Ephesians 4

Unity of the Spirit

1Therefore 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, 2with all f  humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another g  in love, 3being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the h  bond of peace. 4There 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, 6one God and Father of all l  who is over all and through all and in all.

7But m  to each one of us n  grace was given o  according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8Therefore
Or He
it 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 except
does it mean except that He also
One early ms reads had first descended
had descended into v  the lower parts of the earth?
10He who descended is Himself also He who ascended w  far above all the heavens, so that He might x  fill all things.) 11And 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 ones
saints for the work of service, to the building up of ae  the body of Christ;
13until 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 fullness
which belongs to the ak  fullness of Christ.
14
Lit So that we will no longer be
As 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 deceit
in aq  deceitful scheming;
15but
Or holding to or being truthful in
speaking the truth as  in love,
Or let us grow up
we are to au  grow up in all aspects into Him who is the av  head, even Christ,
16from whom aw  the whole body, being fitted and held together
Lit through every joint of the supply
by what every joint supplies, according to the
Lit working in measure
proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself az  in love.

The Christian’s Walk

17 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, 18being 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;
19and they, having bi  become callous, bj  have given themselves over to bk  sensuality
Or greedy for the practice of every kind of impurity
for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
20But you did not bm  learn
I.e. the Messiah
Christ in this way,
21if indeed you bo  have heard Him and have bp  been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22that, in reference to your former manner of life, you bq  lay aside the br  old
Lit man
self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the bt  lusts of deceit,
23and that you be bu  renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24and bv  put on the bw  new
Lit man
self, which
Lit according to God
,
bz  in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

25Therefore 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, 27and do not ce  give the devil
Lit a place
an opportunity.
28He 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 one
one who has need.
29Let no
Lit rotten
,
cl  unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for cm  edification
Lit of the need
according 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 in
by 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 us
you.
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