Walk in Love1 a Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2And b walk in love c as Christ loved us and d gave himself up for us, a e fragrant f offering and sacrifice to God. 3But g sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness h must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4Let there be i no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking j which are out of place, but instead k let there be thanksgiving. 5For you may be sure of this, that l everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous ( m that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 n Let no one o deceive you with empty words, for because of these things p the wrath of God comes upon q the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore r do not become partners with them; 8for s at one time you were t darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. u Walk as children of light 9(for v the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10and w try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 x Take no part in the y unfruitful z works of darkness, but instead aa expose them. 12For ab it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13But when ac anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, ad “Awake, O sleeper,
and ae arise from the dead,
and af Christ will shine on you.”
15 ag Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 ah making the best use of the time, because ai the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what aj the will of the Lord is. 18And ak do not get drunk with wine, for that is al debauchery, but am be filled with the Spirit, 19addressing one another in an psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 ao giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father ap in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 aq submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives and Husbands22 ar Wives as submit to your own husbands at as to the Lord. 23For au the husband is the head of the wife even as av Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is aw himself its Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit ax in everything to their husbands. 25 ay Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and az gave himself up for her, 26that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by ba the washing of water bb with the word, 27so bc that he might present the church to himself in splendor, bd without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. ▼
▼Or holy and blameless28In the same way bf husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30because bg we are members of his body. 31 bh “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and bi the two shall become one flesh.” 32This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33However bj let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she bk respects her husband.
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