1Gk. bondservant1:2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised 2before times eternal;
2Or, long ages ago; See marginal note on Ro 16:25.1:3 but in 3his own seasons manifested his word in the 4message, wherewith I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
3Or, its1:4 to Titus, my true child after a common faith: 5Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour.
5So ℵC* (1739) (33) cop(sa),bo arm vg. A 81 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss. read Grace, mercy, peace1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that were wanting, and appoint elders in every city, as I gave thee charge;
1:6 if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having children that believe, who are not accused of riot or unruly.
1:7 For the 6overseer must be blameless, as God’s steward; not self-willed, not soon angry, 7no brawler, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre;
6Or, bishop1:8 but given to hospitality, a lover of good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled;
7Or, not quarrelsome over wine
1:9 holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in the 8sound 9doctrine, and to 10convict the gainsayers.
8Gk. healthful Also in ch. 2:1.1:10 For there are many 11unruly men, vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision,
9Or, teaching, Also in ch. 2:1.
10Or, put to shame those who contradict.
11So ℵCA 33 81 copsa,bo arm. I 1739 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., vg read unruly men and vain1:11 whose mouths must be stopped; men who overthrow whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
1:12 One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said,12 Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, idle 13gluttons.
12Epimenides, “Concerning Oracles;” according to Wilson’s diaglott. Rotherham cites Dean Farrar, “Life and Work of St. Paul;” p. 696 (1897).1:13 This testimony is true. For which cause reprove them sharply, that they may be 14sound in the faith,
14Gk. healthy Also in ch. 2:2.1:14 not giving heed to Jewish 15fables, and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.
15Gk. myths,1:15 To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
1:16 They profess that they know God; but by their works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
2:1 But speak thou the things which befit the sound doctrine:
2:2 that aged men be temperate, grave, sober-minded, sound in faith, in love, in 16patience:
16Or, stedfastness:2:3 that aged women likewise be reverent in demeanor, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of that which is good;
2:4 that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,
2:5 to be sober-minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed:
2:6 the younger men likewise exhort to be sober-minded:
2:7 in all things showing thyself an ensample of good works; in thy doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity,
2:8 sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of a contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of us.
2:9 Exhort 17servants to be in subjection to their own masters, and to be well-pleasing to them in all things; not gainsaying;
17Gk. bondservants2:10 not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
2:11 For the grace of God 18hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
18Or, hath appeared to all men, bringing salvation,2:12 instructing us, to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present age;
2:13 looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory 19of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
19Or, of our great God and Saviour2:14 who gave himself for us, that he might ransom us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a people for his own possession, zealous of good works.
2:15 These things speak and exhort and reprove with all 20authority. Let no one despise thee.
20Gk. commandment.[Tit 3]
3:1 Put them in mind to be in subjection 21to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready unto every good work,
21So ℵCA 1739 33. 81 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., copsa,bo arm vg read to rulers and authorities,3:2 to speak evil of no man, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing all meekness toward all men.
3:3 For we also once were foolish, disobedient, deceived, 22serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.
22Or, enslaved by3:4 But when the kindness of God our Saviour, and his love toward man, appeared,
3:5 not by works done in righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us, through 23the washing of regeneration 24and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
23Or, a laver3:6 which he poured out upon us richly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
24Or, and through renewing
3:7 that, being justified by his grace, we might be made 25heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
25Or, heirs, according to hope, of eternal life.3:8 Faithful is the saying, and concerning these things I desire that thou affirm confidently, to the end that they who have believed God may be careful to 26maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men:
26Or, profess honest occupations. And in vs. 14.3:9 but shun foolish questionings, and genealogies, and strifes, and fightings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
3:10 A factious man after a first and second admonition 27refuse;
27Or, avoid;3:11 knowing that such a one is perverted, and sinneth, being self-condemned.
3:12 When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, give diligence to come unto me to Nicopolis: for there I have determined to winter.
3:13 Set forward Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.
3:14 And let our people also learn to maintain good works for necessary 28uses, that they be not unfruitful.
28Or, wants,3:15 All that are with me salute thee. Salute them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.29
29So p61vidℵ*CA 048 1739 copsa. H and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., vg add Amen.