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.
1Bulus, bawan Allah da kuma manzon Yesu Kiristi saboda bangaskiyar zaɓaɓɓu na Allah da kuma sanin gaskiya wadda take kaiwa ga rayuwa ta tsoron Allah 2duk wannan kuwa saboda begen nan ne ga rai madawwami da Allah ya yi alkawari tun fil azal, shi wanda ƙarya ba ta a gare shi, 3da lokacin da Allah ya zaɓa ya cika sai ya bayyana maganarsa a sarari ta wurin wa’azin da aka danƙa mini amana ta wurin umarnin Allah Mai Cetonmu,
4Zuwa ga Titus, ɗana na gaske a tarayyarmu cikin bangaskiya.
Alheri da salama daga Allah Uba da kuma Kiristi Yesu Mai Cetonmu, su kasance tare da kai.
Aikin Titus a Kirit
5Dalilin da ya sa na bar ka a Kirit shi ne don ka daidaita abubuwan da suka rage da ba a kammala ba, ka kuma naɗa dattawa a kowane gari, yadda na umarce ka. 6Dole dattijo yă kasance marar aibi, mijin mace guda, mutumin da ’ya’yansa masu bi ne, waɗanda kuma ba a san su da lalata ko rashin biyayya ba. 7Da yake an danƙa wa mai kula da ikkilisiya riƙon amana saboda Allah, dole yă zama marar aibi ba mai girman kai ba, ba mai saurin fushi ba, ba mai buguwa ba, ba mai rikici ba, ba kuma mai son ƙazamar riba ba. 8A maimakon haka dole yă zama mai karɓan baƙi, mai son abu nagari, mai kamunkai, mai adalci, mai tsarki da kuma natsattse. 9Dole yă riƙe tabbataccen saƙon nan kam-kam yadda aka koyar, don yă iya ƙarfafa waɗansu da sahihiyar koyarwa yă kuma ƙaryata waɗanda suke gāba da shi.
Tsawata wa waɗanda suka ƙi yin nagarta
10Gama akwai ’yan tawaye da yawa, masu surutun banza da masu ruɗi, musamman ƙungiyar masu kaciya. 11Dole a hana su yin magana, domin suna kawo rushewar iyalai ta wurin koyar da abubuwan da bai kamata su koyar ba don neman ƙazamar riba. 12Wani daga cikin annabawansu ma ya ce, “Kiretawa a kullum maƙaryata ne, mugayen dabbobi, ragwaye haɗamammu.” 13Wannan shaida gaskiya ce. Saboda haka, sai ka tsawata musu sosai, don su zama sahihai a wajen bangaskiya, 14ba za su kuma mai da hankalinsu ga tatsuniyoyin Yahudawa ko ga umarnan waɗanda suke ƙin gaskiya ba. 15Ga tsarkaka kuwa, kome mai tsarki ne, amma ga waɗanda suke marasa tsarki da kuma marasa ba da gaskiya, ba abin da yake da tsarki. Gaskiya dai, hankulansu da lamirinsu duk marasa tsarki ne. 16Sun ɗauka cewa sun san Allah, amma ta wurin ayyukansu suna mūsunsa. Sun zama abin ƙyama, marasa biyayya, ba su ma isa su yi aiki nagari ba.