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'will come when men will not endure sound teaching; but will heap to themselves teachers according to their own
4 evil desires, having itching ears; and will turn away their
5 ears from the truth, and will be turned to fables. But watch thou in all things, suffer hardships, do the work of of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry.
6 For I am now ready to be poured out, and the time of
7 my departure is near. I have maintained* the good contest, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
8 As for what remaineth, a crown of righteousness is laid up for me, with which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will reward met at that day f: and not me only, but all those likewise who love his appearance.
9 Endeavour to come unto me speedily. For Demas hath 10 forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus to
11 Dalmatia. Luke only is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the
12 ministry. Now Tyehicus I have sent to Ephesus. The
13 cloke which I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee; and the books, but especially
14 the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith hath done me much evil: the Lord will reward him according to his
15 works. Of whom beware thou also; for he hath greatly 16 withstood our words. At my first defence none was with me, but all forsook me: may it not be laid to their charge.
17 But the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me: that by me the preaching of his gosfiel may be fully known, and that all the gentiles may hear: and I was delivered out
18 of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me to his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever, Amen.
* So Neweome's margin. In the the text " contended a good contest.*'
19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesi
20 phorus. Erastus remained at Corinth: and Trophimus 21 I left sick at Miletus. Endeavour to come before winter. Eubulus, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia,
22 and all the brethren, salute thee. The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. The favour of God be with you. [Amen.]
EPISTLE OF SAINT PAUL
Paul , a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, (as to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledgment
2 of the truth which is according to godliness; in hope of everlasting life, which God, who cannot lie, promised
3 before the ancient dispensations; and in due time hath manifested his word through that preaching which hath been committed unto me, according to the appointment
4 of God our Saviour;) to Titus, my own son as to the common faith*: favour, mercy, and peacet from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
5 For this cause I left thee in Crete, that thou mightest set right the things which are wanted, and appoint elders
6 in every city, as I directed thee: if any one be irreproachable, the husband of one wife, having believing children, who are not under accusation of dissoluteness, or disobe-
7 dient. For the bishopf must be irreproachable, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not a
• Or, my true son aceording to our common faith. t pence be to him, N.
% a b ihop, N. Or, a iupcrintenUant the same as a presbyter or elder. Sec rer. 5, and Act, M. 17. 28. s
continuer at the wine, not a striker, not greedy of base
8 gains* ; but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men,
9 self-governedt, just, holy, temperate; holding fast the true word as he hath been taught, that he may be able both to exhort by sound doctrinef, and to confute the gainsayers.
10 For many are disobedient, vain-talkers, and deceivers,
11 especially those of the circumcision: whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole families, teaching things
12 which they ought not, for the sake of base gain. One of themselves, a poet|| of their own, hath said, "The
13 Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, idle gluttonst." This witness is true: wherefore reprove them sharply, that they
14 may be sound in the faith; not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men who turn away from
15 the truth. To the pure all things are pure: but to those that are defiled, and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but
16 even their mind and conscience are defiled. They profess to know God: but in their works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and to every good work reprobate.
Ch. ii. But speak thou the things which become sound doc2 trine; that the aged men be sober, grave, self-governed**;
3 sound in faith, in love, in patience: that the aged women in like manner be in behaviour as becometh holy persons, not false accuscrstt, not enslaved ff to much wine,
4 teachers of good things; that they may instruct the young
5 women to love their husbands, to love their children, to he self-governed**, chaste, keepers at home, good, submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God be
6 not evil spoken of. In like manner exhort the young
7 men to be self-governed: in all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works; in doctrine shewing uncorrupt
* filthy lucre, N. Sec ret. 11. t Or, iliicrwt.
t Or, by wholesomo teaching. | Gr, prophet, N. m. 1 tlow gtattoau, K. Or.discreit; tt Gr.dcrifc. tl Or,»ddicted,N.Va. a ness, gravity, sound speech which cannot be condemned;that he who is of the contrary fiart may be ashamed, 9 having no evil thing to say of us*. Exhort servants to submit themselves to their own masters, and to please
10 them well in all things, not contradicting, not thievingt, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
11 For the favour \ of God hath appeared, which bringeth
12 salvation to all men, teaching us that we should deny ungodliness and worldly desires, and live soberly, and righteously, and religiously, in this present world ||;
13 looking for the happy end of our hopef, and the glorious appearance of the great God, and of our Saviour Jesus
14 Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem** us from all iniquity, and purify to himself a peculiar
15 people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and reprove with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Ch. ill. Put men in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good
2 work, to speak evil of no man, not to be contentious, but
3 gentle, shewing all meekness to all men. For we ourselves also were formerly unwise, disobedient, deceived, slaves to various desirestt and pleasures, living in mali
4 ciousness and envy, odious, and hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Saviour and his love to
5 ward man appeared; he saved us\\, not by works of justification IIH which we did, but according to his mer
* of you, R. T. t Or, embezzling,
i Or, gracious gospel, N. m. | Or, this present age, or life.
1 Or, our blessed hope, N. m. *• Or, deliver. tt many reil desires, N. ft he delivered us from our heathen state, and introdueed us to the privileges of the gospel.
Q| not by submission to the Mosaic ritual. The npostlo treat, this subjeet at large in the Epistles to the Romans and the Galathms. See Rom. in. 28; r. 1.