Bishops' Bible

Titus 1

For what end Titus was left in Crete.

Titus 1:1 Paul a seruaunt of God, & an Apostle of Iesus Christe, according to the fayth of Gods elect, & the knowledge of ye trueth, whiche is after godlynesse, Titus 1:2 In the hope of eternall lyfe, which God that can not lye, promised before the worlde began: Titus 1:3 But hath made manifest his worde, at ye time appoynted through preaching, which is committed vnto me, according to the ordinaunce of God our sauiour: Titus 1:4 To Titus a natural sonne after the common fayth: Grace, mercie, peace, from God the father, and the Lorde Iesus Christe our sauiour. Titus 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Creta, that thou shouldest refourme ye thynges that are left, and ordayne elders in euerye citie, as I had appoynted thee:

How they that are to be chosen ministers ought to be qualified.

Titus 1:6 If any be blamelesse, the husbande of one wyfe, hauyng faythfull chyldren, not accusable of riote, or vntractable. Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blamelesse, as the stewarde of God: not stubborne, not angry, not geuen to wyne, no striker, not geuen to filthie lucre: Titus 1:8 But a louer of hospitalitie, a louer of goodnes, sober, ryghteous, godly, temperate, Titus 1:9 Holdyng fast the faythfull worde, which is accordyng to doctrine, that he may be able both to exhort in wholsome doctrine, and to improue them that say agaynst it. Titus 1:10 For there are many vnruly, and vayne talkers, and deceauers of myndes, specially they [that are] of ye circumcision,

The mouths of evil teachers to be stopped:

Titus 1:11 Whose mouthes must be stopped, which subuert whole houses, teachyng thynges which they ought not, for fylthie lucre sake.

and what manner of men they be.

Titus 1:12 One of them selues [euen] a prophete of their owne, sayde: The Crettans [are] alwayes lyers, euyll beastes, slowe bellyes. Titus 1:13 This witnesse is true: wherfore rebuke them sharpely that they may be founde in the fayth, Titus 1:14 Not takyng heede to Iewes fables and comaundementes of men, turnyng from the trueth. Titus 1:15 Unto the pure, [are] all thynges pure: but vnto them that are defyled and vnbeleuyng, [is] nothyng pure, but euen the mynde and conscience of them is defyled. Titus 1:16 They confesse that they knowe God: but with workes they denie hym, seyng they are abhominable and disobedient, and vnto euery good worke reprobate.

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