Titus 1 ©

1 After the superscription of the epistle, in which Paul describes the dignity of his apostleship. 5 He declares for what end he had left Titus on the island Crete. 6 And describes the qualifications and gifts which are required in a good teacher or overseer. 10 Exhorts him to withstand the vain speakers and seducers, and to stop their mouths. 12 And forasmuch as the Cretians were bad people, according to the testimony of one of their own poets, that he should reprove them sharply. 14 And exhorts them to avoid Jewish fables, and human institutions. 15 Especially of the distinction of meats. 16 And describes the hypocrisy of these seducers, that they may the better to avoid them.


PAUL, 1a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, 2according to the faith of God's elect, and 3the acknowledging of the truth 4which is after godliness;


5In hope of eternal life, 6which God, thata cannot lie, promised 7beforeb the world began;


But hath 8in due times 9manifested 10his word 11through preaching, whichc is committed unto me 12according to the commandment of God our Saviour;


To Titus,d13mine own son after 14the common faith: Grace,e mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.


For this cause left I thee in 15Crete, that thou shouldest 16set in order 17the things that are wanting, andf ordain 18elders in every city, 19as I had 20appointed thee:


Ifg any be 21blameless, the 22husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of rioth or unruly.


For 23a bishop must be blameless, asi the steward of God; 24not selfwilled, not soon angry, notj given to wine, no striker, notk given to filthy lucre;


But a lover of hospitality,l a lover of 25good men, 26sober, just, holy, temperate;


Holding fast 27the faithful word 28as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and 29to convince the gainsayers.


Form there are many 30unruly and 31vain talkers and deceivers, specially 32they of the circumcision:


33Whose mouths must be stopped, who 34subvert whole 35houses,n teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.


36One of themselves, even a 37prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, 38slow bellies.


This witness 39is true. 40Wherefore rebuke them 41sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;


Noto giving heed to 42Jewish fables, and commandments of men, 43that turn from the truth.


Unto 44the pure 45all thingspare 46pure: butq unto them 47that are defiled and unbelieving 48is nothing pure; but even 49their mind and conscience is defiled.


50They 51profess 52that they know God; but 53in works they deny him, being 54abominable, and 55disobedient, and unto every good work 56reprobate.r