- ¶ PAUL, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ in the faith of God’s elect and in the knowledge of true godliness;
- In the hope of eternal life, which the true God promised ages ago;
- And has in due time revealed his word by our preaching (which preaching has been intrusted to me by the command of God our Saviour);
- To Titus, a true son in the common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
- ¶ For this cause I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are wanting and ordain elders in every city where there is a need as I had commanded you.
- ¶ Appoint only an elder who is blameless and the husband of one wife, and one who has faithful children who do not swear and who are not intemperate.
- For an elder must be blameless, as a steward of God;
and he must not be self-willed, not quick tempered, not excessive in the use of wine, not too ready to strike with his hand, not a lover of filthy lucre;
- But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good things, sober, just, pious, and temperate of worldly desires;
- Holding fast the doctrine of faith, so that he may be able to comfort by his sound doctrine, and to rebuke those who are proud.
- For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers of the people, especially those who belong to the circumcision,
- Whose mouths must be stopped, for they corrupt many families, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of filthy lucre.
- One of them, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are always liars, vicious beasts with empty bellies.
- This testimony is true.
Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
- And not give heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who hate the truth.
- To the pure, all things are pure;
but nothing is pure to those who are defiled and faithless;
even their mind and conscience is defiled.
- They profess to know God, but in works they deny him, and they are abominable and disobedient, condemning every kind of good work.