New International Reader's Version

Titus 1

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. That belief and understanding lead to the hope of eternal life. Before time began, God promised to give that life. And he does not lie. Now, 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.

Titus, 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

I 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. An 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. A 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. Instead, 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. The 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

10 Many 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. 11 They 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. 12 One 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.” 13 This saying is true. So give a strong warning to people who refuse to obey God. Then they will understand the faith correctly. 14 Then 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. 15 To 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. 16 They 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.

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.