1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness,
1:2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before times eternal;
1:3 but in his own seasons manifested his word in the message, wherewith I was intrusted according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
1:4 to Titus, my true child after a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour.
1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that were wanting, and appoint elders in every city, as I gave thee charge;
1:6 if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having children that believe, who are not accused of riot or unruly.
1:7 For the bishop must be blameless, as God's steward; not selfwilled, not soon angry, no brawler, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre;
1:8 but given to hospitality, a lover of good, soberminded, just, holy, temperate;
1:9 holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict the gainsayers.
1:10 For there are many unruly men, vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision,
1:11 whose mouths must be stopped; men who overthrow whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
1:12 One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, Cretans are alway liars, evil beasts, idle gluttons.
1:13 This testimony is true. For which cause reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
1:14 not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.
1:15 To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
1:16 They profess that they know God; but by their works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
2:1 But speak thou the things which befit the sound doctrine:
2:2 that aged men be temperate, grave, soberminded, sound in faith, in love, in patience:
2:3 that aged women likewise be reverent in demeanour, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of that which is good;
2:4 that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,
2:5 to be soberminded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed:
2:6 the younger men likewise exhort to be soberminded:
2:7 in all things shewing thyself an ensample of good works; in thy doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity,
2:8 sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of us.
2:9 Exhort servants to be in subjection to their own masters, and to be well-pleasing to them in all things; not gainsaying;
2:10 not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
2:11 For the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
2:12 instructing us, to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world;
2:13 looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ;
2:14 who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a people for his own possession, zealous of good works.
2:15 These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
3:1 Put them in mind to be in subjection to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready unto every good work,
3:2 to speak evil of no man, not to be contentious, to be gentle, shewing all meekness toward all men.
3:3 For we also were aforetime foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.
3:4 But when the kindness of God our Saviour, and his love toward man, appeared,
3:5 not by works done in righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost,
3:6 which he poured out upon us richly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
3:7 that, being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
3:8 Faithful is the saying, and concerning these things I will that thou affirm confidently, to the end that they which have believed God may be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men:
3:9 but shun foolish questionings, and genealogies, and strifes, and fightings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
3:10 A man that is heretical after a first and second admonition refuse;
3:11 knowing that such a one is perverted, and sinneth, being self-condemned.
3:12 When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, give diligence to come unto me to Nicopolis: for there I have determined to winter.
3:13 Set forward Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.
3:14 And let our people also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
3:15 All that are with me salute thee. Salute them that love us in faith. Grace be with you all.