Titus Un-shuffled.

1. Tit. 1:1-2:10

2. Tit. 2:15-3:7

3. Tit. 2:11-14

4. Tit. 3:8-15

1:1-16. 1 Paul, a slave of God and apostle of Jesus Christ as respects (the) faith and full knowledge of truth of God’s elect according to godliness, 2 with a view toward a confident expectation of life eternal, which the God incapable of falsehood himself promised in advance of times eternal; 3 and he manifested his word for its own fitting season by a proclamation with which I was entrusted according to a command of God our Savior.

4 To Titus, a true child after a common faith: grace, mercy, peace from Father God and Lord Jesus Christ — our Savior.

5 For this reason I left you behind in Crete: so that you yourself can put in order that lacking, and can appoint elders by town as I myself directed you: 6 if one is above reproach, not open to censure and un-blamable, husband of one wife, having faithful children not possessed of an accusation of dissipation, profligate debauchery, or contumacious refractory insubordination. 7 For it is necessary for the overseer to be blameless as a steward of God; not self-pleasing, willfully obstinate, or arrogantly imperious; not passionately irascible or prone to anger; not prone to intemperance and drunkenness; not a quarrelsome, violent person apt to hit; not eager for dishonorable gain; 8 but hospitably kind to strangers; a lover of good fostering virtue; mentally sound and discretely staid; righteous and just; pious and devout; possessed of stout self-mastery; 9 always firmly holding himself devoted to the word of faith according to the mode of teaching and kind of doctrine taught, so that he may be ever able to also exhort and persuade with healthy and sound doctrinal teaching, and to convict, refute and expose the ones speaking in contradictory opposition.

10 For many are but contumacious, refractory, insubordinate, idle talkers and deceivers — especially those of (the) circumcision — 11 whom it is necessary to muzzle into silence, who subvert and corrupt whole households, teaching what one ought not for the sake of dishonorable gain. 12 A certain one of them said — a prophet of their own — “Cretans are always liars, mischievous brutes, idle gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true. Because of which accusation rebuke them sharply so that they might be healthy and sound in the Faith, 14 not heeding Jewish myths and commandments of men, ever turning themselves away from the truth. 15 Indeed, everything is pure to the pure; but to those unfaithful — having been corrupted and defiled with depravity — nothing is pure, but even their depraved mind and conscience have been tainted. 16 They are claiming to know God, but by their works they themselves are contradictory, being detestably abominable, and contumaciously untoward, and unfit for every good work.

2:1-10. 1 But you speak what always suits healthy and sound doctrinal teaching.

2 Older men are to be circumspect, serious, temperate, uncorrupting in faith, in love and in patience.

3 Older women likewise are to become holy persons in deportment, not slanderers, not having been in bondage to much wine, teaching what is good 4 so that they can in turn urge the younger women to be husband-lovers, children-lovers, 5 chaste and modest, pure and blameless, home-makers, virtuous and upright, submitting themselves to their own husbands so that the Word of God be not spoken of in terms of impious irreverence.

6 Likewise exhort and persuade the younger men to be ever sober-minded and sedate around all, exhibiting yourself a model of good works, with the doctrinal teaching genuine pureness, dignified seriousness, sound incorruptibility, 8 wholesome irreprehensible speech, so that the one of opposition might be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.

9 Slaves are to be subject to their own masters in all, to be grateful and acceptably well-pleasing, not speaking in opposition, 10 not pilfering for themselves, but displaying every good faith so that they might adorn the teaching of God our Savior in all.

2:15. 15 Speak and exhort and prove these with all authoritativeness. Allow no one to despise or disregard you.

3:1-7. 1 Always remind them to be subject to rulers, and to be obedient to authorities, to be readily prepared for every good work, 2 to revile no one, to be un-contentious, all ever showing yourselves meek toward all persons. 3 For we also were once unwisely inconsiderate, contumacious, being seductively deceived, being enslaved to various cupidinous lusts and sensual pleasures, living in envy and malice — hateful — regarding one another with ill-will. 4 But when the beneficial kindness and philanthropic love of God our Savior appeared, 5 not by the works which we performed in fair and equitable righteousness, but according to his mercy he brought us within the pale of saving privilege by means of an ablution of new birth-regeneration, and a renovating renewal of (the) Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we can become heirs according to a confident expectation of life eternal.

2:11-14. 11 For the saving Grace of God has been revealed to all individuals, 12 ever teaching us that, renouncing wicked ungodliness and worldly cupidity, we should live temperately and uprightly and reverently in the present age, 13 anticipating the blessed hope — even an appearance of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us, in order that he himself might ransom and liberate us from all lawlessness, and might in expiation purify for himself a special people zealous of good works.

3:8-15. 8 The Word is faithful; and I myself want you to strongly assert yourself concerning these, so that those having believed in God might be ever careful to continually maintain the practice of good works. These are the good; and (they are) serviceable for the people. 9 But always keep yourself from moronic controversies and genealogies and contentions and legal disputes, for they are unprofitable and fruitless. 10 A heretical person reject after a first and a second warning, 11 having perfectly understood that the like has been twisted, and is continually sinning, being self-condemned.

12 Whenever I shall send to you Artemas or Tychicus, hasten to come to me in Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13 The lawyer, Zenas, and Apollos, send ahead speedily so that they might lack nothing. 14 And let ours also learn to continually maintain the practice of good works for pressing needs, in order that they may not be unfruitful. 15 All those with me greet you. Greet those befriending us in faith. Grace be with all of you. Amen.

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