1 Paul, a servant of God—an apostle moreover of Jesus Christ,—According to the faith of the chosen ones of God And the personal knowledge of the truth that is according to godliness,—
2 In hope of life age-abiding; Which God who cannot lie Promised before age-during times,
3 But hath manifested in its fitting seasons, Even his word in the proclamation with which entrusted am I—By injunction of our Saviour God:
4 Unto Titus, my true child according to a common faith,—Favour and peace From God [our] Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour.
5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, That the things remaining undone thou mightest completely set in order, And mightest establish in every city elders As I with thee arranged:—
6 If anyone is unaccusable, a husband of one wife, having children that believe, who are not charged with riotous excess nor insubordinate;
7 For it is needful that the overseer be—Unaccusable as God’s steward, not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, not ready to wound, not seeking gain by base means,
8 But hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, kind, possessing self-control,
9 Holding fast in the matter of his teaching the faithful word, That he may be able both to encourage with his healthful instruction and the gainsayers to refute.
10 For there are many unruly men, Vain talkers and deceivers, Especially they of the circumcision,—
11 Whose mouths must needs be stopped, Men who are upsetting whole houses, Teaching the things which ought not [to be taught]—For the sake of base gain.
12 Said one from among them, a prophet of their own—Cretans! always false, mischievous wild-beasts, idle gluttons:
13 This witness is true,—For which cause be reproving them sharply, That they may be healthy in their faith,
14 Not giving heed to Judaical stories and commandments of men who are turning away from the truth:
15 All things are pure unto the pure, But unto the polluted and faithless Nothing is pure, But polluted are both their mind and conscience;
16 God they confess that they know But by their works they deny him, Being abominable and obdurate And as to any good work found worthless.