Those people from Crete (Titus 1:12)

“It was one of them,

Their very own prophet,

Who said,

‘Cretans are

Always liars,

Vicious brutes,

And lazy gluttons.’”

εἶπέν τις ἐξ αὐτῶν ἴδιος αὐτῶν προφήτης Κρῆτες ἀεὶ ψεῦσται, κακὰ θηρία, γαστέρες ἀργαί.

Paul said, “It was one of them (τις ἐξ αὐτῶν), their very own prophet (ἴδιος αὐτῶν προφήτης), who said (εἶπέν), ‘Cretans (Κρῆτες) are always liars (ἀεὶ ψεῦσται), vicious brutes (κακὰ θηρία), and lazy gluttons (γαστέρες ἀργαί).’”  Paul cited here the sixth century BCE Cretan poet Epimenides.  In Acts, chapter 17:28, Paul seemed to quote this same poet when he was in Corinth, talking about the altar of the unknown god.  Paul turned to this Greek Cretan poetic words about the people of Crete.  The Cretans were always liars, vicious brutes, and lazy gluttons.  This was not a favorable description of the people of Crete.  Paul was warning Titus that his task with the Cretan would not be easy.  Have you ever met anyone from the island of Crete? 

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