To The Ephesians
Paul an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God to the saints who are in Ephesus and faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the one who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ, 4 as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unblemished before him, in love predestinating us to the adoption of sons to himself through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, with which he favored us in the one who he loved, 7 in whom we have the redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he made to abound to us in all wisdom and intelligence 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in himself for a stewardship of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth; in him, 11 in whom we were also chosen as his inheritors to be predestinated according to the purpose of the one who operates all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 that we who have previously hoped in Christ should be to the praise of his glory; 13 in whom you also, hearing the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom upon believing you were also sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is an earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the possession, to the praise of his glory.
15 Therefore I also, hearing the faith in the Lord Jesus among you and your love to all the saints, 16 do not cease giving thanks on your behalf when I make mention of you in my prayers, 17 in order that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in a full knowledge of him, 18 having been enlightened in your heart, that you should know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the excelling greatness of his power toward us who believe according to the operation of the might of his strength, 20 which he has operated in Christ by raising him from the dead, and seating him at the right hand of him in the heavenlies 21 far above all the rule and authority and power and lordship and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come; 22 and subjected all things under his feet, and gave him headship over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things.
And you were dead in your trespasses and in your sins, 2 in which you then walked according to the age of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, of the spirit who now operates in the sons of disobedience; 3 among whom we also conducted ourselves then in the lusts of our flesh and of our own understandings, and were by nature children of wrath like the rest; 4 but God who was rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, 5 quickened us with Christ even when we were dead in trespasses, (you have been saved by grace), 6 and raised us with Christ and seated us with Christ in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus, in order that he might show forth in the ages to come the excelling riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For you have been saved by grace through faith; and this is not of you, it is the gift of God; 9 nor of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are his product, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God prepared previously in order that we might walk in them. 11 Wherefore remember that when you were the nations in the flesh, the ones who were called uncircumcision by those who were called circumcision in the flesh made by hand, 12 that you were without Christ at that time, having been alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, not having hope and godless in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who were afar became near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, the one who has made both one and who has broken the middle wall of partition, the enmity, in his flesh 15 having abolished the law of the commandments in decrees, in order that in himself he might create the two into one new man, making peace, 16 and he might in one body reconcile both to God through the cross, killing the enmity in himself; 17 and who came and preached peace to you who were afar and peace to the ones who were near; 18 because through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 29 Therefore then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow-citizens with the saints and members of the family of God, 20 who have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom all the building being fitted together grows into a holy shrine in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together in spirit into a dwelling-place of God.
By reason of this I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you the nations 2 - if indeed you heard the stewardship of the grace of God given to me for you, 3 that by way of revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I previously wrote in brief, 4 as to which you can read to realize my understanding in the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men as it was revealed now by the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets, 6 for the nations to be joint-heirs and a joint-body and joint-sharers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me according to the operation of his power. 8 This grace was given to me the least of all the saints, to preach to the nations the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light what is the stewardship of the mystery that has been hidden from the ages in God who created all things, 10 in order that the manifold wisdom of God might be made known now to the rulers and to the authorities in the heavenlies through the church, 11 according to the eternal purpose which he made in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through faith in him. 13 Wherefore I ask you not to faint in my afflictions on your behalf, which is your glory. 14 By reason of this I bend my knees unto the Father, 15 of whom every fatherhood in heaven and on earth is named, 16 in order that he may by power give you according to the riches of his glory to become mighty in the inward man through his Spirit, 17 that Christ may dwell in your inward hearts through faith, having been rooted and founded in love, 18 in order that you may have strength to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to all the fullness of God.
20 Now to the one who is able to do super-abundantly beyond all things which we ask or we think according to the power that operates in us, 21 to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever: Amen.
Therefore, I the prisoner of the Lord beseech you to walk worthily of the calling of which you were called, 2 with all humility and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love, 3 being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace; there is one body and one spirit, 4 as you were also called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, the one over all and through all and in all. 7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he says, “He ascended to the height leading captivity captive and he gave gifts to men.” 9 Now what does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended into the lower parts of the Earth? 10 The one who descended is himself also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, in order that he might fill all things. 11 And he gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some shepherds and teachers, 12 for the perfecting of the saints to the work of ministry, to building of the body of Christ, 13 until we all arrive at the unity of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, at a complete man, at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 in order that we may be no longer infants, being blown and carried round by every wind of teaching in the sleight of men, in cleverness unto the craftiness of error, 15 but speaking truth in love we may grow in all respects into him, who is the head, Christ, 16 of whom all the body being fitted together and brought together through the supply of every band according to the operation in measure of every part that makes the growth of the body for building itself up in love.
17 Therefore I say this and witness in the Lord, for you to no longer walk as the nations walk in vanity of their minds, 18 who have been darkened in their intellect, who have been alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance that is in them, on account of the hardness of their heart, 19 who, having ceased to care, gave themselves up greedily to lewdness for work of all uncleanness. 20 But you did not learn Christ so, 21 if indeed you heard him and were taught by him as truth is in Jesus, 22 that you put off as regards your former conduct the old man that is corrupted according to deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind 24 and put on the new man created according to God in righteousness and holiness of truth.
25 Wherefore, putting off lying speak truth each man with his neighbor, because we are members of one another. 26 Be wrathful and do not sin; do not let the sun set on your provocation, 27 nor give place to the devil. 28 Let the one who steals steal no more, but rather let him labor, working the good thing with his own hands, in order that he may have to share with the one who has need. 29 Do no let any corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but only that which is good for improvement of the need, in order that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for a day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and anger and wrath and clamor and blasphemy be removed from you along with all evil. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving yourselves as God also forgave you in Christ.
Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2 and walk in love, as Christ also loved you and gave himself up on our behalf as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. 3 But do not let fornication and all uncleanness or greediness be named among you, as is fitting for the saints, 4 nor baseness and foolish talking or railing, which things are not becoming, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For be knowing this, that every fornicator or unclean or greedy man, who is an idolater, does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with empty words; for because of these things the wrath of God is coming on the disobedient soul. 7 Therefore, do not be partakers of them; 8 for you were darkness then, but light in the Lord now; walk as children of light, 9 (for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth,) 10 proving what is well-pleasing to the Lord, 11 and do not have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them, 12 for it is shameful to even speak of the hidden things being done by them; 13 but all things that are reproved are manifested by the light; 14 for everything is manifested by light. Wherefore he says, “Rise, sleeper, and stand up out of the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Therefore, watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is wantonness, but be filled by the Spirit, 19 speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and psalming with your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks for all things to God and our Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 being subject to one another in the fear of Christ. 22 The wives to their own husbands as to the Lord, 23 because a man is head of his woman as Christ is also head of the church, himself Savior of the body. 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives must be to their husbands in everything. 25 You husbands, love your wives, as also Christ loved the church and gave himself up on its behalf, 26 in order that he might sanctify and cleanse it by the washing of the water by the word, 27 in order that he might present the church glorious to himself, not having spot nor wrinkle nor any of such things, but that it might be holy and unblemished. 28 So the husbands ought also to love their wives as their own bodies. The one who loves his wife loves himself; 29 for no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as also Christ the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 For this a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and the two shall be for one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak as to Christ and as to the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you so love his own wife as himself, and each wife that she fears her husband.
You children, obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right. 2 Honor your father and your mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, 3 in order that it may be well with you and you may be long-lived on the earth. 4 And you fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but nurture them in the discipline and admonition of the Lord. 5 You slaves, obey your lords according to the flesh with fear and trembling in singleness of your heart as to Christ, 6 not by way of eye-service as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the soul, 7 serving as slaves with goodwill as to the Lord and not to men, 8 knowing that each man, whatever good thing he does, this he will get from the Lord, whether a slave or a freeman. 9 And you lords, do the same things toward them, forbearing threatening, knowing that your Lord and theirs is in heaven, and respect of persons is not with him.
10 Finally, be empowered in the Lord and in the might of his strength. 11 Put on the whole armor of God so that you are able to stand against the craftinesses of the devil; 12 because our conflict is not against blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the rulers of this dark world, against the spiritual hosts of evil in the heavenlies. 13 Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, in order that you may be able to resist in the evil day and having wrought all things to stand. 14 Stand therefore, girding round your loins with truth, and putting on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and shoeing your feet with the readiness of the gospel of peace, 16 in all, taking up the shield of faith, by which you will be able to quench all the darts of the evil one that have been equipped with fire; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 by means of all prayer and petition, praying in the spirit at every time, and watching to it in all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints, 19 and on my behalf, in order that in the opening of my mouth speech may be given to me, in boldness to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 on behalf of which I am an ambassador in a chain, in order that in it I may speak boldly as I should speak.
21 Now in order that you may also know the things about me, what I am doing, all things will be made known to you by Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, 22 whom I sent to you for this very thing, in order that you may know the things concerning us and may comfort your hearts.
23 Peace and love and faith to the brothers from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in incorruptibility.