BLB(i) 1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of the elect of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before time eternal 3 and in His own seasons revealed in His word, in the proclamation with which I have been entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior. 4 To Titus, my true child according to our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. 5 On account of this I left you in Crete, that you might set in order the things lacking and might appoint elders in every town, as I directed you, 6 if anyone is blameless, the husband of one wife, having believing children, not under accusation of debauchery, or insubordinate. 7 For it behooves the overseer to be blameless, as God’s steward; not self-willed, not quick tempered, not given to wine, not a striker, not greedy of base gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined; 9 holding to the faithful word according to the teaching, that he may be able both to encourage with sound teaching and to convict those contradicting it. 10 For there are also many insubordinate, empty talkers, and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, 11 whom it is necessary to silence, who overthrow whole households, teaching things that they ought not for the sake of base gain. 12 One of them, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true, for which cause rebuke them severely, so that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not giving heed to Jewish myths and the commandments of men turning away from the truth. 15 To the pure all things are pure; but to those being defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure. Instead, both their mind and conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but in their works they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and unfit for any good work.