Modern Literal Version
3:1 Because of this, I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you* Gentiles, 3:2 if actually you*have heard of the stewardship of the grace of God which was given to me *for you*;3:3 that he made known the mystery to me according to revelation, just-as I wrote before in fewwords, 3:4 to which, you* are able, by reading it, to perceive my understanding in the mystery of the Christ; 3:5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations, as it now was revealed to his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit. 3:6The mystery is that the Gentiles are to be joint heirs and a joint body and joint partakers of his promise in the Christ through the good-news, 3:7 of which I became a servant, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power. 3:8 This grace was given to me the least of all the holy-ones, to proclaim the good-news of the untraceable riches of Christ among the Gentiles; 3:9 and to enlighten all with what the stewardship of the mystery is, of which has been hidden from the ages, in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; 3:10 in order that now the multifaceted wisdom of God might be made known to the principalities and the authorities in the heavenlyplaces through the congregation*of believers.3:11This was according to the purpose of the ages, which he made* in Christ Jesus our Lord; 3:12 in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through his faith. 3:13 Hence I am asking you* not to be depressed at my afflictions on your*behalf, which are your* glory.
3:14 Because of this, I am bowing my knees to the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 3:15 from whom every family in the heavens and upon the earth is named, 3:16 in order that he may give to you*, according to the riches of his glory, to be powerful with his power, through his Spirit in the inward man; 3:17for the Christ to dwell in your* hearts through the faith, 3:18 having been rooted and having been founded in love*, in order that you may have strength to grab, together with all the holy-ones, of what is the width and length and depth and height, 3:19 and to know the love* of the Christ which surpasses knowledge, in order that you* may be filled to all the fullness of God.
3:20 Now to the one who is able to do*, exceptionally beyond all things, what we are asking or are perceiving, according to the power which is working in us, 3:21 the glory is to him in the congregation* in Christ Jesus to all generations forevermore. Amen.
Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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