THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

The Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians (Author Paul)

1:1¤ Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, to all the saints who are at Ephesus and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.

1:2Grace be to you and peace, from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

1:3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with spiritual blessings in heavenly places, in Christ:

1:4As he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unspotted in his sight in charity.

1:5Who hath predestinated us unto the adoption of children through Jesus Christ unto himself: according to the purpose of his will:

1:6Unto the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he hath graced us, in his beloved son.

1:7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his, grace,

1:8Which hath superabounded in us, in all wisdom and prudence,

1:9That he might make known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in him,

1:10In the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish all things in Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in him.

1:11In whom we also are called by lot, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things according to the counsel of his will.

1:12That we may be unto the praise of his glory: we who before hoped in Christ:

1:13In whom you also, after you had heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation), in whom also believing, you were signed with the holy Spirit of promise.

1:14Who is the pledge of our inheritance, unto the redemption of acquisition, unto the praise of his glory.

1:15Wherefore, I also, hearing of your faith that is in the Lord Jesus and of your love towards all the saints,

1:16Cease not to give thanks for you, making commemoration of you in my prayers,

1:17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation, in the knowledge of him:

1:18The eyes of your heart enlightened that you may know what the hope is of his calling and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.

1:19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power towards us, who believe according to the operation of the might of his power,

1:20Which he wrought in Christ, raising him up from the dead and setting him on his right hand in the heavenly places.

1:21Above all principality and power and virtue and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.

1:22And he hath subjected all things under his feet and hath made him head over all the church,

1:23Which is his body and the fulness of him who is filled all in all.

2:1¤ And you, when you were dead in your offences and sins,

2:2Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of this air, of the spirit that now worketh on the children of unbelief:

2:3In which also we all conversed in time past, in the desires of our flesh, fulfilling the will of the flesh and of our thoughts, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest:

2:4But God (who is rich in mercy) for his exceeding charity wherewith he loved us

2:5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together in Christ (by whose grace you are saved)

2:6And hath raised us up together and hath made us sit together in the heavenly places, through Christ Jesus.

2:7That he might shew in the ages to come the abundant riches of his grace, in his bounty towards us in Christ Jesus.

2:8For by grace you are saved through faith: and that not of yourselves, for it is the gift of God.

2:9Not of works, that no man may glory.

2:10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus in good works, which God hath prepared that we should walk in them.

2:11For which cause be mindful that you, being heretofore gentiles in the flesh, who are called uncircumcision by that which is called circumcision in the flesh, made by hands:

2:12That you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the conversation of Israel and strangers to the testament, having no hope of the promise and without God in this world.

2:13But now in Christ Jesus, you, who some time were afar off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

2:14For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and breaking down the middle wall of partition, the enmities in his flesh:

2:15Making void the law of commandments contained in decrees: that he might make the two in himself into one new man, making peace

2:16And might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, killing the enmities in himself.

2:17And coming, he preached peace to you that were afar off: and peace to them that were nigh.

2:18For by him we have access both in one Spirit to the Father.

2:19Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners: but you are fellow citizens with the saints and the domestics of God,

2:20Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone:

2:21In whom all the building, being framed together, groweth up into an holy temple in the Lord.

2:22In whom you also are built together into an habitation of God in the Spirit.

3:1¤ For this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ, for you Gentiles:

3:2If yet you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me towards you:

3:3How that, according to revelation, the mystery has been made known to me, as I have written above in a few words:

3:4As you reading, may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ,

3:5Which in other generations was not known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit:

3:6That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs and of the same body: and copartners of his promise in Christ Jesus, by the gospel

3:7Of which I am made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, which is given to me according to the operation of his power.

3:8To me, the least of all the saints, is given this grace, to preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ:

3:9And to enlighten all men, that they may see what is the dispensation of the mystery which hath been hidden from eternity in God who created all things:

3:10That the manifold wisdom of God may be made known to the principalities and powers in heavenly places through the church,

3:11According to the eternal purpose which he made in Christ Jesus our Lord:

3:12In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

3:13Wherefore I pray you not to faint at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

3:14For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

3:15Of whom all paternity in heaven and earth is named:

3:16That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened by his Spirit with might unto the inward man:

3:17That Christ may dwell by faith in your hearts: that, being rooted and founded in charity,

3:18You may be able to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

3:19To know also the charity of Christ, which surpasseth all knowledge: that you may be filled unto all the fulness of God.

3:20Now to him who is able to do all things more abundantly than we desire or understand, according to the power that worketh in us:

3:21To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus, unto all generations, world without end. Amen.



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