1:1Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; 1:2In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; 1:3But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; 1:4To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
1:5For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: 1:6If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 1:7For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 1:8But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 1:9Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 1:10For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 1:11Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. 1:12One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 1:13This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; 1:14Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. 1:15Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. 1:16They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
2:1But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2:2That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 2:3The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 2:4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 2:5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 2:6Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. 2:7In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 2:8Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. 2:9Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; 2:10Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. 2:11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 2:12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 2:13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 2:14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 2:15These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
3:1Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, 3:2To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. 3:3For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 3:4But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 3:5Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 3:6Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 3:7That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 3:8This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. 3:9But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 3:10A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 3:11Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
3:12When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter. 3:13Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them. 3:14And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
3:15All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.