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Titus 1:5-16

1:5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you--

1:6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination.

1:7 For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,

1:8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.

1:9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

1:10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party.

1:11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.

1:12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."

1:13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,

1:14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth.

1:15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled.

1:16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.

 

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