1 Paul a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and for their knowledge of the Truth that goes with a religious life, 2 serving in hope of the life eternal which God, who never lies, promised ages ago ??3 he gave effect to his word in due time by a proclamation with which I have been entrusted by command of God our Saviour: ??4 to Titus my lawful son in a faith we hold in common; grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour.
5 I left you behind in Crete in order to finish putting things right and to appoint presbyters in every town as I told you, 6 men who are above reproach, only once married, with children who believe and who are not liable to the charge of being profligate or insubordinate. 7 [For a bishop must be above reproach ??he is a steward of God's house ??he must not be presumptuous or hot-tempered or a drunkard or violent or addicted to pilfering; 8 he must be hospitable, a lover of goodness, master of himself, a just man, a religious man, and abstemious; 9 he must hold by the sure truths of doctrine so as to be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and refute objections raised by any.]
10 For there are plenty of insubordinate creatures who impose on people with their empty arguments, particularly those who have come over from Judaism; 11 they must be silenced, for they are undermining whole families by teaching objectionable doctrine for the base end of making money. 12 It has been said by one of themselves, by a prophet of their own, that ??"Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."
13 That is a true statement. So deal sharply with them, to have them sound in the faith 14 instead of studying Jewish myths and rules laid down by men who have discarded the Truth.