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.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Tito 1

1Pawulo omuweereza wa Katonda, era omutume wa Yesu Kristo ng’okukkiriza kw’abalonde ba Katonda bwe kuli n’okutegeera amazima agali mu kutya Katonda, ebyesigamye ku kusuubira okw’obulamu obutaggwaawo, Katonda ow’amazima kwe yasuubiza ng’ebiro eby’emirembe n’emirembe tebinnabaawo, naye mu ntuuko zaabyo, yayolesa ekigambo kye mu kubuulira Enjiri, kwe nateresebwa ng’ekiragiro kya Katonda Omulokozi waffe bwe kiri, eri Tito omwana wange ddala ng’okukkiriza kwaffe ffenna okwa awamu bwe kuli, n’ekisa n’emirembe ebiva eri Katonda Kitaffe ne Kristo Yesu omulokozi waffe.

Kyennava nkuleka mu Kuleete, olyoke otereeze ebyo ebyetaaga okutereeza, era otekewo n’abakadde[a] b’ekkanisa mu buli kibuga, nga bwe nakulagira. Omuntu ateekwa okuba nga taliiko kya kunenyezebwa, nga musajja alina omukazi omu, era nga n’abaana baabwe bakkiriza, nga tebalina kibi kiyinza kuboogerwako era nga tebeenyigira mu bikolwa bya buseegu oba mu bujeemu. Omulabirizi kimugwanira okuba nga taliiko kya kunenyezebwa ng’omuwanika wa Katonda, nga si mukakanyavu, nga si wa busungu, nga si mutamiivu, nga si mukambwe, nga teyeegomba kufuna magoba mu bukuusa naye ayaniriza abagenyi, ayagala okukola obulungi, omutegeevu, nga mwenkanya, nga mutukuvu, era ng’amanyi okwefuga. Ateekwa okuba omuntu anywerera ku kigambo ekyesigwa, alyoke asobole okunnyonnyola abantu enjigiriza entuufu, n’okulaga obukyamu bw’abo abagiwakanya.

10 Kubanga waliwo bangi abawakana, aboogera ebitaliimu era abalimba, n’okusingira ddala abo ab’omu bakomole. 11 Basaanye okusirisibwa, kubanga boonoona buli maka, nga bayigiriza ebitabagwanidde, balyoke beefunire amagoba ag’obukuusa. 12 Omu ku bo, nnabbi waabwe bo kyeyava agamba nti, “Abakuleete balimba bulijjo, z’ensolo enkambwe, era ba mululu ate bagayaavu.” 13 Kye yagamba kya mazima. Noolwekyo oteekwa okubanenya n’amaanyi kiryoke kibaleetere okukkiriza okutuufu, 14 balekeraawo okuwuliriza enfumo ez’Ekiyudaaya, n’ebiragiro abantu abakyama okuva ku mazima bye bagunja. 15 Eri abalongoofu, ebintu byonna biba birongoofu, naye eri abo abatali balongoofu n’abatakkiriza, tewaba kirongoofu na kimu. Kubanga amagezi gaabwe n’ebirowoozo byabwe byayonooneka. 16 Bagamba nti bamanyi Katonda, naye mu bikolwa byabwe bamwegaana. Bagwenyufu era bajeemu, tebasaanira kuweebwa mulimu mulungi n’akatono.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:5 abakadde kitegeeza abantu abakulu mu kukkiriza abateekebwamu ekitiibwa abayinza okulondebwa ku nkiiko z’amakkanisa