The Message

Titus 1

11-4 I, Paul, am God’s slave and Christ’s agent for promoting the faith among God’s chosen people, getting out the accurate word on God and how to respond rightly to it. My aim is to raise hopes by pointing the way to life without end. This is the life God promised long ago—and he doesn’t break promises! And then when the time was ripe, he went public with his truth. I’ve been entrusted to proclaim this Message by order of our Savior, God himself. Dear Titus, legitimate son in the faith: Receive everything God our Father and Jesus our Savior give you!

A Good Grip on the Message

5-9 I left you in charge in Crete so you could complete what I left half-done. Appoint leaders in every town according to my instructions. As you select them, ask, “Is this man well-thought-of? Is he committed to his wife? Are his children believers? Do they respect him and stay out of trouble?” It’s important that a church leader, responsible for the affairs in God’s house, be looked up to—not pushy, not short-tempered, not a drunk, not a bully, not money-hungry. He must welcome people, be helpful, wise, fair, reverent, have a good grip on himself, and have a good grip on the Message, knowing how to use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them in their tracks if they oppose it.

10-16 For there are a lot of rebels out there, full of loose, confusing, and deceiving talk. Those who were brought up religious and ought to know better are the worst. They’ve got to be shut up. They’re disrupting entire families with their teaching, and all for the sake of a fast buck. One of their own prophets said it best:

The Cretans are liars from the womb,
    barking dogs, lazy bellies.

He certainly spoke the truth. Get on them right away. Stop that diseased talk of Jewish make-believe and made-up rules so they can recover a robust faith. Everything is clean to the clean-minded; nothing is clean to dirty-minded unbelievers. They leave their dirty fingerprints on every thought and act. They say they know God, but their actions speak louder than their words. They’re real creeps, disobedient good-for-nothings.

Bíbélì Mímọ́ Yorùbá Òde Òn

Titu 1

1Paulu, ìránṣẹ́ Ọlọ́run àti aposteli Jesu Kristi, gẹ́gẹ́ bí ìgbàgbọ́ àwọn àyànfẹ́ Ọlọ́run àti ìmọ̀ òtítọ́ irú èyí tí í máa darí ènìyàn sí ìgbé ayé ìwà-bí-Ọlọ́run— ìgbàgbọ́ àti ìmọ̀ tí ó dúró lórí ìrètí iyè àìnípẹ̀kun, èyí tí Ọlọ́run tí kì í purọ́ ti ṣe ìlérí rẹ̀ ṣáájú kí ayé tó bẹ̀rẹ̀, àti pé ní àkókò tirẹ̀, òun ti fi ọ̀rọ̀ rẹ̀ hàn nínú ìwàásù tí a fi lé mi lọ́wọ́ nípa àṣẹ Ọlọ́run Olùgbàlà wa.

Sí Titu, ọmọ mi tòótọ́ nínú ìgbàgbọ́ wa kan náà.

Oore-ọ̀fẹ́ àti àlàáfíà láti ọ̀dọ̀ Ọlọ́run baba àti Kristi Jesu Olùgbàlà wa.

Iṣẹ́ Titu sí Krete

Ìdí tí mo fi fi ọ́ sílẹ̀ ní Krete ni pé kí o lè ṣe àṣepé àwọn iṣẹ́ tó ṣẹ́kù. Mo sì ń rọ̀ ọ́ kí o yan àwọn alàgbà ní ìlú kọ̀ọ̀kan gẹ́gẹ́ bí mo ṣe darí rẹ̀. Ẹni tí yóò jẹ́ alàgbà gbọdọ̀ jẹ́ aláìlábùkù, wọ́n gbọdọ̀ jẹ́ onìyàwó kan, ọmọ wọn náà gbọdọ̀ jẹ́ onígbàgbọ́ tí kò ní ẹ̀sùn ìwà ipá tàbí ẹ̀sùn àìgbọ́ràn kankan. Alábojútó jẹ́ ẹni tí a gbé iṣẹ́ Ọlọ́run lé lọ́wọ́, nítorí náà, kò gbọdọ̀ ní àbùkù kankan tàbí agbéraga, oníjà, kò gbọdọ̀ jẹ́ ọ̀mùtí tàbí alágídí tàbí olójúkòkòrò. Wọ́n ní láti jẹ́ olùfẹ́ àlejò ṣíṣe, olùfẹ́ ohun tí ó dára. Wọ́n ní láti jẹ́ ẹni tí ó kò ara rẹ̀ ní ìjánu, ẹni dúró ṣinṣin, ọlọ́kàn mímọ́, àti ẹni oníwàtítọ́. Ó gbọdọ̀ di ẹ̀kọ́ nípa ìdúró ṣinṣin mú dáradára gẹ́gẹ́ bí ó ti kọ́ ọ, kí ó lè fi ẹ̀kọ́ tí ó yè kooro kọ́ àwọn ẹlòmíràn. Nípa èyí, yóò lè fi ìdí òtítọ́ múlẹ̀ fún àwọn alátakò.

10 Nítorí ọ̀pọ̀lọpọ̀ ènìyàn ni ọlọ̀tẹ̀, asọ̀rọ̀ asán àti ẹlẹ́tàn pàápàá jùlọ láàrín àwọn onílà. 11 Ó gbọdọ̀ pa wọ́n lẹ́nu mọ́, nítorí wí pé wọ́n ń pa agbo Ọlọ́run run, nípasẹ̀ àwọn ẹ̀kọ́ tí kò jẹ́ èyí tí wọ́n ń kọ́ni. Èyí ni wọ́n ń ṣe fún ère àìṣòdodo. 12 Ọ̀kan nínú àwọn wòlíì wọn pàápàá sọ wí pé. “Òpùrọ́ ní àwọn ará Krete, wọ́n jẹ́ ẹranko búburú tí kò sé tù lójú, ọ̀lẹ, àti oníwọra”. 13 Òtítọ́ ni ẹ̀rí yìí. Nítorí náà, bá wọn wí gidigidi, kí wọn ba à lè yè koro nínú ìgbàgbọ́ 14 kí àwọn má ṣe fiyèsí ìtàn lásán ti àwọn Júù, àti òfin àwọn ènìyàn tí wọ́n yípadà kúrò nínú òtítọ́. 15 Sí ọlọ́kàn mímọ́, ohun gbogbo ló jẹ́ mímọ́, ṣùgbọ́n àwọn tó ti díbàjẹ́ tí wọ́n kò sí ka ohunkóhun sí mímọ́. Nítòótọ́, àti ọkàn àti ẹ̀rí ọkàn wọn ló ti díbàjẹ́. 16 Wọ́n ń fẹnu sọ wí pé àwọn mọ Ọlọ́run, ṣùgbọ́n wọ́n sẹ́ ẹ nípa ìṣe wọn. Wọ́n díbàjẹ́, wọn si jẹ aláìgbọ́ràn, bẹ́ẹ̀ ni wọ́n kò wúlò lọ́nàkọnà ní ti iṣẹ́ rere gbogbo.