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Titus chapter 1

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Paul, a slave of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness,
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in the hope of eternal life that God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,
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and has in His own time revealed His message in the proclamation that I was entrusted with by the command of God our Savior:
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To Titus, my true child in our common faith. Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
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The reason I left you in Crete was to set right what was left undone and, as I directed you, to appoint elders in every town:
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someone who is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of wildness or rebellion.
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For an overseer, as God's manager, must be blameless, not arrogant, not quick tempered, not addicted to wine, not a bully, not greedy for money,
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but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, righteous, holy, self-controlled,
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holding to the faithful message as taught, so that he will be able both to encourage with sound teaching and to refute those who contradict it.
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For there are also many rebellious people, idle talkers and deceivers, especially those from Judaism.
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It is necessary to silence them; they overthrow whole households by teaching for dishonest gain what they should not.
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One of their very own prophets said, Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.
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This testimony is true. So, rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith
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and may not pay attention to Jewish myths and the commandments of men who reject the truth.
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To the pure, everything is pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; in fact, both their mind and conscience are defiled.
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They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified for any good work.

Titus chapter 2

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But you must speak what is consistent with sound teaching.
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Older men are to be self-controlled, worthy of respect, sensible, and sound in faith, love, and endurance.
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In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. [They are] to teach what is good,
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so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and children,
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to be sensible, pure, good homemakers, and submissive to their husbands, so that God's message will not be slandered.
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Likewise, encourage the young men to be sensible
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about everything. Set an example of good works yourself, with integrity and dignity in your teaching.
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Your message is to be sound beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be ashamed, having nothing bad to say about us.
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Slaves are to be submissive to their masters in everything, and to be well-pleasing, not talking back
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or stealing, but demonstrating utter faithfulness, so that they may adorn the teaching of God our Savior in everything.
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For the grace of God has appeared, with salvation for all people,
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instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age,
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while we wait for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a special people, eager to do good works.
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Say these things, and encourage and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Titus chapter 3

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Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,
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to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness to all people.
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For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, captives of various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another.
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But when the goodness and love for man appeared from God our Savior,
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He saved us-- not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
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This [Spirit] He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
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so that having been justified by His grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.
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This saying is trustworthy. I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed God might be careful to devote themselves to good works. These are good and profitable for everyone.
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But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.
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Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning,
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knowing that such a person is perverted and sins, being self-condemned.
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When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, make every effort to come to me in Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.
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Diligently help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey, so that they will lack nothing.
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And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works for cases of urgent need, so that they will not be unfruitful.
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All those who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with all of you.