1 Paul, a bondservant of God and apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's chosen and the full knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness*, 2 upon the hope of everlasting life, which God, who is incapable of lying, promised before times everlasting. 3 But in his own seasons, he manifested his word in the preaching in which I was entrusted, according to the commandment of God our Savior.
4 To Titus, my genuine child according to our common faith: grace, mercy, peace from God the Father and Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior. 5 Because of this, I left you in Crete, in order that you might amend the things which are deficient and should designate elders in every city, as I commanded you. 6 If anyone is irreproachable, the husband of one wife, having believing children, who is not in an accusation of riotousness or rebellious. 7 For* it is essential for the overseer to be irreproachable as God's steward; not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not a drunkard, not a bully, not covetous; 8 but hospitable, who loves good, sensible, just, holy, self-controlled; 9 holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, in order that he may be able also to encourage in the sound teaching and to convict those who contradict it.
10 For* there are many even rebellious men, empty-talkers and deceivers, especially those out of the circumcision, 11 whom it is essential to gag; men who are perverting whole houses, teaching things which it is not essential to teach, because of shameful gain. 12 Someone from them, a prophet of their own, said, Cretans are habitually liars, evil beasts, idle gluttons. 13 This testimony is true. Because of which case, reprove them sharply, in order that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not taking-heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who are turning away from the truth. 15 Indeed, all things are clean to the clean, but nothing is clean to those who have been defiled and are unbelieving, but both their mind and their conscience have been defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but they are denying him by their works, being detestable and disobedient and unapproved toward every good work.

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