- Paul, bondman of God, and apostle of Jesus Christ according to [the] faith of God's elect, and knowledge of [the] truth which [is] according to piety;
- in [the] hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the ages of time,
- but has manifested in its own due season his word, in [the] proclamation with which *I* have been entrusted, according to [the] commandment of our Saviour God;
- to Titus, my own child according to [the] faith common [to us]: Grace and peace from God [the] Father, and Christ Jesus our Saviour.
- For this cause I left thee in Crete, that thou mightest go on to set right what remained [unordered], and establish elders in each city, as *I* had ordered thee:
- if any one be free from all charge [against him], husband of one wife, having believing children not accused of excess or unruly.
- For the overseer must be free from all charge [against him] as God's steward;
not headstrong, not passionate, not disorderly through wine, not a striker, not seeking gain by base means;
- but hospitable, a lover of goodness, discreet, just, pious, temperate,
- clinging to the faithful word according to the doctrine taught, that he may be able both to encourage with sound teaching and refute gainsayers.
- For there are many and disorderly vain speakers and deceivers of people's minds, specially those of [the] circumcision,
- who must have their mouths stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which ought not [to be taught] for the sake of base gain.
- One of themselves, a prophet of their own, has said, Cretans are always liars, evil wild beasts, lazy gluttons.
- This testimony is true;
for which cause rebuke them severely, that they may be sound in the faith,
- not turning [their] minds to Jewish fables and commandments of men turning away from the truth.
- All things [are] pure to the pure;
but to the defiled and unbelieving nothing [is] pure;
but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
- They profess to know God, but in works deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and found worthless as to every good work.