I. Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of God's chosen, and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness;
2upon hope of eternal life, which God, who can not lie, promised before eternal ages,
3but in its own times manifested his word in the preaching, with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of our Savior God;
4to Titus, a true child according to the common faith: Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
5For this cause I left thee behind in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and appoint elders in each city, as I directed thee;
6if any one is without reproach, the husband of one wife, having believing children not accused of rioting or unruly.
7For the overseer must be, without reproach, as God's steward; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, not a striker, not greedy of gain;
8but hospitable, a lover of the good, discreet, just, holy, temperate;
9holding fast the faithful word according to the teaching, that he may be able with the sound teaching both to exhort, and to refute the gainsayers.
10For there are many unruly vain talkers and deceivers, chiefly they of the circumcision;
11whose mouths must be stopped, who overturn whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of base gain.
12One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said: Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.
13This testimony is true. For which cause reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
14not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, who turn away from the truth.
15To the pure all things are pure; but to the defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but both their mind and conscience are defiled.
16They profess that they know God; but by their works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and for every good work reprobate.