The Epistle of Paul to Titus
1 – Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of the elect of God and the acknowledging of the truth, which is according to godliness:
2 – Unto the hope of life everlasting, which God, who lieth not, hath promised before the times of the world:
3 – But hath in due times manifested his word in preaching, which is committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior:
4 – To Titus my beloved son, according to the common faith, grace and peace from God the Father, and from Christ Jesus our Savior.
5 – For this cause I left thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and shouldest ordain priests in every city, as I also appointed thee:
6 – If any be without crime, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of riot, or unruly.
7 – For a bishop must be without crime, as the steward of God: not proud, not subject to anger, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre:
8 – But given to hospitality, gentle, sober, just, holy, continent:
9 – Embracing that faithful word which is according to doctrine, that he may be able to exhort in sound doctrine, and to convince the gainsayers.
10 – For there are also many disobedient, vain talkers, and seducers: especially they who are of the circumcision:
11 – Who must be reproved, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
12 – One of them a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slothful bellies.
13 – This testimony 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, who turn themselves away from the truth.
15 – All things are clean to the clean: but to them that are defiled, and to unbelievers, nothing is clean: but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
16 – They profess that they know God: but in their works they deny him; being abominable, and incredulous, and to every good work reprobate.
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