1 Paul, the servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to preach the faith of God's elect, and the knowledge of that truth, 2 which is after godliness upon the hope of eternal life; which life God, that cannot lie, hath promised before the world began: 3 but hath opened his word at the time appointed, through preaching; which preaching is committed unto me, by the commandment of God our saviour.
4 To Titus, his natural son in the common faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ our saviour.
5 For this cause left I thee in Crete: that thou shouldest perform that which was lacking and shouldest ordain elders in every city as I appointed thee. 6 If any be faultless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, which are not slandered of riot, neither are disobedient. 7 For a bishop must be faultless, as it becometh the minister of God; not stubborn, not angry, no drunkard, no fighter, not given to filthy lucre: 8 but harborous, one that loveth goodness, sober minded, righteous, holy, temperate, 9 and such as cleaveth unto the true word of doctrine, that he may be able to exhort with wholesome learning, and to improve them that say against it.
10 For there are many disobedient and talkers of vanity, and deceivers of minds, namely they of the circumcision, 11 whose mouths must be stopped, which pervert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, because of filthy lucre. 12 One being of themselves, which was a poet of their own said, "The Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, and slow bellies."
13 This witness is true, wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 and not taking heed to Jews fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
15 Unto the pure, are all things pure: but unto them that are defiled, and unbelieving, is nothing pure: but even the very minds and consciences of them are defiled. 16 They confess that they know God: but with the deeds they deny him and are abominable, and disobedient, and unto all good works discommendable.