Paul a slave of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ according to the faith of the chosen ones of God and full knowledge of the truth that leads to piety 2 in hope of eternal life, which the God who does not lie promised before eternal times, 3 but his word manifested in its own times in a proclamation which was entrusted to me according to the command of God our Savior, 4 to Titus a true child according to a common faith: Grace and Peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
5 I left you in Crete for this reason, in order that you should set in order the things that are wanting, and should appoint elders in each city, as I charged you, 6 if anyone is unreprovable, husband of one wife, having believing children, who are not unruly nor in accusation of profligacy. 7 For the bishop must be unreprovable as a steward of God, not self-pleasing, not passionate, not given to wine, not a striker, not greedy of base gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, sensible, just, holy, self-controlled, 9 holding to the faithful teaching according to the word, in order that he may be able by sound teaching both to exhort and to convince those who are contrary. 10 For there are deceivers, specially the ones of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who overturn whole households teaching things which should not be taught for the sake of base gain. 12 A certain one of them, one of their own prophets, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, idle gluttons.” 13 This witness is true. For which cause reprove them severely, in order that they may be healthy in the faith, 14 not giving heed to Jewish tales and commandments of men that pervert the truth. 15 All things are clean to the clean; but to those who have been defiled and unfaithful nothing is clean, but both their mind and conscience have been defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works, being abominable and disobedient and reprobate to every good work.
But speak things which becomes sound teaching. 2 Aged men are to be sober, grave, sensible, sound in the faith, in love and in endurance; 3 aged women are to be similarly reverent in demeanor, not slanderers, or enslaved by much wine, teachers of what is good, 4 in order that they may train the young women to be lovers of their husbands, child-lovers, sensible, pure, home-workers, good, being subject to their own husbands, lest the word of God be blasphemed. 6 Similarly, exhort the younger men to be sensible 7 about all things, showing yourself a pattern of good works, with uncorruptness in your teaching, gravity and sound irreprehensible speech, in order that the man of the contrary side may be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us. 9 Slaves are to be subject to their own masters in all things, to be well-pleasing, not contradicting, 10 not stealing, but showing all good faith, in order that they may adorn the teaching of our Savior God in all things. For the saving grace of God appeared to all men, 12 instructing us, in order that through denying impiety and worldly lusts we might live sensibly and righteously and piously in the present age, 13 expecting the blessed hope and appearance of the glory of the great God and our Savior Christ Jesus, 14 who gave himself on our behalf in order that he might ransom us from all iniquity and might cleanse for himself a people of his own possession, zealous of good works. 15 Speak these things and exhort and reprove with all command; let no one despise you.
Remind them to be subject and to be obedient to rulers and authorities, to be ready to every good work, 2 to rail at no one, to be uncontentious, forbearing, showing forth all meekness to all men. 3 For then we also were senseless, disobedient, being deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in evil and envy, hateful, hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior appeared to man, 5 not by works we did in righteousness, but according to his mercy he saved us through the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 which he shed on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 in order that being justified by the grace of that one we might become heirs according to a hope of eternal life. 8 This word is faithful, and I wish you to confidently affirm as to these things, in order that the ones who have believed God may take thought to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men; 9 but shun foolish questionings and genealogies and strife and legal fights; for they are unprofitable and vain. 10 Avoid a fractious man after one and a second admonition, 11 knowing that such a man has been perverted and sins, being self-condemned.
12 Whenever I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, hasten to come to me in Nicopolis; for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13 Urgently send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos forward, in order that nothing may be lacking to them. 14 And let our people also learn to maintain good works for necessities, lest they be unfruitful.
15 All the ones with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.