Wednesday, February 23, 2022
 One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”
 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
 instead of giving heed to Jewish myths or to commands of men who reject the truth.
 To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are corrupted.
 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their deeds; they are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good deed.
 But as for you, teach what befits sound doctrine.
 Bid the older men be temperate, serious, sensible, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.
 Bid the older women likewise to be reverent in behavior, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good,
 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,
 to be sensible, chaste, domestic, kind, and submissive to their husbands, that the word of God may not be discredited.
 Likewise urge the younger men to control themselves.
 Show yourself in all respects a model of good deeds, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity,
 and sound speech that cannot be censured, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.
 Bid slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect; they are not to be refractory,
 nor to pilfer, but to show entire and true fidelity, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
 The Pharisees then said to him, “You are bearing witness to yourself; your testimony is not true.”
 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness to myself, my testimony is true, for I know whence I have come and whither I am going, but you do not know whence I come or whither I am going.
 You judge according to the flesh, I judge no one.
 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone that judge, but I and he who sent me.
 In your law it is written that the testimony of two men is true;
 I bear witness to myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness to me.”
 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father; if you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
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