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1:1  Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that is in accordance with godliness,
1:2  in the hope of eternal life that God, who never lies, promised before the ages began—
1:3  in due time he revealed his word through the proclamation with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior,
1:4  To Titus, my true child in the faith we share: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
1:5  I left you behind in Crete for this reason, so that you should put in order what remained to be done and should appoint elders in every town, as I directed you:
1:6  someone who is blameless, married only once, whose children are believers, not accused of debauchery and not rebellious.
1:7  For a bishop, as God’s steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or addicted to wine or violent or greedy for gain,
1:8  but he must be hospitable, a lover of goodness, self-controlled, upright, devout, and restrained,
1:9  holding tightly to the trustworthy word of the teaching, so that he may be able both to exhort with sound instruction and to refute those who contradict it.
1:10  There are also many rebellious people, idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision;
1:11  they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for sordid gain what it is not right to teach.
1:12  It was one of them, their very own prophet, who said, “Cretans are always liars, vicious brutes, lazy gluttons.”
1:13  That testimony is true. For this reason rebuke them sharply, so that they may become sound in the faith,
1:14  not paying attention to Jewish myths or to commandments of those who reject the truth.
1:15  To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are corrupted.
1:16  They profess to know God, but they deny him by their actions; they are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.