1 Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of
God's elect and full true knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness,
2 in hope of eternal life which God, who is without lie, promised before the beginning of
3 but has in due time proclaimed His Word through preaching, which was committed to
me according to the commandment of God our Savior;
4 to Titus, a true son in our common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the
Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are
lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I assigned you:
6 If a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused
of loose behavior or disobedience.
7 For an overseer must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not prone to
anger, not given to wine, not quarrelsome, not greedy for money,
8 but hospitable, a lover of what is good, of a sound mind, just, holy, self-controlled,
9 holding fast the faithful Word according to the teaching, that he may be able, by sound
doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.
10 For there are many insubordinate, idle talkers and seducers, especially those of the circumcision,
11 whose mouths must be stopped, who overturn whole households, teaching things
which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.
12 One of them, a prophet of their own, said, Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy
13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the
14 not giving heed to Jewish myths and commandments of men that turn away from the
15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing
is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.
16 They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and reprobate with regard to every good work.
1 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine:
2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;
3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given
to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the
Word of God may not be blasphemed.
6 Likewise exhort the young men to be of sound mind,
7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing
integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,
8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that he who is in opposition may be ashamed,
having nothing evil to say of you.
9 Let bondservants be obedient to their own masters, well pleasing in all things, not
10 not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God
our Savior in all things.
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live with sound
mind, righteously, and godly in the present age,
13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior
14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all lawlessness and purify a
people for His own possession, zealous unto good works.
15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.
1 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey superiors, to be ready for
every good work,
2 to speak evil of no one, not being a brawler, but fair, showing all meekness to all men.
3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, led astray, enslaved to various
lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.
4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He
saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 that being justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those
believing in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and
profitable to men.
9 But avoid foolish questionings, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the Law;
for they are unprofitable and vain.
10 Shun a man of heresy after the first and second admonition,
11 knowing that such a person is corrupt and sinning, being self-condemned.
12 When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me at Nicopolis, for
I have decided to spend the winter there.
13 Send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey with diligence, that they may
14 And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they
may not be unfruitful.
15 All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with
you all. Amen.