The Hope of Eternal Life
Paul, a Servant of God and an Apostle of Jesus Christ
For the Faith of God's Elect
And the knowledge of the Truth that leads to godliness--
2 A FAITH AND KNOWLEDGE
RESTING ON THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE,
WHICH GOD, WHO DOES NOT LIE,
PROMISED BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF TIME,
3 AND AT HIS APPOINTED SEASON
HE BROUGHT HIS WORD TO LIGHT
THROUGH THE PREACHING ENTRUSTED TO ME
BY THE COMMAND OF GOD OUR SAVIOR,
4 To Titus, my true son in our Common Faith;
Grace and Peace from God the Father
And Christ Jesus our Savior.
Titus' Task On Crete
5 The reason I left you in Crete
Was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished
And appoint Elders in every town,
As I directed you.
6 And Elder must be Blameless,
The Husband of but one wife,
A man whose children believe
And are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.
7 Since an Overseer is entrusted with God's Work,
He must be Blameless—not Overbearing,
Not quick tempered, not given to much wine,
Not Violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.
8 Rather he must be Hospitable,
One who loves what is good, who is self-controlled,
Upright, Holy and Disciplined.
9 HE MUST HOLD FIRMLY TO THE TRUSTWORTHY MESSAGE
AS IT HAS BEEN TAUGHT,
SO THAT HE CAN ENCOURAGE OTHERS
BY SOUND DOCTRINE
AND REFUTE THOSE WHO OPPOSE IT.
10 FOR THERE ARE MANY REBELLIOUS PEOPLE,
MERE TALKERS AND DECEIVERS,
ESPECIALLY THOSE OF THE CIRCUMCISION GROUP.
11 THEY MUST BE SILENCED,
BECAUSE THEY ARE RUINING WHOLE HOUSEHOLDS
BY TEACHING THINGS THAT OUGHT NOT TO TEACH--
AND FOR THE SAKE OF DISHONEST GAIN.
12 Even one of their own Prophets has said,
'Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.'
13 This Testimony is true.
Therefore, Rebuke them Sharply,
So that they will be sound in the Faith
14 And will pay no attention to Jewish Myths
Or to the Commands of those who Reject the Truth.
15 TO THE PURE, ALL THINGS ARE PURE,
BUT TO THOSE WHO ARE CORRUPTED
AND DO NOT BELIEVE,
NOTHING IS PURE.
IN FACT, BOTH THEIR MINDS AND CONSCIENCES ARE CORRUPTED.
16 THEY CLAIM TO KNOW GOD,
BUT BY THEIR ACTIONS THEY DENY HIM.
THEY ARE DETESTABLE, DISOBEDIENT
AND UNFIT FOR DOING ANYTHING GOOD.