Ephesians 5

1 Therefore become imitators of God, as beloved children, 2 and walk 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.

3 But do not let fornication and all uncleanness or greed even be named among you*, as is suitable to holy, ones; 4 and do not let obscenity, and foolish, talk or petty jesting, which are not proper, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For* this you* 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. 6 Let no one deceive you* with empty words; for* because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not become joint partakers with them. 8 For* you* were previously in darkness, but now you * are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for* the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 testing what is well pleasing to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship together with the unfruitful works of darkness, but also rather reprove them; 12 for* it is shameful even to speak of the things happening by them covertly. 13 But being reproved, all things are manifested by the light; for* everything which is manifested is light. 14 Hence he says, Arise, you who are sleeping and rise* up from the dead and the Christ will appear upon you. {Isa 60: 1? Maybe an early hymn? }

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

22 The wives be subject to your, your* own husbands, as to the Lord. 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. 24 But just, like the congregation* is subject to the Christ, so let the wives also be subject to their own husbands in all things.

25 The husbands, love* your, your* * own wives, just, as the Christ also loved* the congregation* and gave himself up on her behalf; 26 in order that he might make her holy, having cleansed her in the full, washing of the water in the word, 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. 28 So the husbands also ought to 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 is nourishing and cherishing it, just, as the Lord also does the congregation* of believers; 30 because we are members of his body, out of his flesh and out of his bones. 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. 32 This mystery is great, but I am speaking in regard to Christ and in regard to the congregation* of believers. 33 However to you* also, let each, one to one, love* his own wife like himself, and let the wife see that* she should fear her husband.



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