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Ephesians 2:1-22

2  And you, when you were dead by offenses and by your sins 2  in which you once took your way to suit the times of this world, as suits the ruler of the dominion of air, of the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience; 3***  among whom we too, all of us, once lived our life in the desires of our flesh, doing the things willed by the flesh and the mind, and were by nature objects of anger the same as the rest. 4  But God, being rich in pity, because of his great love with which he loved us 5*  brought us to life together with the Christ when we were dead by offenses—it is by grace you are saved— 6  and raised us together with him and seated us together with him in the heavenly sphere, in Christ Jesus, 7  in order that in the ages that are coming on he might show the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8  For it is by grace you are saved through faith; and not out of yourselves either—God’s is the gift; 9  not on a basis of deeds, lest somebody should boast. 10*  For we are his making, created in Christ Jesus with a view to good deeds which God made ready beforehand so that we might occupy ourselves in them. 11  For which reason be mindful that once upon a time you, the foreigners in flesh, you who are called “uncircumcision” by the so-called “circumcision,” artificial, in flesh,— 12*  that at that time, away from Christ, you were cut off by unrelation from citizenship in Israel and were strangers to the covenants of the promise, hopeless and godless in the world; 13  but now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have by the Christ’s blood come to be nearby. 14  For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke away the fencing-off party-wall, 15*  the enmity, in his flesh, superseding the law of commandments in decree form in order to create the two in himself into one new man, making peace, 16  and to reconcile both to God in one body through the cross, killing the enmity on it; 17*  and he came bringing good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were nearby, 18  because through him we both of us have our presentation to the Father in one Spirit. 19  So then you are not strangers in an immigrant status any longer, but you are fellow-citizens of God’s people and members of God’s family, 20  built in on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, the cornerstone being Christ Jesus himself, 21*  in whom all the work of the building is being so fitted that it grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22  in whom you too are being built together in the Spirit into a home of God.


2:3 Or in which things we too
2:3 Lit. and the minds
2:3 Lit. children of anger
2:5-6 Var. together in the Christ . . . raised us together and seated us together in the
2:10 Lit. might walk in them
2:12 Lit. alienized from citizenship
2:15 Lit. in decrees
2:17 Lit. coming he brought
2:21 Lit. getting fitted together in whom all (or every) construction is growing