Ephesians 3

Paul’s Stewardship

1For this reason I, Paul a  the prisoner of b  Christ Jesus c  for the sake of you d  Gentiles 2if indeed you have heard of the e  stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you; 3 f  that g  by revelation there was h  made known to me i  the mystery j  as I wrote before in brief. 4
Lit To which, when you read
By referring to this, when you read you can understand l  my insight
Lit in
into the n  mystery of Christ,
5which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy o  apostles and prophets
Or by
in the Spirit;
6to be specific, that the Gentiles are q  fellow heirs and r  fellow members of the body, and s  fellow partakers of the promise in t  Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7 u  of which I was made a v  minister, according to the gift of w  God’s grace which was given to me x  according to the working of His power. 8To me, y  the very least of all
Or holy ones
saints, this grace was given, to aa  preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable ab  riches of Christ,
9and to
Two early mss read make all know
bring to light what is the administration of the ad  mystery which for ages has been ae  hidden in God af  who created all things;
10so that the manifold ag  wisdom of God might now be ah  made known through the church to the ai  rulers and the authorities in aj  the heavenly places. 11This was in ak  accordance with the
Lit purpose of the ages
eternal purpose which He
Or formed
carried out in an  Christ Jesus our Lord,
12in whom we have boldness and
Lit access in confidence
ap  confident aq  access through faith
Lit of Him
in Him.
13Therefore I ask
Or that I may not lose
you not at  to lose heart at my tribulations au  on your behalf
Lit which are
for they are your glory.

14For this reason I aw  bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom
Or the whole
every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,
16that He would grant you, according to ay  the riches of His glory, to be az  strengthened with power through His Spirit in ba  the inner man, 17so that bb  Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being bc  rooted and bd  grounded in love, 18may be able to comprehend with be  all the
V 8, note 1
saints what is bg  the breadth and length and height and depth,
19and to know bh  the love of Christ which bi  surpasses knowledge, that you may be bj  filled up to all the bk  fullness of God.

20 bl  Now to Him who is bm  able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think bn  according to the power that works within us, 21 bo  to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations
Lit of the age of the ages
forever and ever. Amen.
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