12 It was one of them, their very own prophet, who said, ‘Cretans are always liars, vicious brutes, lazy gluttons.’
13 That testimony is true. For this reason rebuke them sharply, so that they may become sound in the faith,
14 not paying attention to Jewish myths or to commandments of those who reject the truth.
15 To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure. Their very minds and consciences are corrupted.
16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their actions. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
Teach Sound Doctrine
1 But as for you, teach what is consistent with sound doctrine.
2 Tell the older men to be temperate, serious, prudent, and sound in faith, in love, and in endurance.
3 Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in behaviour, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good,
4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 to be self-controlled, chaste, good managers of the household, kind, being submissive to their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited.
6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.
7 Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity,
8 and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.
9 Tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect; they are not to answer back,
10 not to pilfer, but to show complete and perfect fidelity, so that in everything they may be an ornament to the doctrine of God our Saviour.
Jesus the Light of the World
12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’
13 Then the Pharisees said to him, ‘You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.’
14 Jesus answered, ‘Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.
15 You judge by human standards; I judge no one.
16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgement is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.
17 In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid.
18 I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.’
19 Then they said to him, ‘Where is your Father?’ Jesus answered, ‘You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.’
20 He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.