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.

Nkwa Asem

Tito 1

Nkyia

1Saa nhoma yi fi Onyankopɔn somfo ne Yesu Kristo somafo Paulo nkyɛn. Woyii me na wɔsomaa me sɛ memmɛboa nhyɛ nnipa a Onyankopɔn ayi wɔn no gyidi den na menkyerɛkyerɛ wɔn nokwasɛm a yɛn nyamesom a ne nnyinaso gyina nkwa a enni awiei no kyerɛ no so no. Onyankopɔn a onni atoro no hyɛɛ yɛn asetena yi ho bɔ ansa na ɔrefi wiase ase; na bere a ɛsɛ mu, ɔdaa no adi wɔ n’asɛnka no mu. Wɔde eyi hyɛɛ me nsa na migyina Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ yɛn Agyenkwa hyɛ so da no adi.

Mekyerɛw me ba Tito wɔ gyidi baako a yɛn nyinaa kita mu mu. Adom ne asomdwoe a efi Agya Nyankopɔn ne Kristo Yesu yɛn Agyenkwa no nka wo!

Asɛmpakafo yiyedi

Migyaw wo Kreta sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wobɛtoto nnɛama a aka no pɛpɛɛpɛ na wayi mpanyimfo atuatua asafo a ɛwɔ kurow biara mu no ano. Kae mmara a mehyɛ maa wo no. Ɔpanyin yɛ obi a ne ho nni asɛm na ɔwɔ yere baako na ne mma yɛ gyidifo a wɔmmɔ ahohwi, na wɔnyɛ asoɔden nso.

Ɛnsɛ sɛ mfomso biara ba ɔpanyin no ho efisɛ, Onyame adwuma hyɛ ne nsa. Ɛnsɛ sɛ ɔyɛ ɔhopɛfo, anaa obi a ne bo nkyɛ fuw anaa ɔkɔwensani anaa basabasayɛfo anaa oniberefo. Ɛsɛ sɛ ɔyɛ obi a ɔpɛ ahɔhoyɛ na n’ani gye nea eye ho na n’adwenem da hɔ na ɔteɛ na ɔyɛ kronn na ɔwɔ ahohyɛso. Ɛsɛ sɛ oso asɛm no mu dennen sɛnea wɔkyerɛɛ no no. Sɛ ɛba saa a, obetumi ahyɛ afoforo den wɔ saa nkyerɛkyerɛ pa no mu na wada wɔn a wotia asɛm no mu no nso mfomso adi.

10 Nnipa pii wɔ hɔ a wotia na wɔnam wɔ nkwaseasɛm so daadaa afoforo, ne titiriw no, wɔn a wofi twetiatwasom no mu. 11 Ɛsɛ sɛ wosiw wɔn nkyerɛkyerɛ no ano efisɛ, wɔnam wɔn nkyerɛkyerɛ bɔne no so ma ntoto ba mmusua mu nam so de pɛ sika. 12 Kreta no ankasa a na ɔyɛ wɔn diyifo na ɔkae se, “Kretafo no yɛ atorofo, mmoa bɔne ne anihafo adidifo.” 13 Na asɛm a ɔkae no yɛ nokware. Esiane saa nti, ɛsɛ sɛ moka wɔn anim yiye sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wobenya gyidi pa, 14 na wɔantena ase amma twetiatwa atorosɛm ne nhyɛ a efi nnipa a wɔapo nokware no no.

15 Biribiara yɛ kronn ma wɔn a wɔyɛ kronn no, nanso biribiara nyɛ kronn mma wɔn a wɔn ho agu fi na wonni gyidi, efisɛ, wɔn adwene ne wɔn atiboa ho agu fi. 16 Wɔka se wonim Onyankopɔn, nanso wɔn nneyɛe nkyerɛ saa. Wokyi wɔn, na wɔyɛ asoɔdenfo a wɔde wɔn yɛ ade pa biara a ɛnyɛ ye.