1Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect,
and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; 2In hope of eternal life, which God,
who cannot lie, promised before the world began; 3But has in due times manifested his word
through preaching, which is committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior;
4To Titus, my own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God
the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
5I left you in Crete for this cause, that you should set in order the things that are wanting and
ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed you:
6If any is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or
unruly. 7For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry,
not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good
men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he
may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 10For there are
many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially they of the circumcision: 11Whose mouths
must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they should not, for filthy
lucre's sake. 12One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians
liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 13This witness is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that
may be sound in the faith; 14Not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men, who
turn from the truth. 15To the pure all things are pure: but to those who are defiled and
unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their minds and consciences are defiled. 16They profess that
they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable and disobedient and reprobate
to every good work.
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1But speak the things which become sound doctrine: 2That the aged men may be sober,
temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience. 3Likewise that the aged women may be in
behavior as becomes holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good
things; 4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their
children, 5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that
the word of God may not be blasphemed. 6Likewise exhort young men to be sober minded.
all things showing yourself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity,
sincerity, 8Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; so that he who is of the contrary part may
be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. 9Exhort servants to be obedient to their
own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
10Not purloining, but
showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
11For the grace of God which brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12Teaching
denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly, in this
present world; 13Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and
our Savior Jesus Christ; 14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15These things speak and exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise you.
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1Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready
for every good work, 2Not to speak evil of any man, not to be brawlers, but gentle, showing all
meekness to all men. 3For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived,
serving different lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
4But after the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5Not by works of
righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit; 6Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus
Christ our Savior; 7That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the
hope of eternal life. 8This is a faithful saying and these things I will that you
constantly affirm that those who have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things
are good and profitable to men.
9But avoid foolish questions and genealogies and contentions and strivings about the law;
for they are unprofitable and vain. 10A man who is a heretic after the first and second
admonition reject; 11Knowing that he who is such is subverted and sins, being condemned of
himself. 12When I shall send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me to
Nicopolis: for I have determined to winter there . 13Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their
journey diligently, that nothing will be lacking to them. 14And let ours also learn to maintain
good works for necessary uses, so that they arre not unfruitful. 15All that are with me salute you.
Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
[It was written to Titus, ordained the first bishop of the church of the Cretians, from Nicopolis of
Macedonia. KJV note] KJV note is mistaken. Titus was not a bishop. He held the office of evangelist.
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