1:1 Paul, a slave 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;
1:2 in hope of eternal Life, which God, That cannot lie, promised before the world began;
1:3 but hath in due times manifested His word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
1:4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
1:5 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:
1:6 if any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
1:8 but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
1:9 holding 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.
1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
1:11 whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
1:12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, "The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, stomachs inching along."
1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
1:14 not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the Truth.
1:15 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.
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