Ephesians 5

Be Imitators of God

a Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and 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.

But i immorality
Lit and all
or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among
Or holy ones
and there must be no l filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which m are not fitting, but rather n giving of thanks. For 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.

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. Therefore do not be u partakers with them; for v you were formerly w darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as x children of Light (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;
12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible ah when they are
Or reproved
exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.
14 For this reason
Or He
it says, ak Awake, sleeper,
And arise from al the dead,
And Christ am will shine on you.”

15 Therefore
Lit look carefully
be careful how you ao walk, not ap as unwise men but as wise,
Lit redeeming the time
ar making the most of your time, because as the days are evil.
17 So then do not be foolish, but at understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And 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;
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. 23 For 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. 24 But 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, 27 that 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.
28 So husbands ought also to ca love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because 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. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless, 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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