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Copyright 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons
Copyright 1929 by the International Council of Religious Education

Chapter 1

[1]Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, [2]in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before times eternal; [3]but in his own seasons manifested his word in the message, wherewith I was intrusted according to the commandment of God our Saviour; [4]to Titus, my true child after a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour. [5]For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that were wanting, and appoint elders in every city, as I gave thee charge; [6]if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having children that believe, who are not accused of riot or unruly. [7]For the bishop must be blameless, as God's steward; not self-willed, not soon angry, no brawler, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; [8]but given to hospitality, as lover of good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled; [9]holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict the gainsayers.

[10]For there are many unruly men, vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision, [11]whose mouths must be stopped; men who overthrow whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. [12]One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, idle gluttons. [13]This testimony is true. For which cause reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, [14]not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men who turn away from the truth. [15]To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. [16]They profess that they know God; but by their works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Chapter 2

[1]But speak thou the things which befit the sound doctrine: [2]that aged men be temperate, grave, sober-minded, sound in faith, in love, in patience: [3]that aged women likewise be reverent in demeanor, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of that which is good; [4]that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, [5][to be] sober-minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed: [6]the younger men likewise exhort to be sober-minded: [7]in all things showing thyself an ensample of good works; in thy doctrine [showing] uncorruptness, gravity, [8]sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of us. [9][Exhort] servants to be in subjection to their own masters, [and] to be well-pleasing [to them] in all things; not gainsaying; [10]not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. [11]For the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men, [12]instructing us, to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world; [13]looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; [14]who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a people for his own possession, zealous of good works. [15]These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Chapter 3

[1]Put them in mind to be in subjection to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready unto every good work, [2]to speak evil of no man, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing all meekness toward all men. [3]For we also once were foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. [4]But when the kindness of God our Saviour, and his love toward man, appeared, [5]not by works [done] in righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, [6]which he poured out upon us richly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour; [7]that, being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. [8]Faithful is the saying, and concerning these things I desire that thou affirm confidently, to the end that they who have believed God may be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men: [9]but shun foolish questionings, and genealogies, and strifes, and fightings about law; for they are unprofitable and vain. [10]A factious man after a first and second admonition refuse; [11]knowing that such a one is perverted, and sinneth, being self-condemned.

[12]When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, give diligence to come unto me to Nicopolis: for there I have determined to winter. [13]Set forward Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them. [14]And let our [people] also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. [15]All that are with me salute thee. Salute them that love us in faith. Grace be with you all.