Amplified Bible

Titus 1

Salutation

1Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Jesus Christ, for the faith of God’s chosen ones and [to lead and encourage them to recognize and pursue] the knowledge of the truth which leads to godliness, based on the hope and divine guarantee of eternal life, [the life] which God, who is ever truthful and without deceit, promised before the ages of time began, and at the appointed time has made known His word and revealed it as His message, through preaching, which was entrusted to me according to the command of God our Savior—

To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Qualifications of Elders

For this reason I left you behind in Crete, so that you would set right what remains unfinished, and appoint [a]elders in every city as I directed you, namely, a man of unquestionable integrity, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of being immoral or rebellious. For the [b]overseer, as God’s steward, must be blameless, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not violent, not greedy for dishonest gain [but financially ethical]. And he must be hospitable [to believers, as well as strangers], a lover of what is good, sensible (upright), fair, devout, self-disciplined [above reproach—whether in public or in private]. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy word [of God] as it was taught to him, so that he will be able both to give accurate instruction in sound [reliable, error-free] doctrine and to refute those who contradict [it by explaining their error].

10 For there are many rebellious men who are empty talkers [just windbags] and deceivers; especially those of the circumcision [those Jews who insist that Gentile believers must be circumcised and keep the Law in order to be saved]. 11 They must be silenced, because they are upsetting whole families by teaching things they should not teach for the purpose of dishonest financial gain. 12 One of them [Epimenides, a Cretan], a [c]prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This description is true. So rebuke them sharply so that they will be sound in the faith and free from doctrinal error, 14 not paying attention to Jewish myths and the commandments and rules of men who turn their backs on the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure; but to the corrupt and unbelieving, nothing is pure; both their mind and their conscience are corrupted. 16 They profess to know God [to recognize and be acquainted with Him], but by their actions they deny and disown Him. They are detestable and disobedient and worthless for good work of any kind.

Notas al pie

  1. Titus 1:5 The words elder, overseer, and bishop are used interchangeably to indicate the spiritually mature men who were qualified and selected to serve as leaders and shepherds over the church of God (v 7; cf Acts 20:17,28; 1 Tim 3:1-7; 1 Pet 5:1, 2).
  2. Titus 1:7 Or bishop.
  3. Titus 1:12 Epimenides was a highly regarded sixth century b.c. poet and philosopher from Crete. His description of his own people had by this time become a proverb.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

提多书 1

问候

1我保罗做上帝的奴仆和耶稣基督的使徒,是为了使上帝拣选的人有信心、明白真理,从而过敬虔的生活, 有永生的盼望。这永生是从不说谎的上帝在亘古以前应许的。 祂在所定的时候,借着人的传扬将自己的道显明出来。我奉我们救主上帝的命令传扬这道。

提多啊,我写信给你,就我们共同的信仰来说,你是我真正的儿子。

愿父上帝和我们的救主基督耶稣赐给你恩典和平安!

长老的资格

当初,我把你留在克里特岛,是要你完成未办完的事工,并照我的指示在各城选立长老。 做长老的必须无可指责,只有一位妻子,儿女都信主、没有放荡不羁的行为。 身为上帝的管家,做监督的必须无可指责,不傲慢,不暴躁,不酗酒,不好斗,不贪财。 他必须好客、乐善、自制、正直、圣洁、自律, 持守所领受的真道,以便能够以纯正的教导劝勉人,驳倒那些反对的人。

10 因为有许多悖逆之人喜欢空谈,善于欺骗,尤其是那些奉行割礼的人。 11 你一定要堵住他们的口,因为他们为了不义之财教不该教的,误导了别人全家。 12 克里特人自己的一位先知说:“克里特人说谎成性,邪恶如兽,好吃懒做。” 13 这话是真的。因此你要严正地斥责他们,使他们有纯正的信仰, 14 不理会犹太人荒诞的传说和那些违背真理之人的诫律。 15 对洁净的人而言,一切都是洁净的;对污秽不信的人而言,什么都不洁净,连他们的思想和良心都是污秽的。 16 他们自称认识上帝,在行为上却否认祂。他们令人可憎,悖逆成性,一无是处。