Ephesians (Author Paul)

4:1*I*, the prisoner in the Lord, exhort you therefore to walk worthy of the calling wherewith ye have been called,

4:2with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love;

4:3using diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace.

4:4There is one body and one Spirit, as ye have been also called in one hope of your calling;

4:5one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

4:6one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in us all.

4:7But to each one of us has been given grace according to the measure of the gift of the Christ.

4:8Wherefore he says, Having ascended up on high, he has led captivity captive, and has given gifts to men.

4:9But that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth?

4:10He that descended is the same who has also ascended up above all the heavens, that he might fill all things;

4:11and *he* has given some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some shepherds and teachers,

4:12for the perfecting of the saints; with a view to the work of the ministry, with a view to the edifying of the body of Christ;

4:13until we all arrive at the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, at the full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fulness of the Christ;

4:14in order that we may be no longer babes, tossed and carried about by every wind of *that* teaching which is in the sleight of men, in unprincipled cunning with a view to systematized error;

4:15but, holding the truth in love, we may grow up to him in all things, who is the head, the Christ:

4:16from whom the whole body, fitted together, and connected by every joint of supply, according to the working in its measure of each one part, works for itself the increase of the body to its self-building up in love.

4:17This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye should no longer walk as the rest of the nations walk in the vanity of their mind,

4:18being darkened in understanding, estranged from the life of God by reason of the ignorance which is in them, by reason of the hardness of their hearts,

4:19who having cast off all feeling, have given themselves up to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greedy unsatisfied lust.

4:20But *ye* have not thus learnt the Christ,

4:21if ye have heard him and been instructed in him according as the truth is in Jesus;

4:22namely your having put off according to the former conversation the old man which corrupts itself according to the deceitful lusts;

4:23and being renewed in the spirit of your mind;

4:24and your having put on the new man, which according to God is created in truthful righteousness and holiness.

4:25Wherefore, having put off falsehood, speak truth every one with his neighbour, because we are members one of another.

4:26Be angry, and do not sin; let not the sun set upon your wrath,

4:27neither give room for the devil.

4:28Let the stealer steal no more, but rather let him toil, working what is honest with his hands, that he may have to distribute to him that has need.

4:29Let no corrupt word go out of your mouth, but if there be any good one for needful edification, that it may give grace to those that hear it.

4:30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which ye have been sealed for the day of redemption.

4:31Let all bitterness, and heat of passion, and wrath, and clamour, and injurious language, be removed from you, with all malice;

4:32and be to one another kind, compassionate, forgiving one another, so as God also in Christ has forgiven you.

5:1Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children,

5:2and walk in love, even as the Christ loved us, and delivered himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.

5:3But fornication and all uncleanness or unbridled lust, let it not be even named among you, as it becomes saints;

5:4and filthiness and foolish talking, or jesting, which are not convenient; but rather thanksgiving.

5:5For this ye are well informed of, knowing that no fornicator, or unclean person, or person of unbridled lust, who is an idolater, has inheritance in the kingdom of the Christ and God.

5:6Let no one deceive you with vain words, for on account of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

5:7Be not ye therefore fellow-partakers with them;

5:8for ye were once darkness, but now light in the Lord; walk as children of light,

5:9(for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth,)

5:10proving what is agreeable to the Lord;

5:11and do not have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather also reprove them,

5:12for the things that are done by them in secret it is shameful even to say.

5:13But all things having their true character exposed by the light are made manifest; for that which makes everything manifest is light.

5:14Wherefore he says, Wake up, thou that sleepest, and arise up from among the dead, and the Christ shall shine upon thee.

5:15See therefore how ye walk carefully, not as unwise but as wise,

5:16redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

5:17For this reason be not foolish, but understanding what is the will of the Lord.

5:18And be not drunk with wine, in which is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit,

5:19speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and chanting with your heart to the Lord;

5:20giving thanks at all times for all things to him who is God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

5:21submitting yourselves to one another in the fear of Christ.

5:22Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord,

5:23for a husband is head of the wife, as also the Christ is head of the assembly. *He* is Saviour of the body.

5:24But even as the assembly is subjected to the Christ, so also wives to their own husbands in everything.

5:25Husbands, love your own wives, even as the Christ also loved the assembly, and has delivered himself up for it,

5:26in order that he might sanctify it, purifying it by the washing of water by the word,

5:27that *he* might present the assembly to himself glorious, having no spot, or wrinkle, or any of such things; but that it might be holy and blameless.

5:28So ought men also to love their own wives as their own bodies: he that loves his own wife loves himself.

5:29For no one has ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, even as also the Christ the assembly:

5:30for we are members of his body; we are of his flesh, and of his bones.

5:31Because of this a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be united to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.

5:32This mystery is great, but *I* speak as to Christ, and as to the assembly.

5:33But *ye* also, every one of you, let each so love his own wife as himself; but as to the wife I speak that she may fear the husband.

6:1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is just.

6:2Honour thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with a promise,

6:3that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest be long-lived on the earth.

6:4And ye fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and admonition of the Lord.

6:5Bondmen, obey masters according to flesh, with fear and trembling, in simplicity of your heart as to the Christ;

6:6not with eye-service as men-pleasers; but as bondmen of Christ, doing the will of God from the soul,

6:7serving with good will as to the Lord, and not to men;

6:8knowing that whatever good each shall do, this he shall receive of the Lord, whether bond or free.

6:9And, masters, do the same things towards them, giving up threatening, knowing that both their and your Master is in heaven, and there is no acceptance of persons with him.

6:10For the rest, brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the might of his strength.

6:11Put on the panoply of God, that ye may be able to stand against the artifices of the devil:

6:12because our struggle is not against blood and flesh, but against principalities, against authorities, against the universal lords of this darkness, against spiritual power of wickedness in the heavenlies.

6:13For this reason take to you the panoply of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having accomplished all things, to stand.

6:14Stand therefore, having girt about your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

6:15and shod your feet with the preparation of the glad tidings of peace:

6:16besides all these, having taken the shield of faith with which ye will be able to quench all the inflamed darts of the wicked one.

6:17Have also the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God's word;

6:18praying at all seasons, with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching unto this very thing with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints;

6:19and for me in order that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the glad tidings,

6:20for which I am an ambassador bound with a chain, that I may be bold in it as I ought to speak.

6:21But in order that *ye* also may know what concerns me, how I am getting on, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make all things known to you;

6:22whom I have sent to you for this very thing, that ye may know of our affairs and that he may encourage your hearts.

6:23Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

6:24Grace with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in incorruption.

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