1Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; 2In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; 3But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; 4To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
5For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: 6If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 7For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 10For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. 12One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 13This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; 14Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. 15Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. 16They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
1我保羅作上帝的奴僕和耶穌基督的使徒，是為了使上帝揀選的人有信心、明白真理，從而過敬虔的生活， 2有永生的盼望。這永生是從不說謊的上帝在亙古以前應許的。 3祂在所定的時候，藉著人的傳揚將自己的道顯明出來。我奉我們救主上帝的命令傳揚這道。
5當初，我把你留在克里特島，是要你完成未辦完的事工，並照我的指示在各城選立長老。 6作長老的必須無可指責，只有一位妻子，兒女都信主、沒有放蕩不羈的行為。 7身為上帝的管家，作監督的必須無可指責，不傲慢，不暴躁，不酗酒，不好鬥，不貪財。 8他必須好客、樂善、自制、正直、聖潔、自律， 9持守所領受的真道，以便能夠以純正的教導勸勉人，駁倒那些反對的人。
10因為有許多悖逆之人喜歡空談，善於欺騙，尤其是那些奉行割禮的人。 11你一定要堵住他們的口，因為他們為了不義之財教不該教的，誤導了別人全家。 12克里特人自己的一位先知說：「克里特人說謊成性，邪惡如獸，好吃懶做。」 13這話是真的。因此你要嚴正地斥責他們，使他們有純正的信仰， 14不理會猶太人荒誕的傳說和那些違背真理之人的誡律。 15對潔淨的人而言，一切都是潔淨的；對污穢不信的人而言，什麼都不潔淨，連他們的思想和良心都是污穢的。 16他們自稱認識上帝，在行為上卻否認祂。他們令人可憎，悖逆成性，一無是處。