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And an Apostle of Christ Jesus,
ones, And the full knowledge of the truth which
produces piety; All of which is based on the hope of eternal
life, Which the God of truth promised before
the beginning of time, But, in his own proper time, he made his
word clear In the proclamation which he confided to
me to make According to the command of our Saviour
From God the Father,
It was for this purpose I left you in Crete, so that you might further set in order what remains to be set in order, and ordain elders in every city as I directed you. To be eligible to this office a man must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, with believing children, and not under a charge of leading a dissolute life, or of being a man who cannot be controlled. For the overseer must be above reproach as God's agent,
has been taught,
believers with his wholesome teaching and to refute those who speak
against it. For there are many who cannot be controlled,
who talk foolishness and deceive men's minds. Those who were Jews especially do this, and their mouths must be closed, because, for the sake of disgraceful gain, they teach what they ought not to teach, and lead whole families into unbelief. One of themselves, one of their prophets, said :
6. Cretans are always liars, fierce wild beasts, idle gluttons." This testimony is true. For this reason you must be severe with them to keep them healthy in the faith, and to prevent them from devoting themselves to Jewish speculations and the directions of men who reject the truth. To the pure everything is pure.
But to those who are defiled and are unbelievers nothing is pure. On the contrary, both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny him. are detestable and rebellious, and unfit for anything that is noble.
But you, for your part, give expression to what is becoming to wholesome teaching. Require the old men to be
Urge old women also to conduct themselves in a manner becoming their profession,
Not as slanderers,
But as teachers of what is noble, so that they may earnestly urge the young women
To love their husbands,
And obedient to their husbands,
Urge the younger men also to be sober-minded. In everything show yourself a noble example. In your teaching show
Healthy instruction not to be condemned, so that our enemies may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Urge slaves to be obedient to their own masters, and please them well in everything, not opposing them, nor stealing from them, but, on the contrary, on every possible occasion showing themselves generously faithful, so that, in everything, their conduct may do honor to the teaching of God our Saviour.