4 I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 Preach the message, 1 be ready 2 whether it is convenient or not, 3 reprove, rebuke, exhort 4 with complete patience and instruction. 3 For there will be a time when people 5 will not tolerate sound teaching. Instead, following their own desires, 6 they will accumulate teachers for themselves, because they have an insatiable curiosity to hear new things. 7 4 And they will turn away from hearing the truth, but on the other hand they will turn aside to myths. 8 5 You, however, be self-controlled 9 in all things, endure hardship, do an evangelist’s work, fulfill your ministry. 6 For I am already being poured out as an offering, and the time for me to depart 10 is at hand. 7 I have competed well; 11 I have finished the race; I have kept the faith! 8 Finally the crown of righteousness is reserved for me. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award it to me in that day – and not to me only, but also to all who have set their affection on 12 his appearing.
9 Make every effort to come to me soon. 10 For Demas deserted me, since he loved 13 the present age, and he went to Thessalonica. 14 Crescens went to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is a great help 15 to me in ministry. 16 12 Now I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 17 13 When you come, bring with you the cloak I left in Troas with Carpas and the scrolls, especially the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm. 18 The Lord will repay him in keeping with his deeds. 19 15 You be on guard against him 20 too, because he vehemently opposed our words. 16 At my first defense no one appeared in my support; instead they all deserted me – may they not be held accountable for it. 17 But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message 21 would be fully proclaimed 22 for all the Gentiles to hear. And so I was delivered from the lion’s mouth! 18 The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed and will bring me safely 23 into his heavenly kingdom. To him 24 be glory for ever and ever! 25 Amen.
19 Greetings to 26 Prisca and Aquila 27 and the family of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus stayed in Corinth. 28 Trophimus I left ill in Miletus. 21 Make every effort to come before winter. Greetings to you from Eubulus, Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers and sisters. 29 22 The Lord 30 be with your spirit. Grace be with you. 31
1 From Paul, 1 a slave 2 of God and apostle of Jesus Christ, to further the faith 3 of God’s chosen ones and the knowledge of the truth that is in keeping with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the ages began. 4 3 But now in his own time 5 he has made his message evident through the preaching I was entrusted with according to the command of God our Savior. 4 To Titus, my genuine son in a common faith. Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior!
5 The reason I left you in Crete was to set in order the remaining matters and to appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, 6 the husband of one wife, 7 with faithful children 8 who cannot be charged with dissipation or rebellion. 7 For the overseer 9 must be blameless as one entrusted with God’s work, 10 not arrogant, not prone to anger, not a drunkard, not violent, not greedy for gain. 8 Instead he must be hospitable, devoted to what is good, sensible, upright, devout, and self-controlled. 9 He must hold firmly to the faithful message as it has been taught, 11 so that he will be able to give exhortation in such healthy teaching 12 and correct those who speak against it.
10 For there are many 13 rebellious people, idle talkers, and deceivers, especially those with Jewish connections, 14 11 who must be silenced because they mislead whole families by teaching for dishonest gain what ought not to be taught. 12 A certain one of them, in fact, one of their own prophets, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 15 13 Such testimony is true. For this reason rebuke them sharply that they may be healthy in the faith 14 and not pay attention to Jewish myths 16 and commands of people who reject the truth. 15 All is pure to those who are pure. But to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They profess to know God but with their deeds they deny him, since they are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.
2 But as for you, communicate the behavior that goes with 1 sound teaching. 2 Older men are to be temperate, dignified, self-controlled, 2 sound in faith, in love, and in endurance. 3 3 Older women likewise are to exhibit behavior fitting for those who are holy, not slandering, not slaves to excessive drinking, but teaching what is good. 4 In this way 4 they will train 5 the younger women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be self-controlled, 6 pure, fulfilling their duties at home, 7 kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the message 8 of God may not be discredited. 9 6 Encourage younger men likewise to be self-controlled, 10 7 showing yourself to be an example of good works in every way. In your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and a sound message that cannot be criticized, so that any opponent will be at a loss, 11 because he has nothing evil to say about us. 9 Slaves 12 are to be subject to their own masters in everything, 13 to do what is wanted and not talk back, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, 14 in order to bring credit to 15 the teaching of God our Savior in everything.
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. 16 12 It trains us 17 to reject godless ways 18 and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 as we wait for the happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing 19 of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 20 14 He 21 gave himself for us to set us free from every kind of lawlessness and to purify for himself a people who are truly his, 22 who are eager to do good. 23 15 So communicate these things with the sort of exhortation or rebuke 24 that carries full authority. 25 Don’t let anyone look down 26 on you.