The Epistle of Paul to
Eternal life was promised before the world began—The qualifications of bishops are given—Unto the pure, all things are pure.
1 Paul, a aservant of God, and an bapostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s celect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
2 In ahope of beternal life, which God, that cannot clie, dpromised before the world began;
3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
4 To Titus, amine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in aorder the things that are wanting, and bordain celders in every city, as I had dappointed thee:
6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of ariot or unruly.
7 For a abishop must be blameless, as the bsteward of God; not cselfwilled, not soon dangry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
8 But a lover of ahospitality, a lover of bgood men, sober, just, holy, ctemperate;
9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to aconvince the bgainsayers.
10 For there are many unruly and avain talkers and bdeceivers, specially they of the ccircumcision:
11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy alucre’s sake.
12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, aslow bellies.
13 This witness is true. Wherefore arebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
14 Not giving heed to Jewish afables, and bcommandments of men, cthat turn from the truth.
15 aUnto the pure all things are bpure: but unto them that are cdefiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their dmind and econscience is fdefiled.
16 They aprofess that they bknow God; but in cworks they ddeny him, being abominable, and edisobedient, and unto every good work freprobate.