1Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness. 2In hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began, 3But has in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior.
4To Titus, my own son after the common faith. Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
5I left you in Crete for this cause, that you should set in order the things that are wanting and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed you.
6If any is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 7For 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 8But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate. 9Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught so that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 10For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision. 11Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they should not for filthy lucre's sake. 12One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 13This witness is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply so that they may be sound in the faith, 14Not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men, who turn from the truth. 15To the pure all things are pure but to those who are defiled and
unbelieving nothing is pure but even their minds and consciences are defiled. 16They profess that they know God but in works they deny him, being abominable and disobedient and reprobate to every good work.
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1But speak the things which become sound doctrine, 2That the older men may be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience. 3Likewise that the older women may be in behavior as becomes holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things 4So that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands so that the word of God may not be blasphemed. 6Likewise exhort young men to be sober minded. 7In all things showing yourself a pattern of good works, in doctrine showing incorruptness, gravity,
sincerity, 8Sound speech, that cannot be condemned so that he who is of the contrary part may
be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. 9Exhort servants to be obedient to their own masters and to please them well in all things, not answering again,
10Not holding back but showing all good fidelity so that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
11For the grace of God which brings salvation has appeared to all men,
12Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world. 13Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ. 14Who gave himself for us so that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify to himself a peculiar people zealous of good works.
15These things speak and exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise you.
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1Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready for every good work, 2Not to speak evil of any man, not to be brawlers but gentle, showing all meekness to all men. 3For also we ourselves were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving different lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4But after the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
5Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior 7So that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8This is a faithful saying and these things I will that you constantly affirm that those who have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
9But avoid foolish questions and genealogies and contentions and strivings about the law
for they are unprofitable and vain. 10A man who is a heretic after the first and second
admonition reject, 11Knowing that he who is such is subverted and sins, being condemned of
12When I shall send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me to
Nicopolis for I have determined to winter there.
13Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their
journey diligently so that nothing will be lacking to them. 14And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses so that they are not unfruitful. 15All that are with me salute you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
[It was written to Titus, ordained the first bishop of the church of the Cretians, from Nicopolis of
Macedonia. (KJV note)]
The KJV note is mistaken. Titus was not a bishop. He held the office of evangelist. The "Monarchical Episcopate" or one man Bishop system, did not appear until the early second century.
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