Titus


Chapter 1

1: Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to further the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth which accords with godliness,
2: in hope of eternal life which God, who never lies, promised ages ago
3: and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by command of God our Savior;
4: To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
5: This is why I left you in Crete, that you might amend what was defective, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you,
6: if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of being profligate or insubordinate.
7: For a bishop, as God's steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,
8: but hospitable, a lover of goodness, master of himself, upright, holy, and self-controlled;
9: he must hold firm to the sure word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to confute those who contradict it.
10: For there are many insubordinate men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially the circumcision party;
11: they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for base gain what they have no right to teach.
12: One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."
13: This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
14: instead of giving heed to Jewish myths or to commands of men who reject the truth.
15: To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are corrupted.
16: They profess to know God, but they deny him by their deeds; they are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good deed.

Chapter 2

1: But as for you, teach what befits sound doctrine.
2: Bid the older men be temperate, serious, sensible, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.
3: Bid the older women likewise to be reverent in behavior, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good,
4: and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,
5: to be sensible, chaste, domestic, kind, and submissive to their husbands, that the word of God may not be discredited.
6: Likewise urge the younger men to control themselves.
7: Show yourself in all respects a model of good deeds, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity,
8: and sound speech that cannot be censured, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.
9: Bid slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect; they are not to be refractory,
10: nor to pilfer, but to show entire and true fidelity, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
11: For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men,
12: training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world,
13: awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
14: who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
15: Declare these things; exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Chapter 3

1: Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for any honest work,
2: to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all men.
3: For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by men and hating one another;
4: but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,
5: he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit,
6: which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7: so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.
8: The saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men.
9: But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile.
10: As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him,
11: knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.
12: When I send Artemas or Tych'icus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicop'olis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.
13: Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apol'los on their way; see that they lack nothing.
14: And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.
15: All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.