1Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— 2in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, 3and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,
4To Titus, my true son in our common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Appointing Elders Who Love What Is Good
5The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint1:5 Or ordain elders in every town, as I directed you. 6An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe1:6 Or children are trustworthy and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Rebuking Those Who Fail to Do Good
10For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. 11They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. 12One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”1:12 From the Cretan philosopher Epimenides 13This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. 15To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
1Saa nhoma yi fi Onyankopɔn somfo ne Yesu Kristo somafo Paulo nkyɛn. Wɔpaw me na wɔsomaa me se memmɛtrɛw nnipa a Onyankopɔn ayi wɔn no gyidi mu no, na menkyerɛkyerɛ wɔn nokwasɛm a ɛde onyamesuro ba 2wɔ nkwa a enni awiei ho anidaso a Onyankopɔn a onni atoro no hyɛɛ yɛn ho bɔ ansa na ɔrefi wiase ase; 3na afei ne bere a ɛsɛ mu no, ɔfaa asɛnka a ɔno Nyankopɔn a ɔyɛ yɛn Agyenkwa no hyɛ me sɛ menka no so daa no adi.
4Mekyerɛw me ba Tito wɔ gyidi baako a yɛn nyinaa kura mu no mu:
Adom ne asomdwoe a efi Agya Nyankopɔn ne Kristo Yesu, yɛn Agyenkwa no nka wo!
5Migyaw wo Kreta sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wobɛtoto nneɛma a aka no pɛpɛɛpɛ na woayi mpanyimfo atuatua asafo a ɛwɔ kurow biara mu no ano. 6Kae mmara a mehyɛ maa wo no. Ɔpanyin yɛ obi a ne ho nni asɛm na ɔwɔ yere baako na ne mma yɛ agyidifo a wɔmmɔ ahohwi bra, na wɔnyɛ asoɔden nso. 7Ɛnsɛ sɛ mfomso biara ba ɔpanyin no ho, efisɛ Onyame adwuma hyɛ ne nsa. Ɛnsɛ sɛ ɔyɛ ahomaso, anaa obi a ne bo nkyɛ fuw anaa ɔkɔwensani anaa basabasayɛfo anaa sikaniberefo. 8Ɛsɛ sɛ ɔyɛ obi a ɔpɛ ahɔhoyɛ na nʼani gye nea eye ho na nʼadwene mu da hɔ na ɔteɛ na ɔyɛ kronkron na ɔwɔ ahohyɛso. 9Ɛsɛ 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 wɔsɔre tia asɛm no mu no nso mfomso adi.
10Nnipa pii wɔ hɔ a wɔsɔre tia na wɔnam wɔn nkwaseasɛm so daadaa afoforo; ne titiriw no, wɔn a wofi twetiatwasom no mu. 11Ɛsɛ sɛ wusiw wɔn nkyerɛkyerɛ no ano, efisɛ wɔnam wɔn nkyerɛkyerɛ bɔne no so ma ntoto ba mmusua mu, nam so de pɛ sika. 12Mpo Kreta adiyifo no mu baako kae se, “Kretafo no yɛ atorofo, mmoa atirimɔdenfo ne akwadwofo adidifo.” 13Na asɛm a ɔkae no yɛ nokware. Esiane saa nti, ɛsɛ sɛ moka wɔn anim yiye sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wobenya gyidi pa, 14na wɔantena ase amma twetiatwa atosɛm ne ɔhyɛ a efi nnipa a wɔapo nokware no. 15Biribiara yɛ kronkron ma wɔn a wɔyɛ kronkron no, nanso biribiara nyɛ kronkron mma wɔn a wɔn ho agu fi na wonni gyidi no, efisɛ wɔn adwene ne wɔn tiboa ho agu fi. 16Wɔka se wonim Onyankopɔn, nanso wɔn nneyɛe nkyerɛ saa. Wɔyɛ nnipa a obiara tan wɔn, na wɔyɛ asoɔdenfo a wontumi nyɛ ade pa biara.