Epistle to Titus (Translated)

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The Epistle to Titus was written to Titus, first bishop of Crete, by Nicopolis of Macedonia, and concerns the proper running of a Christian community.

Chapter 1

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; From Paul, a faithful servant of God and apostle to Jesus Christ, in accordance with his duties as one of God's faithful followers, and knowledge truth of God,
2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; in hope of eternal life, which God truthfully promised before the world began,
3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; but has since then manifested His word through preaching, which is committed to me in accordance with the commandment of God our savior.
4 To Titus, [mine] own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. To Titus, whom I converted from paganism: May the grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior be upon you.
5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: For this reason I left you in Crete: that you should set right the things that are not right, and ordain elders in every city, as I ordained you.
6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. That is, if you can find any elders blameless, that is, having only one wife, having good children not accused of riotting or other unruly behavior,
7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; because a bishop must be blameless as the steward of God: not selfish, without a temper, not a drunkard, not a member of a union, not pursuing money dishonestly,
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; but a lover of hospitality, a friend to all good men, a man who is sober, just, holy, and temperate.
9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. He must keep well the word of the scriptures as he has been taught, that he may use logic and reasoning to convince those who doubt.
10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: There are many liars and close-minded boasters, particularly those who demand circumcision of new converts.
11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. Their mouths must be shut, lest they subvert entire families, teaching what they should not teach, so that they may gain money dishonestly.
12 One of themselves, [even] a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians [are] alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. One of them, a "prophet," even, said, "The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, with fat bellies slowing them down."
13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; This testimony is true. Which is why you must rebuke them, so that their faith will be accurate,
14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. not paying attention to Jewish fables, and the laws of men, that turn Christians from the truth.
15 Unto the pure all things [are] pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. To the pure, all things are pure; but to them who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure: even their mind and their conscience are defiled.
16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. They claim they know God, but in their deeds they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and against every good thing.

Chapter 2

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: You must give them sound advice:
2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. that grown men must be sober, grave, temperate, faithful, charitable, patient;
3 The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that grown women must be likewise, that they must keep to holy behavior, that they may not bear false witness, or drink much wine; that they must be teachers of the good.
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, In this way they can teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 [To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. to be discreet, chaste, housewives; good, and obedient to their husbands, so that the word of God will not be blasphemed.
6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. You must also exhort young men to be sober.
7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine [shewing] uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, In all things, be an example of behaving well; in doctrine show uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. sound speech which cannot be condemned; so that he who disagrees with you may be ashamed, and have nothing bad to say of you.
9 [Exhort] servants to be obedient unto their own masters, [and] to please [them] well in all [things]; not answering again; Exhort servants to be obedient to their masters, and to please them in all things, never talking back;
10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. not stealing, but showing fidelity to all, so that they might exalt the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; teaching us that to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world,
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing, of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ,
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us all from iniquity, and purify for himself a particular people, who desire good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. These things you must teach, and rebuke naysayers with all authority. Let no man despise you.

Chapter 3

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, Put it into their minds to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to do good deeds,
2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. to speak ill of no man, to not fights, but to be gentle, showing meekness to all men.
3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, [and] hating one another. We are all sometimes foolish, disobedient, lied to, giving into lusts and pleasures, living in anger and jealousy, and hating others.
4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior came to man,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; not because we were righteous, but because He is merciful, He saved us; by the washing of regeneration, and the renewal of the Holy Spirit,
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; which He shed abundantly on us through Jesus Christ our Savior;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. that being justified by his grave, we should be made heirs to eternal life.
8 [This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. This is a saying of our faith, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, so that they who believe in God might be careful to maintain good deeds. These things are good and profitable to men.
9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. But ignore foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and minute points about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
10 A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; A man who is a heretic after the first and second admonition, reject;
11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. knowing that he who continues in sinful ways has condemned himself.
12 When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter. When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be sure to come visit me in Nicopolis, for I will spend the winter there.
13 Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them. Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos, and keep them well - make sure they want for nothing.
14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. And let us learn to keep our sermons for willing crowds, so that they will not be unfruitful.
15 All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace [be] with you all. Amen. All who are with me salute you. Greet them who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
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