DAY 263 Titus 1-3, Psalm 119:145-152

TITUS
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Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
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In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
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But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
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To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
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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:
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If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
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For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
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But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
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Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
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For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
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Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
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One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
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This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
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Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
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Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
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They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
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But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
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That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
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The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
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That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
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To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
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Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
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In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
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Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
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Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
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Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
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For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
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Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
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Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
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Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
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These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
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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,
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To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
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For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
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But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
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Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
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Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
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That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
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This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
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But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
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A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
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Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
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When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter.
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Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.
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And let our's also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
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All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
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PSALMS
119:145
I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.
119:146
I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
119:147
I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
119:148
Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
119:149
Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.
119:150
They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.
119:151
Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.
119:152
Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.

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