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.

2:1Now you must say what is appropriate for continually beneficial teaching.2:2Male elders must be sober, dignified, and sensible, with a completely healthy faith, love, and endurance.2:3The same goes for the female elders. They must conduct themselves in a manner worthy of their priestly honor; not slanderers or drunks but teachers of what is right.2:4Then they can put some sense into the new women, teaching them to love their husbands and children,2:5to be wise and holy, to be responsible running their homes, to be good, and to align themselves with their own husbands. This way no one will be able to give the Word of God a bad name.2:6The same goes for the new men; encourage them to be wise.2:7In everything you do, be the ideal model. Be above reproach in your teaching, and dignified2:8and pure in your words. That way whoever is opposing you will be ashamed, because they will have nothing bad to say about us.

2:9Slaves must align themselves with their owners in everything: pleasing, agreeing,2:10not embezzling. Instead, they must exhibit good faith in everything, so that the teaching of God our Savior may be made attractive in every way.2:11For the saving favor of God suddenly made its appearance to all people,2:12training us to renounce irreverence and worldly cravings, so that we should live sensibly, justly, and devoutly in the current age.2:13We eagerly anticipate the sudden, majestic appearance of our great God and Savior Jesus the Anointed,2:14who gave himself for our sakes to redeem us from all lawlessness, and to cleanse for himself people who are eager to do good deeds.

2:15Tell them about these things; encourage and refute with divine sanction. Let no one slight you.3:1Gently remind them to be good citizens, to be ready to do all kinds of good deeds,3:2to not slander, and to be peaceable, moderate, and gentle to all people.

3:3We too were once foolish and incorrigible, being deceived and enslaved to various desires and gratifications. We were malicious and envious, hating each other.3:4But when our Savior God’s kindness and compassion for people appeared,3:5he saved us— not because of anything we did right, but according to his mercy. He saved us by bathing us in the rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit,3:6which he poured out on us generously through our Savior Jesus the Anointed.3:7Being cleared of all charges by that favor, we can become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.3:8You can count on that!

I want you to insist upon these things, so that those who have trusted in God may lead the way when it comes to good deeds. This is good and beneficial for the people.3:9Yet keep your distance from ridiculous speculation and genealogies, and tension and fighting about the law; they are worthless and pointless.3:10Reject a divisive person after two warnings.3:11You can be sure that they have excluded themselves and are in error; they are self-condemned.

3:12When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to visit me in Nicopolis, because I have decided to stay there this winter.3:13Send out Zenas the lawyer and Apollos with whatever they need.3:14Our people need to learn to put good deeds into practice so that they won’t be unproductive.3:15All those with me greet you; please greet our friends in the faith. Favor be with you all.

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