Titus 1:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Titus 1:5, NIV: "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."

Titus 1:5, ESV: "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—"

Titus 1:5, KJV: "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:"

Titus 1:5, NASB: "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,"

Titus 1:5, NLT: "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."

Titus 1:5, CSB: "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."

What does Titus 1:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Verse 5 explains the background to Paul's letter. Paul and Titus had ministered together evangelizing the people of the island of Crete. Paul later left, with Titus remaining. This took place sometime after Paul's house arrest (Acts 28), which ended around AD 62, and his second Roman imprisonment which likely occurred sometime in AD 65. This second stint is recorded in the book of 2 Timothy.

Titus remained in Crete for two reasons. First, there was unfinished business when Paul left. Titus was the man responsible for completing it. This phrase may be general in nature, with the later parts of the letter offering details of what this unfinished work included. Second, Titus was to "appoint elders in every town…" The good news was that many towns had a positive response to the Christian message. There were likely house churches in each "town," though not necessarily every small village. However, these new churches lacked leaders. Titus was to "appoint" elders. This was not a vote, but rather a process in which Titus selected godly men based on the principles given in verses 6–9.