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1 Paul, a servant of Goda and an apostleb of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truthc that leads to godlinessd—2 in the hope of eternal life,e which God, who does not lie,f promised before the beginning of time,g 3 and which now at his appointed seasonh he has brought to lighti through the preaching entrusted to mej by the command of Godk our Savior,l
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.o
5 The reason I left you in Cretep was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appointa eldersq in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless,r faithful to his wife, a man whose children believeb and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseers manages God’s household,t he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.u 8 Rather, he must be hospitable,v one who loves what is good,w who is self-controlled,x upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmlyy to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrinez and refute those who oppose it.
10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talka and deception, especially those of the circumcision group.b 11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole householdsc by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 One of Crete’s own prophetsd has said it: “Cretanse are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”c 13 This saying is true. Therefore rebukef them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faithg 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish mythsh or to the merely human commandsi of those who reject the truth.j 15 To the pure, all things are pure,k but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure.l In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.m 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him.n They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.o
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