From Paul, a slave of God and apostle of Jesus Christ, to further the faith of the elect and to further the knowledge of the truth that flows to godliness, 2 a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time 3 But now in his appointed time has revealed it to us through the preaching which God our savior entrusted to me. 4 To Titus, my genuine son in a common faith. Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior!
5 The reason I left you in Crete was to set in order the remaining matters and to appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 Men who are blameless, “devoted solely to their wives.” , with faithful children who are not wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer is entrusted with overseeing the household of God—he must be blameless, not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given over to too much wine, not violent, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Instead he must be hospitable, loving what is good, have a well-balanced perspective, does what is right, is holy and self-controlled. 9 He must hold firmly to the faithful message as it has been taught so that he can encourage others with healthy teaching and correct those who speak against it.
10 For there are rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those who insist on circumcision. 11 These men must be silenced- because they are overturning entire families by teaching things that ought not to be taught- and doing it for dishonest gain. 12 A certain one of them, in fact, one of their own prophets, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 Such testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply that they may have a healthy faith 14 and not pay attention to Jewish myths or to the commands of these people who reject the truth. 15 Everything is pure to those who are pure. But to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God but their actions deny him, They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good use.