Book of Titus
One of the three Pastoral Epistles
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|Apostle Paul (v 1:1), while he was ministering to the churches in Macedonia.||
This letter was written to Titus, who was a pastor in Crete, to give personal
encouragement and counsel. Paul instructs Titus to set up a church order of elders
and bishops. Then encouraging Titus to stand strong in the word of truth, not to
be hesitant to rebuke men, when they abuse God's grace. And the letter closes
with some basic teachings.
1Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, testified of this by God's elect and by the truth of the scriptures, that brings about godliness. 2Having the hope of eternal life, according to God's promise, before time began. 3In the course of time, God has made His Word known through preaching and this Word has been entrusted to me according to the charge of God our Savior.
4To Titus, a true son in our common faith, Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
5I have left you in Crete, that you should put in place the order of what is lacking, appointing elders in every city, as I have told you to. 6These men must be blameless, the husband of one wife having faithful children that do not rebel. 7A bishop must be blameless, a steward of God, not self-willed, not easily angered, not given to wine, violent, or greedy for money. 8But, he shall be hospitable, loving what is good, sound in mind and self controlled, holy and just. 9Holding fast to the faithful Word of God, as he has been taught, that he might be able to both lift up others and convict those who oppose the Word of God, showing them their error.
10For there are many who are disobedient, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially within the church, whose background is Judaism. 11They must be stopped! They undermined entire households, teaching things for their own gain. 12Even one of their own has spoken on the deeds of the Cretans, saying; they are always liars, evil beasts and lazy. 13What I tell you is true, therefore, rebuke them sharply, so they may become sound in the faith. 14Not entertaining Jewish fables and commandments of men that have twisted the truth. 15To the pure in heart all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure, even their own mind and conscience are defiled. 16They profess to know God, but by their own works they deny Him, they are an abomination, disobedient and have disqualified themselves unto every good work.
1As for you, speak sound doctrine. 2That the older men may be moderate in all things, having dignified qualities, discreet, reverent and sound in their faith, loving and having patience endurance. 3Likewise, the older women are to be reverent, showing respect, not slanderers, or of too much wine, being teachers of good things. 4That they may instruct the younger women to love their husbands and their children. 5So the younger women may be pure and virtuous in their marriage, homemakers, good and obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God may not be blasphemed. 6Likewise strongly encourage the young men to be of sound mind.
7In all things show yourself to be an example in your good works, in teaching integrity, reverent in your doctrine, that is incorruptible. 8With sound speech that is faultless, that he who takes issue may be ashamed, finding nothing evil against you.
9Encourage slaves to be obedient to their own masters and pleasing in all matters, not being disagreeable. 10Not stealing from their masters, but showing steadfastness in the doctrine of God our Savior.
11For God's saving grace that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12Teaching us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, that we should live moderately, righteously and godly lives. 13Looking towards the hope we have of the return of our glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 14Who died for us to redeem us from every wicked deed and purify us as His own special people, eager to do good works.
15Speak these things, advise the people and rebuke with authority. Let no one undermined you.
1Remind your people to be subject to authorities, willing to do any upright and honorable work. 2To speak evil of no one, being peaceable, gentle and humble to all men. 3We also were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, scheming evil and living in hatred towards one another. 4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared towards man. 5Not according to the works we have done, but according to His mercy, He saved us, washed us, regenerated us and renewed us with the Holy Spirit. 6Whom He abundantly poured out on us through His Son Jesus Christ our Savior. 7Having now been justified by His grace, we should become heirs to the hope of eternal life. 8The Word is faithful and steadfast concerning these things and I wish you to affirm them always. That those who believe in God should diligently maintain good works, these things are good and profitable to men.
9Avoid foolish arguments, doctrines or debates about the law, for they are unprofitable and useless. 10Reject a contentious man, one who breeds disunity, after the first or second reproof. 11Knowing that such a person is deceived by their sin and has condemned themselves.
12When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you. Be diligent and meet me in the city of Nicopolis on the border of Macedonia, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13Quickly send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey, so that they are without lack. 14Teaching the people to maintain good works and to meet urgent needs, that they may be fruitful.
15All those with me greet you. Greet all those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all, Amen.