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Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children,

and 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.

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

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

For 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.

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

Be not ye therefore fellow-partakers with them;

for ye were once darkness, but now light in [the] Lord; walk as children of light,

(for the fruit of the light [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth,)

10 proving what is agreeable to the Lord;

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

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

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

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

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

16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

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

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

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

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

21 submitting yourselves to one another in [the] fear of Christ.

22 Wives, [submit yourselves] to your own husbands, as to the Lord,

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

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

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

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

27 that *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.

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

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

30 for we are members of his body; [we are of his flesh, and of his bones.]

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

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

33 But *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.

Follow God’s example,(A) therefore, as dearly loved children(B) and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us(C) and gave himself up for us(D) as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.(E)

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality,(F) or of any kind of impurity, or of greed,(G) because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk(H) or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.(I) For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater(J)—has any inheritance(K) in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a](L) Let no one deceive you(M) with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath(N) comes on those who are disobedient.(O) Therefore do not be partners with them.

For you were once(P) darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light(Q) (for the fruit(R) of the light consists in all goodness,(S) righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.(T) 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness,(U) but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light(V) becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,(W)
    rise from the dead,(X)
    and Christ will shine on you.”(Y)

15 Be very careful, then, how you live(Z)—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity,(AA) because the days are evil.(AB) 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.(AC) 18 Do not get drunk on wine,(AD) which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,(AE) 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.(AF) Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks(AG) to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Instructions for Christian Households(AH)

21 Submit to one another(AI) out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands(AJ) as you do to the Lord.(AK) 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church,(AL) his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands(AM) in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives,(AN) just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her(AO) 26 to make her holy,(AP) cleansing[b] her by the washing(AQ) with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself(AR) as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.(AS) 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives(AT) as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body.(AU) 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[c](AV) 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife(AW) as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 5:5 Or kingdom of the Messiah and God
  2. Ephesians 5:26 Or having cleansed
  3. Ephesians 5:31 Gen. 2:24

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