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The Epistle of St Paul the Apostle
The 1st Chapter
Paul the servant of God and an Apostle of *Jesu Christ, to preach the faith of Gods elect, and the knowledge of that truth, which is after godliness upon the hope of eternal life, which life God that cannot lie has promised before the world began: but has opened his word at the time appointed through preaching, which preaching is committed unto me, by the commandment of God our saviour. To Titus his natural son in the common faith.
Grace mercy and peace from God the father, and from the Lord Jesu Christ our saviour.
For this cause left I you in Crete, that you should perform that which was lacking, and should ordain elders in every city as I appointed you. If any be faultless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, which are not sclandered (scandal and slander) of riot, neither are disobedient. For a bishop must be faultless, as it becomes the minister of God: not stubborn, not angry, no drunkard, no fighter, not given to filthy lucre (shameful gain): but harbourous, one that loves goodness, sober minded, righteous, holy, temperate, and such as cleaves unto the true word of doctrine, that he may be able to exhort with wholesome learning, and to improve them that say against it.
For there are many disobedient and talkers of vanity and deceivers of minds, namely they of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, which pervert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not because of filthy lucre. One being of themselves, which was a poet of their own, said: The Cretans are always liars evil beasts, and slow bellies. This witness is true, wherefore rebuke them sharply that they may be sound in the faith, and not taking heed to Jewes fables and commandments of men that turn from the truth. Unto the pure, are all things pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving, is nothing pure: but even the very minds and consciences of them are defiled. They confess that they know God: but with the deeds they deny him, and are abominable and disobedient, and unto all good works discommendable (not worthy).
The 2nd Chapter
But speak you that which becomes wholesome learning. That, that the elder men be sober, honest, discreet, sound in the faith in love and in patience. And the elder women likewise, that they be in such raiment as becomes holiness, not false accusers, not given to much drinking, but teachers of honest things, to make the young women soberminded, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, housewifely, good and obedient unto their own husbands that the word of God be not evil spoken of. Young men likewise exhort that they sober minded.
Above all things show yourself an example of good works with uncorrupt doctrine with honesty, and with the wholesome word which cannot be rebuked, that he which withstands, may be ashamed, having nothing in you that he may dispraise. The servants exhort to be obedient unto their own masters and to please in all things, not answering again, neither be pickers, but that they show all good faithfulness, that they may do worship to the doctrine of our saviour God in all things. For the grace of God, that brings salvation unto all men, has appeared and teaches us that we should deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and that we should live sober minded, righteously and godly in this present world, looking for that blessed hope and glorious appearing of the mighty God, and of our saviour Jesu Christ which gave himself for us, to redeem us from all unrighteousness, and to purge us a peculiar people unto himself, fervently given unto good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke, with all commanding. See that no man despise you.
The 3rd Chapter
Warn them that they submit themselves to rule and power, to obey the officers, that they be ready unto all good works, that they speak evil of no man, that they be no fighters, but soft, showing all meekness unto all men. For we ourselves also were in times past, unwise: disobedient, deceived, in danger to lusts, and to diverse manners of *voluptuousness, living in maliciousness and envy, full of hate, hating one another.*voluptuousness: indecent pride
But after that the kindness and love of our saviour God to man ward appeared, not of the deeds of righteousness which we wrought but of his mercy he saved us, by the fountain of the new birth, and with the renewing of the holy ghost, which he shed on us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our saviour, that we once justified by his grace, should be heirs of eternal life, through hope. This is a true saying.
Of these things I would you should certify, that they which believe God, might be diligent to go forward in good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. Foolish questions, and genealogies (family trees, ancestry) and brawlings and strife about the law, avoid, for they are unprofitable and superfluous (useless). A man that is given to heresy, after the first and the second admonition (mild rebuke), avoid: remembering, that he that is such, is perverted and sins, even damned by his own judgement.
When I shall send Artemas unto you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me unto Nicopolis. For I have determined there to winter. Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be lacking unto them. And let ours also learn to excel in good works, as far forth as need requires, that they be not unfruitful. All that are with me, salute you. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all: Amen.
Here ends the epistle of saint Paul the Apostle unto Titus
Written from Nicopolis a city of Macedonia.
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