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Titus 1

For what end Titus was left in Crete.

Titus 1:1 Paul a seruaunt of God, and an Apostle of Iesus Christ, according to the faith of Gods elect, and the acknowledging of the trueth, which is according vnto godlines, Titus 1:2 Vnto the hope of eternall life, which God that cannot lie, hath promised before the world began: Titus 1:3 But hath made his worde manifest in due time through the preaching, which is committed vnto me, according to the commandement of God our Sauiour: Titus 1:4 To Titus my naturall sonne according to the common faith, Grace, mercie and peace from God the Father, and from the Lorde Iesus Christ our Sauiour. Titus 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Creta, that thou shouldest continue to redresse the thinges that remaine, and shouldest ordeine Elders in euery citie, as I appointed thee,

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

Titus 1:6 If any be vnreproueable, the husbande of one wife, hauing faithfull children, which are not slandered of riot, neither are disobedient. Titus 1:7 For a Bishop must bee vnreproueable, as Gods steward, not froward, not angrie, not giuen to wine, no striker, not giuen to filthie lucre, Titus 1:8 But harberous, one that loueth goodnesse, wise, righteous, holy, temperate, Titus 1:9 Holding fast that faithfull worde according to doctrine, that he also may bee able to exhort with wholesome doctrine, and conuince them that say against it. Titus 1:10 For there are many disobedient & vaine talkers and deceiuers of mindes, chiefly they of the Circumcision,

The mouths of evil teachers to be stopped:

Titus 1:11 Whose mouthes must bee stopped, which subuert whole houses, teaching things, which they ought not, for filthie lucres sake.

and what manner of men they be.

Titus 1:12 One of themselues, euen one of their owne prophets said, The Cretians are alwaies liars, euill beastes, slowe bellies. Titus 1:13 This witnesse is true: wherefore conuince them sharply, that they may be sound in ye faith, Titus 1:14 And not taking heede to Iewish fables and commaundements of men, that turne away from the trueth. Titus 1:15 Vnto the pure are all things pure, but vnto them that are defiled, and vnbeleeuing, is nothing pure, but euen their mindes and consciences are defiled. Titus 1:16 They professe that they know God, but by works they deny him, and are abominable & disobedient, and vnto euery good worke reprobate.

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