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.

Spanish, Castilian (La Nueva Biblia al Día)

Titus 1

1Yo, Pablo, siervo de Dios y apóstol de Jesucristo conforme a la fe de los escogidos de Dios y el conocimiento de las verdades divinas, 2vivo con la esperanza de la vida eterna, la cual Dios, que no puede mentir, prometió desde antes de la creación del mundo. 3Ahora, a su debido tiempo, ha revelado estas buenas noticias, que a mí, por mandato de Dios nuestro Salvador, me ha sido encomendado proclamar.

4Me dirijo a ti, Tito, verdadero hijo mío en la fe del Señor: Gracia y paz te sean concedidas de Dios Padre y de Cristo Jesús, nuestro Salvador.

Tarea de Tito en Creta

5Te dejé en la isla de Creta para que trataras de corregir los defectos de las iglesias y establecieras en cada ciudad, de acuerdo con las instrucciones que te di, ancianos 6de conducta irreprochable, maridos de una sola mujer y cuyos hijos sean creyentes y no tengan fama de disolutos o rebeldes.

7El obispo, como ministro de Dios, debe ser persona de intachable comportamiento. No ha de mostrarse arrogante ni iracundo, ni ha de ser dado a la bebida, a las peleas o a la codicia. 8Debe tener un talante acogedor, amar el bien, actuar con sensatez y justicia, poseer una mente limpia y saber dominarse a sí mismo. 9Su fe en las verdades en que fue instruido ha de ser firme y fuerte, para que él, a su vez, pueda instruir a otros y esté capacitado para convencer a los contradictores. 10Porque todavía quedan muchos, sobre todo procedentes de la circuncisión, es decir, del judaísmo, que se obstinan en sus errores y no dejan de decir vaciedades y mentiras. 11A estos es menester taparles la boca, pues movidos por su amor al dinero enseñan lo que no deben, y con sus doctrinas han trastornado a familias enteras.

12Un profeta de la isla de Creta dijo de sus propios compatriotas: “Los cretenses, siempre mentirosos, malas bestias, glotones y holgazanes”. 13Lo cual es cierto. Por eso, reprende con severidad a los creyentes, para que se afirmen en una fe sana 14y no se dejen embaucar por fábulas judías ni mandamientos de individuos que “se han apartado de la verdad. “ 15Quienes de veras son puros, lo ven todo bueno y puro; pero a los que tienen el corazón corrompido y lleno de incredulidad, todo les parece malo, porque la corrupción de su mente y de su conciencia desfigura lo que ven. 16Dicen conocer a Dios, pero con sus hechos demuestran no conocerlo; y son abominables, rebeldes e incapaces de hacer nada bueno.