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St. Paul the Apostle:
EPISTLE TO TITUS
King James Version.
- 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;
- In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised
before the world began;
- But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching,
which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our
- To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and
peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
- 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:
- If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful
children not accused of riot or unruly.
- 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;
- But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just,
- 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
- For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers,
specially they of the circumcision:
- Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching
things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
- One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The
Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
- This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they
may be sound in the faith;
- Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that
turn from the truth.
- 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.
- They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him,
being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
- vv. 5-7, "Elders ... bishop": Apparently, the distinction
priests and bishops was not yet made
( St. Jerome, Ep. 146, i;).
Orthodox Library, Sts. Trophymus, Sabbatius, and Dorymedon, 2004.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon Thy servants
the scribe John, the priest John, the suffering people of Iraq,
and the parishioners of the temple of Saint Andrew in Lubbock.
THE END, AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!