  but has declared his word openly at the time appointed through preaching, which preaching is committed to me by the commandment of God our Saviour.
1:4  To Titus, his true-born son in the common faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
1:5  The reason I left you in Crete was in order that you should complete that which was lacking, and should ordain elders in every city as I directed you –
1:6  if any be faultless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not known for running wild or disobedience.
1:7  For a bishop must be faultless, as it becomes the minister of God: not stubborn, not angry, no drunkard, no fighter; not given to the love of money,
1:8  but welcoming toward people and willing to take them in; one who loves goodness, sober-minded, righteous, holy, temperate;
1:9  and such as cleaves to the true word of doctrine, so that he may be able to exhort with wholesome teaching, and to refute those who speak against it.
1:10  For there are many contrary, who speak vanity and beguile minds, namely they of the circumcision,
1:11  whose mouths must be stopped. They pervert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for easy money.
1:12  One of them, who was an author of their own, said, The Cretans are always liars, evil creatures and lazy gluttons.
1:13  This witness is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they may be sound in the faith,
1:14  and not paying heed to Jewish fables, and to commandments of men that turn from the truth.
1:15  To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but even their very minds and consciences are defiled.
1:16  They confess that they know God, but with their deeds they deny him, and are abominable and obstinately self-willed, not to be trusted for any good works.