3 On this account I, Paul, Christ Jesus’s man in prison for you foreigners— 2 if you heard of the bestowal of that grace of God’s which was given me for you: 3 it was by way of revelation that the secret was made known to me, as I wrote in brief above, 4 by which as you read you can sense my insight into the secret of the Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men as it has now been spiritually revealed to his holy apostles and prophets, 6 the nations’ being co-heirs and concorporate and co-sharers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7 of which I became an agent in consequence of the gift of that grace of God’s which was given me in accordance with the working of his power. 8 * I, the least fit of all God’s people, was given this grace, to bring the nations the gospel of the Christ’s unfathomable richness 9 * and to bring into the light what is the system followed with the secret that has from eternity been hidden in God, who created everything, 10 in order that God’s many-sided wisdom might now through the church be made known to the governments and dominions in the heavenly sphere 11 in accordance with the eternal purpose he framed in the Christ our Lord Jesus, 12 in whom we have boldness and the privilege of entering with assurance through faith in him; 13 * for which reason I ask you not to give in at my distresses for you, which are your glory. 14 On this account I bend my knees to the Father 15 from whom every father’s family in heaven and on earth takes its name 16 that he may grant to you, in accordance with the richness of his glory, to be strengthened in the inward man with power through his Spirit; 17 * to have Christ fix his home in your hearts through faith; with your roots and foundations set fast in love, 18 that you may be enabled to perceive with all God’s people what is the breadth and length and height and depth 19 * and to know the Christ’s unknowable love, that you may be filled to all God’s fullness. 20 And to him who can do more than everything beyond the utmost limit of what we ask for or conceive of, in accordance with the power that is at work in us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all the generations of endless time; amen.
^ 3:8 Lit. the very least of (apparently meaning that of all God’s people he was in the least degree one of Gods people)
^ 3:9 Var. bring into the light for everybody what
^ 3:13 Or ask that I may not give in
^ 3:17 Lit. rooted and foundationed in love
^ 3:19 Lit. knowledge-transcending love