Titus & Philemon
1 Paul, a servant of Elohim, and an apostle of Messiah Yeshua, according to the faith of the Elect of Elohim, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after righteousness;
2 in hope of eternal life, which Elohim who cannot lie, promised before the world began,
3 but has in due times, manifested His word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of our Savior.
4 To Titus, my own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from Elohim the Father, through The Lord, Messiah Yeshua, our Savior.
5 For this cause, I left you in Crete, so that you should set in order, the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed you:
6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of Elohim; not self willed, not soon angered, not given to wine, not violent, not given to filthy lucre.
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, and temperate,
9 holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially they of the circumcision,
11 whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
12 One of them, even a prophet of their own, said: The Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, and slow bellies!
13 This witness is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
14 not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men that turn from the truth.
15 Unto the pure all things are pure, but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
16 They profess that they know Elohim, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and unto every good work, reprobate.
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1 But you all, speak the things which become sound doctrine;
2 that the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becomes holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, and teachers of good things;
4 that they may teach the young women to be sober, to Love their husbands and their children;
5 to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, and obedient to their husbands, so that the word of Elohim be not blasphemed.
6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
7 In all things show yourself as a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing incorruptness, gravity, sincerity, and
8 sound speech, which cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part, may be ashamed, having no evil thing 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;
10 not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of Elohim our Savior in all things.
11 For the grace of Elohim that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
12 teaching us that, denying unrighteousness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and righteous in this present world,
13 looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great Elohim, by our Savior Messiah Yeshua,
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.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise you.
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Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
to speak evil of no man, to not be brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men.
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
But after that, the kindness and Love of Elohim our Savior toward man appeared,
not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of Regeneration; the renewing of the Holy Spirit
which He shed on us abundantly through Messiah Yeshua our Savior;
so that, being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Matt 19:28-30)
This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you affirm constantly, that they which have believed in Elohim might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and striving about the Torah, for they are unprofitable and vain.
A man that is a heretic after the first and second admonition, reject,
knowing that he that is such, is subverted, and sins, being condemned of himself.
When I shall send Artemas unto you, or Tychicus; be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis, for I have determined there to winter.
Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently so that nothing be wanting unto them.
And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
All that are with me salute you. Greet them that Love us in the faith. Grace be with you all: Amen!
[Written by Saint Paul to Titus, ordained the first bishop of the Koinonia of the Cretians from Nicopolis.]
1 Paul, a prisoner of Messiah Yeshua, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved and fellow laborer,
2 and to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the fellowship in your house:
3 Grace to you and peace, from Elohim our Father, through The Lord, Messiah Yeshua!
4 I thank Adonai my Elohim, making mention of you always in my prayers,
5 hearing of your Love and faith, which you have toward The Lord Messiah Yeshua, and toward all Saints,
6 that the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing that is in you, in Messiah Yeshua.
7 For we have great joy and consolation in your Love, because the bowels of the Saints are refreshed by you, brother.
8 Therefore, though I might be much bold in Messiah to enjoin you that which is convenient,
9 yet for Love's sake rather, I beseech you, being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Messiah Yeshua.
10 I beseech you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds,
11 which in times past was, to you unprofitable, but now profitable to you and to me,
12 whom I have sent again. Therefore, you receive him; that is, mine own bowels,
13 who I would have retained with me, that in your stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel.
14 But without your mind, I would do nothing, that your benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that you should receive him forever,
16 not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, especially to me, but how much more unto you, both in the flesh, and in The Lord?
17 If you count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
18 If he has wronged you, or owes you ought, put that on my account.
19 I Paul, have written it with my own hand, I will repay it: Albeit I do not say to you how you owe unto me even your own self besides.
20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of you in The Lord: Refresh my bowels in The Lord!
21 Having confidence in your obedience I wrote unto you, knowing that you will also do more than I say.
22 But withal, prepare me also a lodging, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.
23 There, you salute Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Messiah Yeshua:
24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, and my fellow laborers.
25 The grace of our Lord Messiah Yeshua be with your spirit: Amen!
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[Written to Philemon from Rome; a prison letter co-authored by Saint's Paul and Timothy, delivered by Onesimus.]