1 Paul, 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
2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot
lie, promised before the world began;
3 But hath in due times manifested his word
through preaching, which is committed unto me
according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith:
Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
5 For 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
6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife,
having faithful children not accused of riot or
7 For 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;
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good
men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
9 Holding 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.
10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and
deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole
houses, teaching things which they ought not, for
filthy lucre's sake.
12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own,
said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts,
13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them
sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and
commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto
them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing
pure; but even their mind and conscience is
16 They profess that they know God; but in works
they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient,
and unto every good work reprobate.