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Titus

1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of Godís elect, and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, 2in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before times eternal; 3but in his own seasons manifested his word in the message, wherewith I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior; 4to Titus, my true child after a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

5For this cause I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that were wanting, and to appoint elders in every city, as I gave you charge;

6if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having children that believe, who are not accused of riot or being unruly. 7For the bishop must be blameless, as Godís steward; not self-willed, not quick to anger, no brawler, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; 8but given to hospitality, a lover of good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled; 9holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict the gainsayers. 10For there are many unruly men, vain talkers and deceivers, especially they of the circumcision, 11whose mouths must be stopped; men who overthrow whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucreís sake. 12One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, idle gluttons. 13This testimony is true. For which cause reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men who turn away from the truth. 15To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. 16They profess that they know God; but by their works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and a reprobate unto every good work.

 

2 But you, speak the things which suit the sound doctrine: 2that aged men be temperate, grave, sober-minded, sound in faith, in love, in patience: 3that aged women likewise be reverent in demeanor, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of that which is good; 4that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5to be sober-minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed: 6the younger men likewise exhort to be sober-minded: 7in all things showing yourself an example of good works; in your doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, 8sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of us. 9Exhort servants to be in subjection to their own masters, and to be well-pleasing to them in all things; not gainsaying; 10not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12instructing us, to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world; 13looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; 14who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a people for his own possession, zealous of good works.

15These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no man despise you.

 

3 Put them in mind to be in subjection to rulers and to authorities; to be obedient, to be ready unto every good work, 2to speak evil of no man, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing all meekness toward all men. 3For we also once were foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. 4But when the kindness of God our Savior, and his love toward man, appeared, 5not by works done in righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6which he poured out upon us richly, through Jesus Christ our Savior; 7that, being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8Faithful is the saying, and concerning these things I desire that you affirm confidently, to the end that they who have believed God may be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men:

9but shun foolish questionings, and genealogies, and strifes, and fightings about law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 10A factious man after a first and second admonition refuse; 11knowing that such a one is perverted, and sins, being self-condemned. 12When I shall send Artemas unto you, or Tychicus, give diligence to come unto me to Nicopolis: for there I have determined to winter. 13Set forward Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them. 14And let our people also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. 15All that are with me salute you. Salute them that love us in faith. Grace be with you all.

  

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