001 Paul, 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;
002 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
003 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
004 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
005 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:
006 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
007 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;
008 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
009 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.
010 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
011 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
012 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
013 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
014 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
015 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.
016 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.