1 2 3
1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ,
according to the faith of Gods elect, and the acknowledging of the truth
which is after godliness;
2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that
cannot lie, promised before the world began;
3 But hath in due times
manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to
the commandment of God our Saviour;
4 To Titus, mine own son
after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest
set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I
had appointed thee:
6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having
faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
7 For a bishop must
be blameless, as the steward of God; not self willed, not soon angry, not given
to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
8 But a lover of
hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound
doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
10 For there
are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the
11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole
houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucres sake.
of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are
always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
13 This witness is true.
Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are
defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and
conscience is defiled.
16 They profess that they know God; but in
works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every
good work reprobate.
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