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 2 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; 3 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.
4 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!
5 Migyaw wo Kreta sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wobɛtoto nnɛama a aka no pɛpɛɛpɛ na wayi mpanyimfo atuatua asafo a ɛwɔ kurow biara mu no ano. 6 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.
7 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. 8 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. 9 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.
1Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness – 2in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, 3and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Saviour,
4To Titus, my true son in our common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour.
Appointing elders who love what is good
5The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint1:5 Or ordain elders in every town, as I directed you. 6An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe1:6 Or children are trustworthy and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless – not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Rebuking those who fail to do good
10For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. 11They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach – and that for the sake of dishonest gain. 12One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: ‘Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.’1:12 From the Cretan philosopher Epimenides 13This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. 15To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.