He must hold firmly(A) to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine(B) and refute those who oppose it.

Rebuking Those Who Fail to Do Good

10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk(C) and deception, especially those of the circumcision group.(D) 11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households(E) by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 One of Crete’s own prophets(F) has said it: “Cretans(G) are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”[a] 13 This saying is true. Therefore rebuke(H) them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith(I) 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths(J) or to the merely human commands(K) of those who reject the truth.(L)

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Footnotes

  1. Titus 1:12 From the Cretan philosopher Epimenides