Modern Literal Version
[Ephesians 4]

     4:1 Therefore, I, the prisoner in the Lord, am encouraging youĎ to walk worthily of the calling in which youĎ were called, 4:2 with all humility and meekness, with patience tolerating one another in love*. 4:3 Be diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4:4There isone body and one Spirit, just-as youĎ were also called in one hope of yourĎ calling; 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one immersion*, 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in us all.

     4:7 Now the grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of the gift of the Christ.4:8 Hence he says, 'When* he ascended onto high, he captured captivity and gave presents to men.'{Psa 68:18}4:9 Now this saying, He ascended, (what is it saying?) except that he also came down into the downward parts of the earth first? 4:10 He who came down is also the same as he who ascended up above all the heavens, in order that he might fill all things.

     4:11 And he gave some to be: the apostles, and the prophets, and the evangelists, and the shepherds and teachers 4:12*for the equipping of the holy-ones, *for the work of the service, *forthe building up of the body of the Christ, 4:13 till we all might achieve to the unity of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ, 4:14 in order that we may no longer be infants, bobbing on the waves and being carried around in every wind of teaching, in the trickery of men, in craftiness, toward the schemes of error. 4:15 But telling the truth in love*, that we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, the Christ; 4:16 from whom all the body is fitly framed and knitted together, through every supplying joint, according to the working in measure of each part, which is making* the growth of the body to the building up of itself in love*.

     4:17 Therefore I am saying and testifying this in the Lord: youĎare to walk no longer as the restof the Gentiles are also walking, in the futility of their mind, 4:18 having been darkened in theirmind, having been alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance which is in them, because of the hardening of their heart, 4:19 who are apathetic, gave themselves up to unbridled-lusts, *for the working of all uncleanness in greed.

     4:20 But youĎ did not so learn the Christ; 4:21 if youĎ actually heard him and were taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus; 4:22 to place away from yourselves the old man, according to yourĎ former conduct, the one who is corrupted according to the lusts of deception; 4:23 and to be young again in the spirit of yourĎ mind, 4:24 and to have clothed yourselves* with the new man, who was created according to God, in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

     4:25 Hence, placing all the lying away from yourselves, speakĎ, each onethe truth with his neighbor, because we are members of one another. 4:26 'BeĎ angry and doĎ not sin.' {Psa 4:4} Do not let the sun set upon yourĎ anger, 4:27 nor giveĎ a chance to the devil. 4:28 Let the one who steals, steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working atwhat is the good thing with his hands, in order that he may have something to give to the one who has need. 4:29 Do not let any rotten speech travel from yourĎ mouth. But if something is good for the building up of a need, do this in order that it may give a favor to those who are hearing. 4:30 And doĎ not make the Holy Spirit of God sorrowful, in whom youĎ were sealed to the day of redemption. 4:31 Let all bitterness and fury and anger and outcrying and blasphemy, together with all malice, be taken away from youĎ;4:32 and becomeĎ kind to one another, affectionate, forgiving*others in yourselves, just-as God also forgave* us in Christ.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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