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; 2: In hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began; 3: But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior; 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. 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: 6: If any is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of riot, or disorderly. 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; 8: But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 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. 10: For there are many disorderly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of sordid gain. 12: One of themselves, [even] a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians [are] always liars, evil beasts, slow 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 that turn from the truth. 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. 16: They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and to every good work reprobate.