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 Saviour,
4To Titus, my true son in our common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour.
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.
1我保罗做上帝的奴仆和耶稣基督的使徒，是为了使上帝拣选的人有信心、明白真理，从而过敬虔的生活， 2有永生的盼望。这永生是从不说谎的上帝在亘古以前应许的。 3祂在所定的时候，借着人的传扬将自己的道显明出来。我奉我们救主上帝的命令传扬这道。
5当初，我把你留在克里特岛，是要你完成未办完的事工，并照我的指示在各城选立长老。 6做长老的必须无可指责，只有一位妻子，儿女都信主、没有放荡不羁的行为。 7身为上帝的管家，做监督的必须无可指责，不傲慢，不暴躁，不酗酒，不好斗，不贪财。 8他必须好客、乐善、自制、正直、圣洁、自律， 9持守所领受的真道，以便能够以纯正的教导劝勉人，驳倒那些反对的人。
10因为有许多悖逆之人喜欢空谈，善于欺骗，尤其是那些奉行割礼的人。 11你一定要堵住他们的口，因为他们为了不义之财教不该教的，误导了别人全家。 12克里特人自己的一位先知说：“克里特人说谎成性，邪恶如兽，好吃懒做。” 13这话是真的。因此你要严正地斥责他们，使他们有纯正的信仰， 14不理会犹太人荒诞的传说和那些违背真理之人的诫律。 15对洁净的人而言，一切都是洁净的；对污秽不信的人而言，什么都不洁净，连他们的思想和良心都是污秽的。 16他们自称认识上帝，在行为上却否认祂。他们令人可憎，悖逆成性，一无是处。