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Titus by Paul of Tarsus
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Chapter 1[edit]

1 Paul, servant of God and Apostle of Jesus Christ, chosen according to faith in God by his elect, and by recognition of the truth that results in piety;

2 In anticipation of eternal life, of which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,

3 But has made manifest his word on the right occasion, through the preaching given to me in accordance with the precept of God our Saviour.

4 Titus, my own beloved son according to our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and our Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ.

5 For this reason I wanted you to remain on Crete, so that you may set right certain things which are lacking, and may appoint elders in every community, in the same way I did you:

6 If a man is able to be without fault, the husband of one wife, keeping faithful sons not accused of being spoilt and rebellious.

7 For it is right that a Bishop must be without sin, as Gods dispenser; he must not be self-serving, not be quick to anger, not be given to much wine, not be given to avarice;

8 But in fact hospitable, kind, sober, just, pious, not indulging in excess;

9 Holding fast to the true word according to which he has been taught, that he may be capable by sound doctrine to exhort and expose those who contradict.

10 As there exist many disobedient talkers and imposters, utmost among those of the circumcision:

11 Whom it is necessary to silence, for they seduce whole houses, teaching things which they should not, for the purpose of dishonest gain.

12 A certain prophet of their own, said of them "Cretans always are liars, evil beasts, idle gluttons."

13 This witness is the truth, on account of which chastise them harshly so that they may be sound in the faith.

14 Not holding to Jewish fables and the laws of those who are averse to the truth.

15 To the sanctified, all things are sanctified, however for those living in iniquity and unbelief nothing is sanctified, as even their frame of mind and conscience is unclean.

16 They confess that they accept God, but with their deeds they deny him; being accursed and disobedient, and according to every moral act condemned.

Chapter 2[edit]

1 But you should teach that which is fitting to sound doctrine:

2 In order that the older men be sober, sensible, prudent, sound in faith, in love, in tolerance;

3 Similarly the aged women should behave in a way befitting holiness, not slanderers, not taking too much wine, serving as good teachers;

4 That they teach the young women to be prudent, to be good wives and good mothers to their children,

5 To be sensible, moral, responsible for the home, good, subject to their husbands, so that the word of God will not become blasphemed.

6 Similarly implore the young men to be sober;

7 In all things showing yourselves to be models of good works, sound in doctrine, dignified,

8 Sound in word, not worthy of condemnation, in order that the opponent may feel shame because he has no evil to speak against us.

9 Implore those bound to serve, to be subject to ones own master in all things, to be pleasing, not opposing,

10 Not stealing, but demonstrating truthfulness so that the teaching of God our Saviour might be adorned in all things.

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to every man,

12 Teaching us that, having renounced the ungodly world and its passions, we might live temperately and justly and piously in this age,

13 Expectantly awaiting the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ,

14 Who surrendered himself in order that he might redeem us from lawlessness and purify for himself a chosen people, zealous for good works.

15 These things speak and exhort and refute with all authority. Let no one hold you in contempt.

Chapter 3[edit]

1 Admonish them to be subordinate to rulers and those in power, to be obedient, to be ready to do good works,

2 To blaspheme no one, not to be quarrelsome, but to display complete gentleness toward every man.

3 At one time we ourselves were also ignorant, disobedient, going astray, being slaves to desire and various pleasures, living a life of evilness and envy, hating each other.

4 But when the goodness and love towards man of God our Saviour appeared,

5 Not on the basis of works done in righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy, he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

6 Whom he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour,

7 So that having been rendered righteous by his grace we might become heirs according to the embodiment of hope which is eternal life.

8 Faithful is the saying; and I will you to strongly assert these things in order that those who accept God as true might undertake good works. These are good and profitable for men.

9 But turn away from foolish searching and genealogies and contentions and conflicts about the Law, for in fact they are useless and deceptive.

10 Warn a heretical person the first time, after the second warning though avoid them,

11 In the knowledge that such a person has become subverted and is in sin, being self-condemned.

12 When I hasten Artemas or Tychicus up to you, endeavour to come to me at Nicopolis for I have decided to spend the winter there.

13 Earnestly help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey, in order that they are not in want for anything.

14 And let this people of ours learn to do good works, amounting to those things which are necessary so that they will not live unfruitful lives.

15. All who are with me greet you. Greet those who regard us with love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.


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