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Ephesians 1:1-23

1*  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through God’s will, to God’s people at Ephesus, believers in Christ Jesus: 2  grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly sphere in Christ, 4  as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and unblemished before him, 5  foreordaining us in love to adoption through Jesus Christ into himself according to the pleasure of his will, 6  to the praise of the glory of his grace with which he graced us in the Loved One! 7  in whom we have redemption through his blood, the pardon of offenses as befits the wealth of his grace 8  which he has made to superabound toward us, 9  making known to us in all good sense and wisdom the secret of his will as was his pleasure which he planned to realize in him 10*  for the arrangement of all that fills time, to sum up everything in the Christ, what is in the heavens and what is on earth;— 11*  In him in whom we received our allotment too, foreordained to it in accordance with the purpose of him who works in everything according to the planning of his will, 12  that we should be for the praise of his glory, we who had set our anticipatory hope on the Christ; 13  in whom you too, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation,—in whom having believed too, you were sealed with the holy Spirit of the promise, 14  which is the first installment of our inheritance, for redemption for preservation, to the praise of his glory. 15*  Because of this I on my part, hearing of what there is among you of faith in the Lord Jesus and love toward all God’s people, 16  never cease to give thanks for you as I make mention of you in my prayers, 17  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in awareness of him, 18  your heart’s eyes lighted up so that you shall know what is the hope of his call, what the wealth of glory of his inheritance among his people, 19  and what the supreme greatness of his power toward us believers, the like of that exertion of the mightiness of his strength 20  which he has put forth in the case of the Christ, raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavenly sphere, 21  up above every government and dominion and power and lordship and every name that is named not only in this world but also in the world to come; 22  and he subjected everything under his feet and gave him as head over everything to the church, 23*  which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in everything.

Footnotes

1:1 Lit. God’s people at Ephesus and believers The most reliable ancient copies read God’s people who are also believers or God’s people who are (blank left for name of place) and believers
1:10 Lit. all that fills the times (not one time but different successive points of time)
1:11 Lit. foreordained (we, not the allotment) in accordance
1:15 The most reliable ancient copies omit the word love
1:23 Or in everybody