Paul, a servant[a] of God and (A)an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and (B)their knowledge of the truth, (C)which accords with godliness, (D)in hope of eternal life, which God, (E)who never lies, (F)promised (G)before the ages began[b] and (H)at the proper time manifested in his word[c] (I)through the preaching (J)with which I have been entrusted (K)by the command of God our Savior;

To Titus, (L)my true child in (M)a common faith:

(N)Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Qualifications for Elders

(O)This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and (P)appoint elders in every town as I directed you— (Q)if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife,[d] and his children are believers[e] and not open to the charge of (R)debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer,[f] (S)as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not (T)be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent (U)or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, (V)and disciplined. He must (W)hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in (X)sound[g] doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

10 For there are many who are insubordinate, (Y)empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of (Z)the circumcision party.[h] 11 They must be silenced, since (AA)they are upsetting whole families by teaching (AB)for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 (AC)One of the Cretans,[i] a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”[j] 13 This testimony is true. Therefore (AD)rebuke them (AE)sharply, that they (AF)may be sound in the faith, 14 (AG)not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and (AH)the commands of people (AI)who turn away from the truth. 15 (AJ)To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and (AK)unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both (AL)their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16 (AM)They profess to know God, but they (AN)deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, (AO)unfit for any good work.

Teach Sound Doctrine

But as for you, teach what accords with (AP)sound[k] doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, (AQ)sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. (AR)Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, (AS)not slanderers (AT)or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, (AU)pure, (AV)working at home, kind, and (AW)submissive to their own husbands, (AX)that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge (AY)the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be (AZ)a model of good works, and in your teaching (BA)show integrity, (BB)dignity, and (BC)sound speech that cannot be condemned, (BD)so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. (BE)Bondservants[l] are to be submissive to their own masters (BF)in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, (BG)but showing all good faith, (BH)so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

11 For (BI)the grace of God (BJ)has appeared, bringing salvation (BK)for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and (BL)worldly passions, and (BM)to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in (BN)the present age, 13 (BO)waiting for our blessed (BP)hope, the (BQ)appearing of the glory of our great (BR)God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 (BS)who gave himself for us to (BT)redeem us from all lawlessness and (BU)to purify for himself (BV)a people for his own possession who are (BW)zealous for good works.

15 Declare these things; exhort and (BX)rebuke with all authority. (BY)Let no one disregard you.

Be Ready for Every Good Work

Remind them (BZ)to be submissive to rulers and authorities, (CA)to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, (CB)to speak evil of no one, (CC)to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and (CD)to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For (CE)we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when (CF)the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, (CG)not because of works done by us in righteousness, but (CH)according to his own mercy, by (CI)the washing of regeneration and (CJ)renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he (CK)poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that (CL)being justified by his grace we might become (CM)heirs (CN)according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is (CO)trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful (CP)to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. But (CQ)avoid foolish (CR)controversies, (CS)genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for (CT)they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 As for a person who stirs up division, (CU)after warning him once and then twice, (CV)have nothing more to do with him, 11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

Final Instructions and Greetings

12 When I send Artemas or (CW)Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me (CX)at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13 Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and (CY)Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. 14 And let our people learn (CZ)to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not (DA)be unfruitful.

15 All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith.

(DB)Grace be with you all.


  1. Titus 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
  2. Titus 1:2 Greek before times eternal
  3. Titus 1:3 Or manifested his word
  4. Titus 1:6 Or a man of one woman
  5. Titus 1:6 Or are faithful
  6. Titus 1:7 Or bishop; Greek episkopos
  7. Titus 1:9 Or healthy; also verse 13
  8. Titus 1:10 Or especially those of the circumcision
  9. Titus 1:12 Greek One of them
  10. Titus 1:12 Probably from Epimenides of Crete
  11. Titus 2:1 Or healthy; also verses 2, 8
  12. Titus 2:9 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface


Paul, (A)a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and (B)Timothy our brother,

To Philemon our beloved fellow worker and Apphia our sister and (C)Archippus our (D)fellow soldier, and (E)the church in your house:

(F)Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon's Love and Faith

(G)I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I (H)hear of your love and (I)of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full (J)knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.[a] For I have derived much joy and (K)comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints (L)have been refreshed through you.

Paul's Plea for Onesimus

Accordingly, (M)though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do (N)what is required, yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now (O)a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— 10 I appeal to you for (P)my child, (Q)Onesimus,[b] (R)whose father I became in my imprisonment. 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me (S)on your behalf (T)during my imprisonment for the gospel, 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be (U)by compulsion but of your own accord. 15 For this perhaps is why (V)he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, 16 (W)no longer as a bondservant[c] but more than a bondservant, as (X)a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, (Y)both in the flesh and in the Lord.

17 So if you consider me (Z)your partner, receive him as you would receive me. 18 If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19 (AA)I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. 20 Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. (AB)Refresh my heart in Christ.

21 (AC)Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for (AD)I am hoping that (AE)through your prayers (AF)I will be graciously given to you.

Final Greetings

23 (AG)Epaphras, my (AH)fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, 24 and so do (AI)Mark, (AJ)Aristarchus, (AK)Demas, and (AL)Luke, my fellow workers.

25 (AM)The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.


  1. Philemon 1:6 Or for Christ's service
  2. Philemon 1:10 Onesimus means useful (see verse 11) or beneficial (see verse 20)
  3. Philemon 1:16 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; twice in this verse

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