Unity of the Spirit1 Therefore I, a the prisoner of the Lord b implore you to c walk in a manner worthy of the d calling with which you have been e called, 2 with all f humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another g in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the h bond of peace. 4 There is i one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one j hope of your calling; 5 k one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all l who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But m to each one of us n grace was given o according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore ▼
▼ Or Heit says, q “When He ascended on high,
He r led captive a host of captives,
And He gave gifts to men.”
9 (Now this expression, “He s ascended,” what ▼
▼ Lit is it exceptdoes it mean except that He also ▼
▼ One early ms reads had first descendedhad descended into v the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended w far above all the heavens, so that He might x fill all things.) 11 And He y gave z some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as aa evangelists, and some as pastors and ab teachers, 12 ac for the equipping of the ▼
▼ Or holy onessaints for the work of service, to the building up of ae the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to af the unity of the faith, and of the ▼
▼ Or true knowledge, ah knowledge of the Son of God, to a ai mature man, to the measure of the stature ▼
▼ Lit of the fullnesswhich belongs to the ak fullness of Christ. 14 ▼
▼ Lit So that we will no longer beAs a result, we are am no longer to be children an tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by ao craftiness ▼
▼ Lit with regard to the scheming of deceitin aq deceitful scheming; 15 but ▼
▼ Or holding to or being truthful inspeaking the truth as in love, ▼
▼ Or let us grow upwe are to au grow up in all aspects into Him who is the av head, even Christ, 16 from whom aw the whole body, being fitted and held together ▼
▼ Lit through every joint of the supplyby what every joint supplies, according to the ▼
▼ Lit working in measureproper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself az in love.
The Christian’s Walk17 ba So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord bb that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the bc futility of their mind, 18 being bd darkened in their understanding ▼
▼ Or alienated, bf excluded from the life of God because of the bg ignorance that is in them, because of the bh hardness of their heart; 19 and they, having bi become callous, bj have given themselves over to bk sensuality ▼
▼ Or greedy for the practice of every kind of impurityfor the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20 But you did not bm learn ▼
▼ I.e. the MessiahChrist in this way, 21 if indeed you bo have heard Him and have bp been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you bq lay aside the br old ▼
▼ Lit manself, which is being corrupted in accordance with the bt lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be bu renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and bv put on the bw new ▼
▼ Lit manself, which ▼
▼ Lit according to God, bz in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. 25 Therefore ca laying aside falsehood cb speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are cc members of one another. 26 cd Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not ce give the devil ▼
▼ Lit a placean opportunity. 28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather cg he must labor ch performing with his own hands what is good ci so that he will have something to share with ▼
▼ Lit the oneone who has need. 29 Let no ▼
▼ Lit rotten, cl unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for cm edification ▼
▼ Lit of the needaccording to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30 co Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God ▼
▼ Lit inby whom you were cq sealed for the day of redemption. 31 cr Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be cs put away from you, along with all ct malice. 32 cu Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other cv just as God in Christ also has forgiven ▼
▼ Two early mss read usyou.
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