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Titus 1:5-7

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Titus’ Task on Crete

1:5 The reason I left you in Crete was to set in order the remaining matters and to appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 1:6 An elder must be blameless, 1  the husband of one wife, 2  with faithful children 3  who cannot be charged with dissipation or rebellion. 1:7 For the overseer 4  must be blameless as one entrusted with God’s work, 5  not arrogant, not prone to anger, not a drunkard, not violent, not greedy for gain.

1 tn Grk “if anyone is blameless…” as a continuation of v. 5b, beginning to describe the elder’s character.

2 tn Or “married only once,” “devoted solely to his wife.” See the note on “wife” in 1 Tim 3:2; also 1 Tim 3:12; 5:9.

3 tn Or “believing children.” The phrase could be translated “believing children,” but the parallel with 1 Tim 3:4 (“keeping his children in control”) argues for the sense given in the translation.

4 sn The overseer is another term for the same official position of leadership as the “elder.” This is seen in the interchange of the two terms in this passage and in Acts 20:17, 28, as well as in the parallels between these verses and 1 Tim 3:1-7.

5 tn Grk “as God’s steward.”



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