1:1 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 according to godliness;
1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began;
1:3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior;
1:4 To Titus, [my] own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
1:5 For this cause I left thee in Crete, that thou shouldst set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
1:6 If any is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of riot, or disorderly.
1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
1:9 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.
1:10 For there are many disorderly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of sordid gain.
1:12 One of themselves, [even] a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians [are] always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
1:13 This testimony is true: wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men that turn from the truth.
1:15 To the pure all things [are] pure: but to them that are defiled and unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and to every good work reprobate.
2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience;
2:3 The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
2:5 [To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
2:6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober-minded.
2:7 In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine [showing] incorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
2:8 Sound speech that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say concerning you.
2:9 [Exhort] servants to be obedient to their own masters, [and] to please [them] well in all [things]; not answering again;
2:10 Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
2:12 Teaching us, that denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and piously, in this present world;
2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Savior Jesus Christ;
2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, showing all meekness to all men.
3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, [and] hating one another.
3:4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior towards man appeared,
3:5 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 Spirit;
3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Savior;
3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
3:8 [This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they who have believed in God may be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
3:10 A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject;
3:11 Knowing that he who is such, is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned by himself.
3:12 When I shall send Artemas to thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter.
3:13 Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing may be wanting to them.
3:14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they may not be unfruitful.
3:15 All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace [be] with you all. Amen.