Titus 1:5
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New International Version
The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.

New Living Translation
I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you.

English Standard Version
This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you—

Berean Study Bible
The reason I left you in Crete was that you would set in order what was unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.

Berean Literal Bible
On account of this I left you in Crete, that you might set in order the things lacking and might appoint elders in every town, as I directed you,

New American Standard Bible
For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,

King James Bible
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:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The reason I left you in Crete was to set right what was left undone and, as I directed you, to appoint elders in every town:

International Standard Version
The reason I left you in Crete was to complete what still needed to be done and to appoint elders in every city, as I myself commanded you.

NET Bible
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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For this reason I had left you in Crete, that you might set right those things that are lacking, and ordain Elders in each city just as I ordered you:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I left you in Crete to do what still needed to be done-appointing spiritual leaders in every city as I directed you.

New American Standard 1977
For this reason I left you in Crete, that you might set in order what remains, and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For this cause I left thee in Crete, that thou should correct that which is lacking and set in place elders in every city, as I had commanded thee:

King James 2000 Bible
For this cause I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed you:

American King James Version
For this cause left I you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed you:

American Standard Version
For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that were wanting, and appoint elders in every city, as I gave thee charge;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this cause I left thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and shouldest ordain priests in every city, as I also appointed thee:

Darby Bible Translation
For this cause I left thee in Crete, that thou mightest go on to set right what remained [unordered], and establish elders in each city, as I had ordered thee:

English Revised Version
For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that were wanting, and appoint elders in every city, as I gave thee charge;

Webster's Bible Translation
For this cause I left thee in Crete, that thou shouldst set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

Weymouth New Testament
I have left you behind in Crete in order that you may set right the things which still require attention, and appoint Elders in every town, as I directed you to do;

World English Bible
I left you in Crete for this reason, that you would set in order the things that were lacking, and appoint elders in every city, as I directed you;

Young's Literal Translation
For this cause left I thee in Crete, that the things lacking thou mayest arrange, and mayest set down in every city elders, as I did appoint to thee;
Study Bible
Appointing Elders on Crete
4To Titus, my true child in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. 5The reason I left you in Crete was that you would set in order what was unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6An elder must be blameless, the husband of one wife, having children who are believers and are not open to accusation of indiscretion or insubordination.…
Word Study

On account
charin (Prep)
Accusative case of charis as preposition; through favor of, i.e. On account of.

This; he, she, it.

From apo and leipo; to leave behind; by implication, to forsake.

You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; "in, " at, on, by, etc.

Crete. Of uncertain derivation; Crete, an island in the Mediterranean.

In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

you might set in order
epidiorthōsē (V-ASM-2S)
From epi and a derivative of orthos; to straighten further, i.e. arrange additionally.

the things
ta (Art-ANP)
The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

A primary verb; to leave, i.e. to fail or be absent.

And, even, also, namely.

From kata and histemi; to place down, i.e. to designate, constitute, convoy.

Comparative of presbus; older; as noun, a senior; specially, an Israelite Sanhedrist or Christian "presbyter".

in every
kata (Prep)
A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

A city, the inhabitants of a city. Probably from the same as polemos, or perhaps from polus; a town.

Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

To give orders to, prescribe, arrange. From dia and tasso; to arrange thoroughly, i.e. institute, prescribe, etc.

You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:5-9 The character and qualification of pastors, here called elders and bishops, agree with what the apostle wrote to Timothy. Being such bishops and overseers of the flock, to be examples to them, and God's stewards to take care of the affairs of his household, there is great reason that they should be blameless. What they are not to be, is plainly shown, as well as what they are to be, as servants of Christ, and able ministers of the letter and practice of the gospel. And here are described the spirit and practice becoming such as should be examples of good works.
Cross References
Acts 11:30
This they did, sending their gifts to the elders with Barnabas and Saul.

Acts 14:23
Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church, praying and fasting as they entrusted them to the Lord, in whom they had believed.

Acts 27:7
After sailing slowly for many days, we arrived off Cnidus. When the wind impeded us, we sailed to the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone.

Acts 27:12
Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided to sail on, if somehow they could reach Phoenix to winter there. Phoenix was a harbor in Crete facing both southwest and northwest.

Acts 27:13
When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had their opportunity. So they weighed anchor and sailed along, hugging the coast of Crete.

1 Corinthians 4:17
That is why I have sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which is exactly what I teach everywhere in every church.

Titus 1:12
As one of their own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."
Treasury of Scripture

For this cause left I you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed you:

I left.

1 Timothy 1:3 As I sought you to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, …

Crete.

Acts 2:11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful …

Acts 27:7,12,21 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over …

set.

1 Chronicles 6:32 And they ministered before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of …

Ecclesiastes 12:9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the …

Isaiah 44:7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order …

1 Corinthians 11:34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that you come not together …

1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

Colossians 2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, …

wanting, or, left undone. and.

Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed …

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the …

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