1: Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's chosen ones, and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness,
2: in hope of eternal life, which God, who can't lie, promised before time began;
3: but in his own time revealed his word in the message with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior;
4: to Titus, my true child according to a common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
5: I left you in Crete for this reason, that you would set in order the things that were lacking, and appoint elders in every city, as I directed you;
6: if anyone is blameless, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, who are not accused of loose or unruly behavior.
7: For the overseer must be blameless, as God's steward; not self-pleasing, not easily angered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for dishonest gain;
8: but given to hospitality, a lover of good, sober minded, fair, holy, self-controlled;
9: holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict those who contradict him.
10: For there are also many unruly men, vain talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision,
11: whose mouths must be stopped; men who overthrow whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for dishonest gain's sake.
12: One of them, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, and idle gluttons."
13: This testimony is true. For this cause, reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
14: not paying attention to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.
15: To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
16: They profess that they know God, but by their works they deny him, being abominable, disobedient, and unfit for any good work.