1 Paul, a slave of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the full knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, 2 upon hope of eternal life which God, Who cannot lie, promised before eternal times, 3 but in His own seasons manifested His word in a proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior;
4 to Titus, a true child according to the common faith: grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
5 For this cause I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city, as I directed you; 6 if anyone is blameless, a husband of one wife, having believing children not in accusation of rioting, or unruly. 7 For the bishop must be blameless, as God's steward; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, not a striker, not greedy of base gain; 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, sober-minded, righteous, pious, temperate; 9 holding fast the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in the healthful doctrine, and to convict those who contradict.
10 For there are many unruly men, vain-talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, 11 whom it is needful to reduce to silence: who, indeed, are overthrowing whole houses, teaching what they ought not, for the sake of base gain. 12 One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always false, evil beasts, idle gluttons."
13 This testimony is true. For which cause, reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; 14 not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.