Ephesians 5

Be Imitators of God

1 a  Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2and b  walk in love, just as Christ also c  loved
One early ms reads us
you and e  gave Himself up for us, an f  offering and a sacrifice to God
Lit for an odor of fragrance
as a h  fragrant aroma.

3But i  immorality
Lit and all
or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among
Or holy ones
saints;
4and there must be no l  filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which m  are not fitting, but rather n  giving of thanks. 5For this you know with certainty, that o  no
I.e. one who commits sexual immorality
immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom q  of Christ and God.

6 r  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things s  the wrath of God comes upon t  the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore do not be u  partakers with them; 8for v  you were formerly w  darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as x  children of Light 9(for y  the fruit of the Light consists in all z  goodness and righteousness and truth), 10
Lit proving what
,
ab  trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
11 ac  Do not participate in the unfruitful ad  deeds of ae  darkness, but instead even
Or reprove
,
ag  expose them;
12for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13But all things become visible ah  when they are
Or reproved
exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.
14For this reason
Or He
it says, ak  Awake, sleeper,
And arise from al  the dead,
And Christ am  will shine on you.”

15Therefore
Lit look carefully
be careful how you ao  walk, not ap  as unwise men but as wise,
16
Lit redeeming the time
,
ar  making the most of your time, because as  the days are evil.
17So then do not be foolish, but at  understand what the will of the Lord is. 18And au  do not get drunk with wine,
Lit in which is
for that is aw  dissipation, but be ax  filled with the Spirit,
19 ay  speaking to
Or yourselves
one another in ba  psalms and bb  hymns and spiritual bc  songs bd  singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;
20 be  always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to
Lit the God and Father
,
bg  God, even the Father;
21
Lit being subject
,
bi  and be subject to one another in the
Or reverence
,
bk  fear of Christ.

Marriage Like Christ and the Church

22 bl  Wives bm  be subject to your own husbands bn  as to the Lord. 23For bo  the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the bp  head of the church, He Himself bq  being the Savior of the body. 24But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

25 br  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and bs  gave Himself up for her, 26 bt  so that He might sanctify her, having bu  cleansed her by the bv  washing of water with bw  the word, 27that He might bx  present to Himself the church
Lit glorious
in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be bz  holy and blameless.
28So husbands ought also to ca  love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30because we are cb  members of His cc  body. 31 cd  For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 32This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to ce  love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she
Lit fear
,
cg  respects her husband.
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