1 PAUL, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of the elect of God, and the knowledge of truth which leads to godliness; 2 in hope of life eternal, which God, who cannot lie, hath promised before time had a being; 3 but hath manifested in his own appointed season his word by the preaching, with which I have been entrusted, according to the command of our Saviour God;
4 to Titus, my genuine son after the common faith, be grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
5 For this purpose I left thee behind me at Crete, that thou mightest direct the regulations which remained to be executed, and that thou shouldest appoint presbyters in every city, as I charged thee to do: 6 if there be a man blameless, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not under an accusation or debauchery, or disorderly conduct. 7 For a bishop ought to be irreproachable, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not irritable, not addicted to wine, not quarrelsome, not greedy of filthy lucre; 8 but the stranger's host, the good man's friend, grave, just, holy, temperate; 9 firmly attached to the faithful word, according to the doctrine delivered, that he may be able to exhort with sound instruction and to confute the opposers.
10 For there are many disorderly persons vainly talkative, and under a spirit of delusion, especially some of the circumcised; 11 whose mouths ought to be muzzled, who pervert whole families, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of base gain. 12 One of them, a poet of their own nation, hath said, The Cretans are always liars, wicked beasts, slothful gluttons.
13 This testimony is true. For which cause rebuke them with severity, that they may be sound in the faith; 14 not attending to Jewish fables, and injunctions of men, who have turned away from the truth.