1Paul, the servant of God, and (an) apostle of Jesus Christ, by the faith of the chosen of God, and by the knowing of the truth, which is after piety, 2into the hope of everlasting life, which life God that lieth not, promised before (the) times of the world; (in the hope of eternal life, which life God who lieth not, promised before the Creation of the world;) 3but he hath showed in his times his word in preaching, that is betaken to me (that is delivered to me), by the commandment of God, our Saviour,
4to Titus, most dearworthy son, (or beloved son), by the common faith, grace and (the) peace of God the Father, and of Christ Jesus, our Saviour (and of the Messiah Jesus, our Saviour).
5For cause of this thing I left thee at Crete, (so) that thou amend those things that fail, and ordain priests by cities, as also I assigned to thee, (or I disposed to thee). 6If any man is without crime, (or without great sin), an husband of one wife, and hath faithful sons, not in accusation of lechery, or not subject. 7For it behooveth a bishop to be without crime, [as] a dispenser of God, not proud, not wrathful, not given to drunkenness, not [a] smiter, not covetous of foul winning(s); 8but holding hospitality, benign, prudent, sober, just, holy, continent, 9taking, (or embracing), that true word, that is after doctrine; that he be mighty to admonish in wholesome teaching, (or doctrine), and to reprove them that gainsay (and to rebuke those who speak against it).
10For there be many unobedient, and vain speakers, and deceivers, most(ly) they that be of (the) circumcision (mostly those who be of the circumcision, or who be circumcised), 11which it behooveth to be reproved (who it behooveth to be rebuked); which subvert all houses, teaching which things it behooveth not, for [the] love of foul winning. 12And one of them, their proper prophet (their own prophet) said, Men of Crete be (for)evermore liars, evil beasts, of slow womb. 13This witnessing is true. For which cause blame them sore, that they be (made) whole in (the) faith, (This testimony is true. For which reason sharply rebuke them, so that they can be made whole in the faith,) 14not giving attention to (the) fables of (the) Jews, and to (the) commandments of men, that turn away them from (the) truth [(that) turn them away from (the) truth]. 15And all things be clean to clean men; but to unclean men and to unfaithful (men), nothing is clean, for the soul and (the) conscience of them be made unclean. 16They acknowledge that they know God, but by (their) deeds they deny [him]; when they be abominable, and unbelieveful, and reprovable to all good work(s) (and unfit for any good work).
Wycliffe’s Old Testament
Wycliffe’s New Testament
and JOHN PURVEY
A modern-spelling edition of their
14TH century Middle English translation,
the first complete English vernacular version,
with an Introduction by
TERENCE P. NOBLE
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