1 Paul,a a servant of Godb and an apostle of Jesus Christ, forA the faith of God’s electc and their knowledge of the truthd that leadsB to godliness,e 2 in the hope of eternal lifef that God, who cannot lie,g promised before time began.h 3 In his own time he has revealedi his wordj in the preaching with which I was entrustedk by the commandl of God our Savior:m
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.p
5 The reason I left you in Creteq was to set right what was left undone and, as I directed you, to appoint eldersr in every town. 6 An elders must be blameless:t the husband of one wife, with faithfulC children who are not accused of wildness or rebellion. 7 As an overseeru of God’s household, he must be blameless: not arrogant, not hot-tempered, not an excessive drinker, not a bully, not greedy for money, 8 but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, righteous, holy, self-controlled, 9 holding to the faithful message as taught,v so that he will be able both to encourage with sound teachingw and to refute those who contradict it.
10 For there are many rebellious people, full of empty talk and deception, especially those from the circumcision party. 11 It is necessary to silence them; they are ruining entire households by teaching what they shouldn’t in order to get money dishonestly. 12 One of their very own prophets said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true.x For this reason, rebuke them sharply,y so that they may be sound in the faith 14 and may not pay attention to Jewish mythsz and the commands of people who reject the truth.aa
15 To the pure, everything is pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; in fact, both their mind and conscienceab are defiled. 16 They claim to know God,ac but they deny him by their works.ad They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good work.ae
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