5 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.
5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting,
5 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--
5 I left you in charge in Crete so you could complete what I left half-done. Appoint leaders in every town according to my instructions.
5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you--
5 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.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Titus 1:5
Commentary on Titus 1:5-9
(Read Titus 1:5-9)
The character and qualification of pastors, here called elders and bishops, agree with what the apostle wrote to Timothy. Being such bishops and overseers of the flock, to be examples to them, and God's stewards to take care of the affairs of his household, there is great reason that they should be blameless. What they are not to be, is plainly shown, as well as what they are to be, as servants of Christ, and able ministers of the letter and practice of the gospel. And here are described the spirit and practice becoming such as should be examples of good works.