ALT(i) 1 Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to [the] faith of [the] chosen ones of God and [the] full [or, true] knowledge of [the] truth, the [one] according to godliness, 2 in [the] hope [or, confident expectation] of eternal life, which the incapable of lying God promised before eternal times [or, before time began], 3 but in its own times [fig., at the proper time] He revealed His word in [the] proclamation which I was entrusted with according to [the] command of God our Savior, 4 To Titus, a genuine child according to [our] common faith: Grace, mercy, [and] peace from God [the] Father and [the] Lord Jesus Christ our Savior! 5 On account of this I left you in Crete, so that you should set in order the things lacking and appoint [or, set up] elders [Gr. prebuteros] in every city, as I commanded you. 6 If anyone is beyond reproach, [the] husband of one wife [or, a one-wife kind of man], having faithful [or, believing] children, not under accusation of reckless living or insubordinate. 7 For it is necessary [for] the overseer [Gr. episkope] to be beyond reproach, as God's steward, not self-willed [or, stubborn], not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not violent [or, quarrelsome], not greedy for dishonest gain, 8 but a friend of strangers [or, hospitable], loving what is good [or, tireless in activities prompted by love], sensible, righteous, holy, [and] self-controlled, 9 holding firmly to the trustworthy word according to the teaching, so that he shall be able also to encourage [others] in the sound teaching and to convince the ones speaking against [it]. 10 For there are also many [who are] insubordinate, idle-talkers, and deceivers, especially the [ones] of the circumcision, 11 whose mouth it is necessary to be silencing, who overturn [or, upset] whole households, teaching what is not necessary, for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 A certain one of them, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans [are] always liars, evil beasts, [and] lazy bellies [fig., gluttons]!" [i.e. a quote from Epimendes, c. 600 B.C.] 13 This testimony is true; for which cause rebuke them sharply, so that they shall be sound in the faith, 14 not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of people, turning themselves away from the truth. 15 All things indeed [are] pure to the pure, but to the ones having been defiled and unbelieving nothing [is] pure, but both their mind and their conscience [are] defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but they deny [Him] in their works, being detestable and disobedient and disqualified for every good work.