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Titus 1

Indledende hilsen

1Dette brev er fra Paulus, Guds tjener og apostel for Jesus Kristus. Jeg blev udsendt for at forkynde troens budskab for dem, som Gud har udvalgt, og hjælpe dem til fuldt ud at forstå, hvordan de kan tjene Gud på den sande måde. Jeg bygger min tjeneste på forventningen om at få det evige liv, som Gud, der jo ikke kan lyve, gav løfte om allerede før tidens begyndelse. Da den fastsatte tid var inde, åbenbarede han sit budskab for os, og det budskab har Gud, vores Frelser, betroet mig og befalet, at jeg skulle bringe videre.

Kære Titus, mit sande barn i troen, må du opleve nåde og fred fra Gud Fader og Jesus Kristus, vores Frelser.

Ledere i menigheden

Jeg efterlod dig jo på Kreta, for at du kunne løse de problemer, vi manglede at få løst, og for at du i hver by kunne indsætte ledere i menighederne, sådan som jeg gav dig besked om.

En leder i menigheden skal have et godt ry. Han skal være tro i sit ægteskab og have lært sine børn at være trofaste,[a] så de ikke skejer ud eller er oprørske. En, der får et lederansvar i Guds menighed, må ikke være arrogant, hidsig, drikfældig, stridslysten eller ude efter at berige sig selv. Han skal være gæstfri, godhjertet, fornuftig, retsindig, hengiven til Gud og have selvkontrol. Han skal være godt inde i den troværdige undervisning, vi har givet, så han kan vejlede andre ud fra den sunde lære og gendrive modstanderne.

Falske lærere skal irettesættes

10 Der er jo mange oprørske mennesker, der fører menigheden på vildspor, og det gælder især dem, der kræver, at alle kristne skal omskæres og holde de jødiske love. De siger en masse, men ved ikke, hvad de snakker om. 11 Dem skal du lukke munden på! De har allerede fået flere familier ført bort fra Guds nåde ved at undervise om ting, de skulle holde fingrene fra. Og så tager de endda betaling for det!

12 En profetisk digter, som selv er fra Kreta, har sagt: „Kreterne lyver altid. De er nogle dovne, forslugne, vilde bæster.” 13 Det er rigtigt nok. Derfor skal du irettesætte de falske lærere strengt, så de kan blive sunde i troen 14 og holde op med at hænge sig i jødiske myter og påbud fra folk, der har vendt sig fra sandheden. 15 Alt er rent for de rene, men for de vantro og urene er alt urent. De har dårlig samvittighed, og deres tanker er urene. 16 De hævder ganske vist, at de kender Gud, men deres livsførelse viser noget andet. De er afskyelige, ulydige og ude af stand til at gøre noget godt.

Notas al pie

  1. 1,6 Eller: „og have troende børn”.

New Living Translation

Titus 1

Greetings from Paul

1This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to proclaim faith to[a] those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began. And now at just the right time he has revealed this message, which we announce to everyone. It is by the command of God our Savior that I have been entrusted with this work for him.

I am writing to Titus, my true son in the faith that we share.

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace.

Titus’s Work in Crete

I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you. An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife,[b] and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. A church leader[c] is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker,[d] violent, or dishonest with money.

Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.

10 For there are many rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. 11 They must be silenced, because they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money. 12 Even one of their own men, a prophet from Crete, has said about them, “The people of Crete are all liars, cruel animals, and lazy gluttons.”[e] 13 This is true. So reprimand them sternly to make them strong in the faith. 14 They must stop listening to Jewish myths and the commands of people who have turned away from the truth.

15 Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 Or to strengthen the faith of.
  2. 1:6 Or must have only one wife, or must be married only once; Greek reads must be the husband of one wife.
  3. 1:7a Or An overseer, or A bishop.
  4. 1:7b Greek must not drink too much wine.
  5. 1:12 This quotation is from Epimenides of Knossos.