¶ 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 after godliness;
- In hope of eternal life, which 〈God〉, that cannot lie, promised before the world began:
- But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of 〈God〉 our Savious;
- To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from 〈God〉 the Father and the 〈Lord〉 〈Jesus〉 〈Christ〉 our Saviour.
- 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 appointed thee:
- If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
- 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;
- But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
- 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.
- For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
- Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
- One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cre′-tians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
- This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
- Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
- 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 defiled.
- They profess that they know 〈God〉; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
¶ BUT speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
- That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
- The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
- That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.
- To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of 〈God〉 be not blasphemed.
- Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
- In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
- Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
- Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of 〈God〉 our Saviour in all things.
- For the grace of 〈God〉 that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.
- Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
- Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great 〈God〉 and our Saviour 〈Jesus〉 〈Christ〉;
- Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
- These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
¶ PUT them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work.
- To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
- For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
- But after that the kindness and love of 〈God〉 our Saviour toward man appeared,
- Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy 〈Ghost〉;
- Which he shed on us abundantly through 〈Jesus〉 〈Christ〉 our Saviour;
- That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
- This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in 〈God〉 might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
- But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
- A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
- Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
- When I shall send Ar′-te-mas unto thee, or Tych′-i-cus, be diligent to come unto me to Ni-cop′-o-lis: for I have determined there to winter.
- Bring Ze′-nas the lawyer and A-pol′-los on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.
- And let our’s also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
- All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. A-men′.