New Living Translation

Titus 1

Greetings from Paul

1This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to proclaim faith to[a] those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began. And now at just the right time he has revealed this message, which we announce to everyone. It is by the command of God our Savior that I have been entrusted with this work for him.

I am writing to Titus, my true son in the faith that we share.

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace.

Titus’s Work in Crete

I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you. An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife,[b] and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. A church leader[c] is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker,[d] violent, or dishonest with money.

Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.

10 For there are many rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. 11 They must be silenced, because they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money. 12 Even one of their own men, a prophet from Crete, has said about them, “The people of Crete are all liars, cruel animals, and lazy gluttons.”[e] 13 This is true. So reprimand them sternly to make them strong in the faith. 14 They must stop listening to Jewish myths and the commands of people who have turned away from the truth.

15 Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 Or to strengthen the faith of.
  2. 1:6 Or must have only one wife, or must be married only once; Greek reads must be the husband of one wife.
  3. 1:7a Or An overseer, or A bishop.
  4. 1:7b Greek must not drink too much wine.
  5. 1:12 This quotation is from Epimenides of Knossos.

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List Títovi 1

1 Milý Títus, môj duchovný syn,

Pán Boh ma poslal, aby som hlásal vieru tým, ktorých si vyvolil, a učil ich poznávať Božie pravdy, ktoré premieňajú život.

Kto ich prijme, získa večný život, zasľúbený už pred dávnymi vekmi.

Teraz Boh svoj sľub potvrdil skrze Krista a po celom svete rozhlasuje správu o večnom živote. Na jeho príkaz som aj ja bol poverený účasťou na tomto diele.

Želám ti, syn môj, aby ťa Boh Otec i Ježiš Kristus, náš Spasiteľ, obdaroval svojím pokojom a milosťou.

Kto môže viesť zbor

Nechal som ťa na Kréte, aby si tam dal do poriadku, čo som ja už nestihol, a aby si podľa mojich pokynov ustanovil v každom meste starších.

Pripomínam, že to majú byť muži s bezúhonnou povesťou, iba raz ženatí, aj ich deti nech sú veriace, nech majú v úcte svojich rodičov a nepohoršujú samopašnosťou a neposlušnosťou.

Predstavený zboru je predsa Boží správca, preto to musí byť muž bezúhonný: nie namyslený, ani zlostný, ani pijan, ani bitkár, ani ziskuchtivec.

Naopak, má byť pohostinný, dobrosrdečný, rozvážny, spravodlivý, zbožný a zdržanlivý.

Jeho život musí byť v dokonalom súlade s vierou, ktorú hlása, aby mal právo nabádať k zdravému učeniu a umlčovať odporcov.

Umlčať tých, čo prekrucujú pravdu

10 Lebo je mnoho tých, ktorí zanovito prekrucujú pravdu, najmä medzi bývalými Židmi.

11 Tým treba zavrieť ústa. Do mnohých rodín vniesli zmätok, učia veci, aké sa nesvedčí, a ešte si za to dávajú platiť.

12 Jeden z nich, ktorého dokonca vyhlasujú za proroka, vyjadril sa o svojich krajanoch takto: Kréťania sú samí luhári, zlé hovädá, leniví darmožráči."

13 Ozaj výstižné! Buď na nich čo najprísnejší, aby konečne dostali rozum a vrátili sa k viere.

14 Veď tie židovské bájky a vymyslené predpisy zatemňujú pravdu.

15 Čistým je všetko čisté. Ale ten, kto je vo svojom vnútri zlý a bezbožný, vidí to isté aj okolo seba, lebo sa na svet pozerá cez svoje nečisté vnútro.

16 Takí vyhlasujú, že poznajú Boha, ale ich konanie ich usvedčuje z klamstva. Sú protivní, spupní a neschopní nijakého dobrého skutku.