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Titus 1

1 Paul, [a] slave of God, apostle of Jesus Christ according to the faith of God's chosen, and the knowledge of the truth [which is] according to piety, 2 in hope of eternal zoe-life1 , which the non-liar God promised before the eternal ages, 3 but manifested in its own opportune-times2 his word in proclamation, with which I was entrusted according to the command of God our savior, 4 to Titus true child according to [the] shared belief, grace and peace from God our father and Christ Jesus our savior.

5 Because of this I left you in Crete, in order that you set aright the [things] lacking, and appoint elders in every city, 6 if any is blameless, husband of one wife, having believing children, not accused of debauchery or unruly. 7 For the overseer must be blameless as God's administrator, not stubborn, not quick-tempered, not [a] wino, not belligerent, not fond-of-dishonest gain, 8 but [a] philia-lover of hospitality, [a] philia-lover of good, [who is] prudent, just, approved, self-controlled, 9 holding fast the trustworthy word according to the teaching, in order that he be able by sound teaching both to be exhorting and to be refuting those opposing. 10 For there are many rebellious, futile talkers and deceivers, especially those from the circumcision, 11 whose mouths must be being stopped, who turn aside entire houses, saying what they must not for the sake of shameful gain. 12 One of them, their own prophet, said:

Cretans [are] always liars, evil beasts, lazy bellys3.

13 This testimony is true. For this reason be rebuking them sharply, in order that they be sound in belief, 14 not giving heed to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn aside from truth. 15 Everything [is] pure to the pure, but to the defiled and non-believing nothing is pure, but both their mind and conscience are defiled. 16 They confess they know God, but they deny [him] in works, being detestable and disobedient and disqualified for every good work.

1from ZOE "ZOH-ay" (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected. Although it means 'life' in the conventional sense (for example: Matt.9:18, Matt.27:63, Luke.2:36, Acts.25:24, Rom.7:2, 2Cor.1:8, 1Thes.4:17, 1Tim.5:10, Rev.19:20), Jesus uses ZOE exclusively of 'life eternal' (with the possible exceptions of Luke.15:13, Luke.16:25). The other N.T. writers use ZOE in both senses—temporal and eternal, generally clear from the context. The Father is the 'zoe-living God' (see Matt.16:16). The Septuagint (LXX) in Gen.2:7 has "...[God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of zoe-life, and the man became a zoe-living psyche-life" (and see 1Cor.15:45); and Gen.3:20 (LXX) "And Adam called his wife's name ZOE, because she was the mother of all zoe-living." Contrast PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. See John.12:25 where both ZOE and PSYCHE occur. Greek also has the word BIOS (βιoς ) for 'life' in the sense of biological processes.

2KAIROS (καιρoς ) `opportune time', `proper time', `season'

3i.e. "gluttons"