1From Paul, servant of God, an apostle of Jesus Christ to bring those whom God has chosen to faith andto the knowledge of the truth that leads to true religion, 2and to give them the hope of the eternal life that was promised so long ago by God. He does not lie 3and so, in due time, he made known his message by a proclamation which was entrusted to me by thecommand of God our Saviour. 4To Titus, true child of mine in the faith that we share. Grace and peace from God the Father and fromChrist Jesus our Saviour. 5The reason I left you behind in Crete was for you to organise everything that stil had to be done andappoint elders in every town, in the way that I told you, 6that is, each of them must be a man of irreproachable character, husband of one wife, and his childrenmust be believers and not liable to be charged with disorderly conduct or insubordination. 7The presiding elder has to be irreproachable since he is God's representative: never arrogant or hot-tempered, nor a heavy drinker or violent, nor avaricious; 8but hospitable and a lover of goodness; sensible, upright, devout and self-control ed; 9and he must have a firm grasp of the unchanging message of the tradition, so that he can be counted onboth for giving encouragement in sound doctrine and for refuting those who argue against it. 10And in fact there are many people who are insubordinate, who talk nonsense and try to make othersbelieve it, particularly among those of the circumcision. 11They must be silenced: people of this kind upset whole families, by teaching things that they ought notto, and doing it for the sake of sordid gain. 12It was one of themselves, one of their own prophets, who said, 'Cretans were never anything but liars,dangerous animals, al greed and laziness'; 13and that is a true statement. So be severe in correcting them, and make them sound in the faith 14so that they stop taking notice of Jewish myths and the orders of people who turn away from the truth. 15To those who are pure themselves, everything is pure; but to those who have been corrupted and lackfaith, nothing can be pure -- the corruption is both in their minds and in their consciences. 16They claim to know God but by their works they deny him; they are outrageously rebellious and quiteuntrustworthy for any good work.
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