1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I serve God, and I am an apostle of Jesus Christ. God sent me to help his chosen people believe in Christ more and more. God sent me to help them understand even more the truth that leads to godly living. 2That belief and understanding lead to the hope of eternal life. Before time began, God promised to give that life. And he does not lie. 3Now, at just the right time, he has made his promise clear. He did this through the preaching that he trusted me with. God our Savior has commanded all these things.
4Titus, I am sending you this letter. You are my true son in the faith we share.
May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace.
Choosing Elders Who Love What Is Good
5I left you on the island of Crete. I did this because there were some things that hadn’t been finished. I wanted you to put them in order. I also wanted you to appoint elders in every town. I told you how to do it. 6An elder must be without blame. He must be faithful to his wife. His children must be believers. They must not give anyone a reason to say that they are wild and don’t obey. 7A church leader takes care of God’s family. That’s why he must be without blame. He must not look after only his own interests. He must not get angry easily. He must not get drunk. He must not push people around. He must not try to get money by cheating people. 8Instead, a church leader must welcome people into his home. He must love what is good. He must control his mind and feelings. He must do what is right. He must be holy. He must control the desires of his body. 9The message as it has been taught can be trusted. He must hold firmly to it. Then he will be able to use true teaching to comfort others and build them up. He will be able to prove that people who oppose it are wrong.
Warning People Who Fail to Do Good
10Many people refuse to obey God. All they do is talk about things that mean nothing. They try to fool others. No one does these things more than the circumcision group. 11They must be stopped. They are making trouble for entire families. They do this by teaching things they shouldn’t. They do these things to cheat people. 12One of Crete’s own prophets has a saying. He says, “People from Crete are always liars. They are evil beasts. They don’t want to work. They live only to eat.” 13This saying is true. So give a strong warning to people who refuse to obey God. Then they will understand the faith correctly. 14Then they will pay no attention to Jewish stories that aren’t true. They won’t listen to the mere human commands of people who turn away from the truth. 15To people who are pure, all things are pure. But to those who have twisted minds and don’t believe, nothing is pure. In fact, their minds and their sense of what is right and wrong are twisted. 16They claim to know God. But their actions show they don’t know him. They are hated by God. They refuse to obey him. They aren’t fit to do anything good.
1我保羅作上帝的奴僕和耶穌基督的使徒，是為了使上帝揀選的人有信心、明白真理，從而過敬虔的生活， 2有永生的盼望。這永生是從不說謊的上帝在亙古以前應許的。 3祂在所定的時候，藉著人的傳揚將自己的道顯明出來。我奉我們救主上帝的命令傳揚這道。
5當初，我把你留在克里特島，是要你完成未辦完的事工，並照我的指示在各城選立長老。 6作長老的必須無可指責，只有一位妻子，兒女都信主、沒有放蕩不羈的行為。 7身為上帝的管家，作監督的必須無可指責，不傲慢，不暴躁，不酗酒，不好鬥，不貪財。 8他必須好客、樂善、自制、正直、聖潔、自律， 9持守所領受的真道，以便能夠以純正的教導勸勉人，駁倒那些反對的人。
10因為有許多悖逆之人喜歡空談，善於欺騙，尤其是那些奉行割禮的人。 11你一定要堵住他們的口，因為他們為了不義之財教不該教的，誤導了別人全家。 12克里特人自己的一位先知說：「克里特人說謊成性，邪惡如獸，好吃懶做。」 13這話是真的。因此你要嚴正地斥責他們，使他們有純正的信仰， 14不理會猶太人荒誕的傳說和那些違背真理之人的誡律。 15對潔淨的人而言，一切都是潔淨的；對污穢不信的人而言，什麼都不潔淨，連他們的思想和良心都是污穢的。 16他們自稱認識上帝，在行為上卻否認祂。他們令人可憎，悖逆成性，一無是處。