Modern Literal Version
[Ephesians 5]

     5:1 Therefore becomeĎ imitators of God, as beloved children, 5:2 and walkĎ in love*, just-as the Christ also loved* us and gave himself up on our behalf as an offering and a sacrifice to God *for an aroma of a sweet-fragrance.

     5:3 But do not let fornication and all uncleanness or greed even be named among youĎ, as is suitable to holy-ones; 5:4 and do not let obscenity, and foolish-talk or petty jesting, which are not proper, but rather thanksgiving. 5:5 For* this youĎ know, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor greedy person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of the Christ and God.5:6 Let no one deceive youĎ with empty words; for* because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. 5:7 Therefore doĎ not become joint partakers with them. 5:8For* youĎ were previously in darkness, but now youĎ are light in the Lord. WalkĎ as children of light 5:9 (for* the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 5:10 testing what is well pleasing to the Lord. 5:11 And haveĎ no fellowship together with the unfruitful works of darkness, but also rather reproveĎ them; 5:12 for* it is shameful even to speak of the things happening by them covertly. 5:13 But being reproved, all things are manifested by the light; for*everything which is manifested is light. 5:14 Hence he says, Arise, you who are sleeping and rise*up from the dead and the Christ will appear upon you.

     5:15 Therefore bewareĎ, how accurately youĎ are walking, not as unwise, but as wise; 5:16 buying up the time, because the days are evil. 5:17 Because of this, doĎ not become foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 5:18 And doĎ not be drunken with wine, in which there is riotousness, but beĎ filled in the Spirit; 5:19 speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and singing-praise in yourĎ heart to the Lord; 5:20 giving-thanks always on behalf of all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God and Father; 5:21 being subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

     5:22 The wives beĎ subject to yourĎ own husbands, as to the Lord. 5:23 Because the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is also the head of the congregation*of believers, he is the savior of the body. 5:24 But just-like the congregation* is subject to the Christ, so let the wives also besubject to their own husbands in all things.

     5:25 The husbands, love yourĎ own wives, just-as the Christ also loved* the congregation* and gave himself up on her behalf; 5:26 in order that he might make her holy, having cleansed her in the full-washing of the water in the word, 5:27 in order that he might present her to himself, the glorious congregation*, not having stain or wrinkle or any such things, but in order that she should be holy and unblemished. 5:28 So the husbands also ought to love* their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves* his own wife loves* himself. 5:29 For* no one ever hated his own flesh, but is nourishing and cherishing it, just-as the Lord also does the congregation*of believers; 5:30because we are members of his body, out of his flesh and out of his bones. 5:31 Because of this, a man will be leaving his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. {Gen 2:24}5:32 This mystery is great, but I am speaking in regard to Christ and in regard to the congregation*of believers. 5:33 However to youĎ also, let each, one to one, love* his own wife like himself, and let the wife see that* she should fear {i.e. respect} her husband.

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