Titus

A letter from Paul to Titus, which is thought to have been written (possibly in Aramaic) around 62-CE.

Chapter 1

1 From Paul, a slave of God, an Apostle of Jesus the Anointed One, and a follower of the faith of GodŐs elected who have a complete knowledge of truthÉ those whose reverence 2 is based on the hope of age-long life, which The God (who doesn't lie) promised ages ago, 3 and from the one who in his own due time made his word known through an important message that was entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior, 4 to Titus, a true child in the faith that we hold in common: May you have loving care and peace from God the Father and from the Anointed Jesus, our Savior.

5 The reason why I left you in Crete is so that you could straighten out some of the problems there, and for you to appoint elders in each city, as I instructed you. 6 [So, choose those who] have not been charged with misconductÉ one-woman men who have believing children that arenŐt rebellious or accused of being beyond hope; 7 because, as a manager of the household of God, an overseer must be blameless. [He canŐt be] selfish, quick tempered, a heavy drinker, a fighter, or a greedy person. 8 Rather, [he should be] hospitable, a faithful friend, levelheaded, righteous, devout, self-controlled, 9 [and someone who] lives by the word of truth so he can teach and encourage those who are strong, while exposing the wrongs of those who contradict. 10 For there are many who are rebellious and deceitful windbags (most of whom are circumcised) 11 and whose mouths need to be sealed. TheyŐre the ones who are dishonestly making money by teaching things that they shouldnŐt, and theyŐre misleading entire households.

12 It was one of their own prophets that said, ÔCretans are always liars, evil beasts, and lazy gluttonsŐ É 13 and thatŐs a fact! This is why you'll have to be tough when it comes to exposing their wrong ways, so they can become healthy in the faith and stop 14 paying attention to Jewish myths or to the rules of men, which are turning them from the truth. 15 For though everything is clean to those who are clean, nothing is clean for those who are dirty and faithless, because both their minds and their consciences are dirty. 16 And although they claim to know God, everything they do disproves it, because they are disgusting, disobedient, and unqualified to do anything worthwhile.

Chapter 2

1 You however, keep on talking about the correct, healthy teachings. 2 Encourage the older men to be free from excesses and to be serious, levelheaded, and healthy in their faith, love, and endurance, 3 the older women to behave as though they had just entered a holy placeÉ not to be slanderers or alcoholics, but teachers of things that are good, 4 the younger women to love their husbands and their childrenÉ 5 to be level headed, pure, homemakers, and good people who are willing to obey their men so that GodŐs Word wonŐt be spoken of shamefully, 6 and give younger men the same encouragementÉ to be levelheaded. 7 [Teach them to] become good examples in all sorts of good deeds, to be serious and blameless in their teaching, 8 and to speak in wholesome ways, so that nobody can condemn them and so that those who oppose us will have nothing bad to say about us.

9 Teach those who are slaves to obey their masters in everythingÉ to please them well, to not talk back, 10 and not to steal things! They should show that they are faithful in doing whatever is right, so they can adorn the teachings of God (our Savior) in everything. 11 For, the reason why GodŐs loving care has been displayed is so that they all might be saved. 12 And once theyŐve rejected all the godlessness and worldly desires, they must be taught how to live sensibly, righteously, and devoutly in this age, 13 as they await the blest hope and the manifestations of the glory of the great God and Savior of us, the Anointed Jesus, 14 who handed himself up in order to free us by ransom from lawlessness, and to bring forth a clean people for himself who are zealous in doing whatever is good.

15 Yes, I'm authorizing you to talk about such things, as well as to encourage and correctÉ and donŐt let anyone ignore you!

Chapter 3

1 Keep reminding them to be obedient and to submit to governments and powersÉ to always be willing and ready to do good things! 2 They shouldnŐt slander anyone or want to fight with anyone. [Rather, they should] be willing to give in to [the wishes of] others and to be humble before everyone. 3 For though at one time we were all senseless disobedient sinners who were slaves to our own desires in badness and envy (disgusting [people] who hated each other); 4 when God (our Savior) showed His loving care for mankind 5 (not because of our own righteousness, but because of His own mercy), He saved us through the bath that re-created us and made us new by His Holy Breath. 6 Then He poured plenty of it over us (through Jesus, our Anointed Savior) 7 so that after we were counted as righteous by His loving care, we might become heirs who have the hope of age-long life.

8 You can believe these thingsÉ and these are the instructions that I want you to keep on giving them, so that those who have come to believe in The God will stand firm in doing whatŐs right! Yes, these are good and helpful things that you must teach them.

9 Avoid foolish questions, genealogies, arguments, and fights over the Law, for such things donŐt do any good and theyŐre just a waste of time. 10 And if someone continues to promote a sect after youŐve reasoned with him a first and a second time, reject him! 11 [Do this] because you know that those who turn from The Way are self-condemned sinners!

12 After I send Artemas or TychiKos to you, try hard to come to me here in NikoPolis, because this is where IŐve decided to spend the winter. 13 Hurry and send Zenas the lawyer and ApollosÉ and make sure they have everything they need. 14 Let our [brothers] learn how to do good things by providing for their needs, so their efforts wonŐt be wasted.

15 All of those who are with me send you their greetings. Give my greetings to all those in the faith who truly care about us.

May [GodŐs] loving care be with all of you.

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