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. 2 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. 3 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.
4 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
5 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. 6 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. 7 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. 8 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. 9 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.
1Kutoka kwa Paulo, mtumishi wa Mungu na mtume wa Yesu Kristo. Mimi nimetumwa kwa wale ambao Mungu amewateua ili niwaon goze katika imani na katika maarifa ya kweli yanayopatana na kum cha Mungu; 2 na katika tumaini la uzima wa milele ambalo Mungu, ambaye hasemi uongo, aliahidi hata kabla dunia haijakuwepo. 3 Naye kwa wakati aliopanga alidhihirisha neno lake kwa njia ya mahubiri ambayo nilikabidhiwa kwa amri ya Mungu Mwokozi wetu.
4 Ninakuandikia wewe Tito, mwanangu halisi katika imani tunayoshiriki pamoja. Ninakutakia neema na amani kutoka kwa Mungu
Kazi Ya Tito Kule Krete
5 Nilikuacha huko Krete kusudi urekebishe mambo yote yal iokuwa hayakunyooka na uchague wazee wa kanisa katika kila mji, kama nilivyokuagiza. 6 Mzee wa kanisa asiwe na lawama yo yote; awe mume wa mke mmoja; awe ni mtu ambaye watoto wake ni waamini na wala sio jeuri au wasiotii. 7 Kwa kuwa askofu amekabidhiwa kazi ya Mungu, anapaswa kuwa mtu asiye na lawama. Asiwe mwenye majivuno, mwepesi wa hasira, mlevi, mgomvi, wala asiwe mtu mwenye tamaa ya mapato yasiyokuwa ya halali. 8 Bali awe mkarimu, mpenda wema, mwenye kiasi, mwenye kujitawala, mnyofu, mtakatifu na mwe nye kudhibiti na si yake. 9 Ni lazima alishike kwa uthabiti neno la imani kama lilivyofundishwa, kusudi aweze kuwafundisha wengine na kudhihirisha makosa ya wale wanaolipinga.
Walimu Wa Uongo
10 Maana wapo wakaidi wengi, waliojaa maneno matupu na waongo, hasa kile kikundi cha tohara. 11 Hao ni lazima wanyamaz ishwe kwa sababu wanapotosha jamaa nzima kwa kufundisha mambo wasiyostahili kufundisha. Wanafanya hivyo kusudi wajipatie fedha. 12 Hata mmojawapo wa manabii wao amesema: “Wakrete ni waongo siku zote, ni kama wanyama wabaya, walafi na wavivu.” 13 Maneno hayo ni kweli kabisa. Kwa hiyo uwakemee kwa ukali ili wapate kuwa imara katika imani. 14 Wasiendelee kushikilia hadithi za Kiy ahudi au maagizo ya watu wanaokataa ukweli. 15 Kwa watu walio safi, kila kitu ni safi. Lakini kwa watu waovu na wasioamini, hakuna kilicho safi. Mawazo yao na dhamiri zao zimejaa uovu.
16 Wanajidai kuwa wanamjua Mungu lakini wanamkana kwa matendo yao. Ni watu wa kuchukiza, waasi, wasiofaa kwa jambo lo lote jema.