1:1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to further the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth which accords with godliness,
1:1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that is in accordance with godliness,

1:2 in hope of eternal life which God, who never lies, promised ages ago
1:2 in the hope of eternal life that God, who never lies, promised before the ages began--

1:3 and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by command of God our Savior;
1:3 in due time he revealed his word through the proclamation with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior,

1:4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
1:4 To Titus, my loyal child in the faith we share: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

1:5 This is why I left you in Crete, that you might amend what was defective, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you,
1:5 I left you behind in Crete for this reason, so that you should put in order what remained to be done, and should appoint elders in every town, as I directed you:

1:6 if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of being profligate or insubordinate.
1:6 someone who is blameless, married only once, whose children are believers, not accused of debauchery and not rebellious.

1:7 For a bishop, as God's steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,
1:7 For a bishop, as God's steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or addicted to wine or violent or greedy for gain;

1:8 but hospitable, a lover of goodness, master of himself, upright, holy, and self-controlled;
1:8 but he must be hospitable, a lover of goodness, prudent, upright, devout, and self-controlled.

1:9 he must hold firm to the sure word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to confute those who contradict it.
1:9 He must have a firm grasp of the word that is trustworthy in accordance with the teaching, so that he may be able both to preach with sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it.

1:10 For there are many insubordinate men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially the circumcision party;
1:10 There are also many rebellious people, idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision;

1:11 they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for base gain what they have no right to teach.
1:11 they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for sordid gain what it is not right to teach.

1:12 One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."
1:12 It was one of them, their very own prophet, who said, "Cretans are always liars, vicious brutes, lazy gluttons."

1:13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
1:13 That testimony is true. For this reason rebuke them sharply, so that they may become sound in the faith,

1:14 instead of giving heed to Jewish myths or to commands of men who reject the truth.
1:14 not paying attention to Jewish myths or to commandments of those who reject the truth.

1:15 To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are corrupted.
1:15 To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure. Their very minds and consciences are corrupted.

1:16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their deeds; they are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good deed.
1:16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their actions. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.