New Revised Standard Version
1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the
faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that is in accordance with
godliness, 2 in the hope of eternal life that God, who never lies, promised
before the ages began – 3 in due time he revealed his word through the
proclamation with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our
4 To Titus, my loyal child in the faith we share:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Titus's commission in Crete
5 I left you behind in Crete for this reason, so that you should put in order
what remained to be done, and should appoint elders in every town, as I
directed you: 6 someone who is blameless, married only once, whose children
are believers, not accused of debauchery and not rebellious. 7 For a bishop,
as God's steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered
or addicted to wine or violent or greedy for gain; 8 but he must be
hospitable, a lover of goodness, prudent, upright, devout, and
self-controlled. 9 He must have a firm grasp of the word that is trustworthy
in accordance with the teaching, so that he may be able both to preach with
sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it.
10 There are also many rebellious people, idle talkers and deceivers,
especially those of the circumcision; 11 they must be silenced, since they are
upsetting whole families by teaching for sordid gain what it is not right to
teach. 12 It was one of them, their very own prophet, who said,
"Cretans are always liars, vicious brutes, lazy gluttons."
13 That testimony is true. For this reason rebuke them sharply, so that they
may become sound in the faith, 14 not paying attention to Jewish myths or to
commandments of those who reject the truth. 15 To the pure all things are
pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure. Their very minds and
consciences are corrupted. 16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by
their actions. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
The proclamation of sound teaching in submission
1 But as for you, teach what is consistent with sound doctrine. 2 Tell the
older men to be temperate, serious, prudent, and sound in faith, in love, and
3 Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in behavior, not to be
slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good, 4 so that they
may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 to be self-controlled, chaste, good managers of the household, kind, being
submissive to their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited.
6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. 7 Show yourself in all
respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity,
8 and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to
shame, having nothing evil to say of us.
9 Tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in
every respect; they are not to talk back, 10 not to pilfer, but to show
complete and perfect fidelity, so that in everything they may be an ornament
to the doctrine of God our Savior.
The theological basis for present pious living
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, 12 training
us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live
lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, 13 while we wait for the
blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior,
Jesus Christ. 14 He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from
all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for
15 Declare these things; exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one
look down on you.
Submission and good works are the marks of the saved
1 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be
ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to
be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone. 3 For we ourselves were
once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and
pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one
another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior
appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had
done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by
the Holy Spirit. 6 This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ
our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become
heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 The saying is sure.
I desire that you insist on these things, so that those who have come to
believe in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works; these things
are excellent and profitable to everyone. 9 But avoid stupid controversies,
genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are
unprofitable and worthless. 10 After a first and second admonition, have
nothing more to do with anyone who causes divisions, 11 since you know that
such a person is perverted and sinful, being self-condemned.
Travel plans; concluding exhortation to good works
12 When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, do your best to come to me at
Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13 Make every effort
to send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way, and see that they lack
nothing. 14 And let people learn to devote themselves to good works in order
to meet urgent needs, so that they may not be unproductive.
Epistolary greetings and benediction
15 All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the
Grace be with all of you.