1 Paul, the servant of God, and apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of the elect of God, and the perfect knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God who cannot lie, promised before the eternal times, 3 and manifested in his own seasons his word by preaching, with which I am intrusted, according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
4 to Titus, my beloved son according to the common faith. Grace and peace from God the Father and Jesus Christ our Saviour.
5 Therefore I left you in Crete, in order that you may set in order remaining things, and establish elders in every city, as I commanded you; 6 if any one is irreproachable, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not in accusation of riot or incorrigible. 7 For it behooves the bishop to be blameless, as the steward of God; not audacious, not irascible, not given to wine, not a controvertist, not fond of filthy lucre; 8 but hospitable, loving the good, prudent, righteous, holy, temperate; 9 holding that which is according to the teaching of the faithful word, in order that he may be able both to exhort with healthy teaching, and to convict the opposers.
10 For many are incorrigible, speaking vain things and egotistical, especially those from the circumcision, 11 whose mouths it is necessary to stop; who overturn whole families, teaching those things which it does not behoove, for the sake of disgraceful gain. 12 A certain one of them, their own prophet, said, The Cretans are all liars, evil beasts, slow stomachs.
13 This testimony is true: on account of which cause convict them sharply, in order that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men turning away from the truth.