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Titus 1

For what end Titus was left in Crete.

Titus 1:1 Pavl the seruaunt of God, and an Apostle off Iesus Christ, to preach the faith off Gods electe, and the knowlege of ye trueth, which ledeth vnto godlynes, Titus 1:2 vpon the hope of eternall life: which God that can not lye hath promysed before the tymes of the worlde: Titus 1:3 but at his tyme hath opened his worde thorow preachinge, which is commytted vnto me acordinge to the commaundemet of God oure Sauioure. Titus 1:4 Vnto Titus my naturall sonne after ye comen faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the father, and fro the LORDE Iesu Christ oure Sauioure. Titus 1:5 For this cause left I the in Creta, that thou shuldest perfourme that which was lackynge, and shuldest ordeyne Elders in euery cite, as I appoynted ye.

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

Titus 1:6 Yf eny be blamelesse, the hussbande of one wife, hauynge faithfull children, which are not slaundred or ryote, nether are dishobedient. Titus 1:7 For a Bisshoppe must be blamelesse, as the stewarde of God: not wylfull, not angrye, not geuen vnto moch wyne, no fyghter, not gredye of filthye lucre: Titus 1:8 but harbarous, one that loueth goodnes, sober mynded, righteous, holy, temperate, Titus 1:9 and soch one as cleueth vnto the true worde of doctryne: that he maye be able to exhorte with wholsome lernynge, & to improue them that saye agaynst it. Titus 1:10 For there are many dishobedient, and talkers of vanite, and disceauers of myndes: namely they of the circucision,

The mouths of evil teachers to be stopped:

Titus 1:11 whose mouthes must be stopped: which peruerte whole houses, teachinge thinges which they oughte not, because of filthye lucre.

and what manner of men they be.

Titus 1:12 One of them selues euen their awne prophet, sayde: The Cretayns are alwayes lyars, euell beestes, and slowe belies. Titus 1:13 This witnesse is true. Wherfore rebuke them sharply, yt they maye be sounde in the faith, Titus 1:14 and not to take hede vnto Iewes fables and commaundementes of men, which turne them awaye from the trueth. Titus 1:15 Vnto ye cleane are all thinges cleane: but. to the vncleane & vnbeleuers, there is nothinge cleane, but both their mynde & conscience is defyled. Titus 1:16 They saye that they knowe God, but with the dedes they denye him: for so moch as they are abhominable and dishobedient, and vnmete to all good workes.

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