New International Reader's Version

Titus 1:1-16

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.

Japanese Contemporary Bible

テトスへの手紙 1:1-16





6牧師として選ぶ人は、正しい生活を送っていて、評判の良い人でなければなりません。すなわち、一人の妻の夫であり、子どもも、主を愛するクリスチャンでなければなりません。子どもが親に反抗的だとか、乱暴者だとか、悪いうわさのある人は避けなさい。 7牧師は神に仕える者ですから、だれからも非難されない人であるべきです。高慢な人、短気な人、大酒飲み、けんか好き、金銭欲の強い人に、その資格はありません。 8心から客をもてなし、善意にあふれ、慎み深く、だれにでも公平で、良識ある、きよらかな心の持ち主でなければならないのです。 9また、教えられたみことばの真理をしっかり守っている人であることも大切な条件です。なぜなら、彼らの使命は人々に真理を教え、反対する者に、その誤りをはっきり指摘することにあるからです。

10こう言うのは、真理に従わない人が大ぜいいるからです。特に、「クリスチャンはみな、割礼を受けるべきだ」と主張する者たちは、その代表的な例だと言えます。これはまた、なんとばかげた議論でしょう。彼らは人の目をくらませて、真理を見いだすのを阻むのです。 11そんな議論は直ちにやめさせなさい。それで、すでに何家族かが神の恵みから離れてしまいました。そんなことを教える者たちの目当ては、一にも二にも金もうけです。 12彼らのことを、同じクレテ出身の預言者はこう言いました。「クレテ人はみな、うそつきで悪いけだもの。なまけ者で食いしんぼう。」 13まさにそのとおりです。ですから、人々を甘やかさず、その信仰を強めるように、きびしく教育しなさい。 14そして、ユダヤ人の作り話や、真理に逆らう者の言い分に耳を傾けることなど、きっぱりやめさせなさい。

15きよい心の持ち主には、すべてのものがきよく、良いものに見えます。しかし、心の曲がった不真実な者には、すべてが曲がって見えるのです。それは、その汚れた思いと反抗的な心が、見るもの聞くものすべてをゆがめるからです。 16そういう者たちは、口先では神を知っていると言うのですが、行いを見れば、そのうそは一目瞭然です。心は腐れきって不従順で、良い行いにふさわしくない者です。