To Titus

1:1Paul, slave of God yet Ambassador of Jesus the Anointed, according to the faith of God’s chosen ones, and to the devoutness of the realization of the truth,1:2on the hope of ageless life which God, who does not lie, made apparent in ages past;1:3yet in the time of his choosing I was considered trustworthy to announce his Word, according to the divine command of our Savior God,

1:4To Titus, a genuine member of our common faith: Favor and peace to you from God our father and Anointed Jesus our Savior.

1:5It is for the sake of this favor that I left you in Crete to set up what is lacking, namely the appointing of elders according to city, based on the criteria I specified:

1:6It must be someone who is above reproach, faithful to their spouse, with children who are believers who cannot be accused of being wild or disrespectful.1:7For a guardian has to be a manager for God who is above reproach, not self-centered, short-fused, given to addictions, violent, or unethical.1:8Instead, they should be hospitable, seeking the good, sensible, fair, pure, and self-controlled.1:9They must be reliable for staying faithful to the right teachings so they can expose false ones, while encouraging the teaching of that which is healthy.

1:10For there are many insubordinate babblers and impostors, especially those from “the circumcision.”11:11They must be corralled because they subvert entire households and teach legalism as scams to make money.1:12One of their own prophets has even said, “Cretans are always liars, dangerous wild animals, lazy bellies.”1:13And that’s true! So expose them decisively, that they may be made healthy in the faith,1:14not listening to Judaic myths and the rules of people who turn from the truth.

1:15Everything is clean to those who are clean, but nothing is clean to those whose mind and conscience is tainted.1:16They claim they have a familiarity with God, yet by their actions they deny it; they are repulsive and incorrigible, and good for nothing.

  1. 1“The circumcision” referred to those who insisted that all Christian men be circumcised per Jewish law.