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Ephesians 5:1-33

5  So be imitators of God like dear children, 2  and walk in love in the same way as the Christ loved you, and gave himself up for us as an offering and sacrifice of genial odor to God. 3  But let unchastity and any sort of uncleanness or grasping greed not be even named among you, as befits people of God’s; 4  and obscenity and foolery or ribaldry, which are not proper things; but rather, proper thankfulness. 5**  For know this well, that any unchaste or unclean person or greedy grasper, which is the same as to say idolater, does not have an inheritance coming to him in the reign of Christ and God. 6  Let nobody deceive you with empty words; for it is on account of these things that God’s anger comes upon the sons of disobedience, 7  so do not be sharers in them. 8  For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9  (for the fruit of the light is in every goodness and righteousness and truth), 10*  studying what is pleasing to the Lord; 11*  and do not be a party to the unfruitful doings of the darkness—rather even expose their character. 12  For it is ugly even to mention the things that are done in hiding by them; 13  but everything when it has its character exposed comes into view by the light; for everything that comes into view is light; 14  which is why it says “Wake, you sleeper, and rise from the dead, and the Christ shall beam upon you.” 15  So look to it carefully how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16  making the best you can of the crisis, because the days are wicked. 17  For this reason do not be silly, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18*  And do not get stimulated with wine, which carries dissipation with it, but be filled by the Spirit, 19  talking together in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making music in your hearts to the Lord, 20*  giving thanks always for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father, 21  submissive to each other in the fear of Christ; 22  wives to their husbands as they are to the Lord, 23  because a husband is the wife’s head the same as the Christ is the church’s. He is the savior of the body; 24  but as the church is submissive to the Christ, so let the wives also be to their husbands, in everything. 25  Husbands, love your wives, as the Christ in his case loved the church, and gave himself up for it 26  in order to hallow it, cleansing it by the bath of water with a word, 27  so that he might himself present the church to himself a glorious creature without a spot or a wrinkle or anything of the sort, but holy and flawless; 28  so ought husbands too to love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife is loving himself; 29  for nobody ever hated his own flesh, but one feeds it up and keeps it warm, just as the Christ does with the church 30  because we are organs of his body. 31  “Owing to this a man will leave father and mother and enter into a connection with his wife, and the two will become one flesh”; 32  this secret truth is a great one. I am saying it with reference to Christ and the church; 33  let each of you individually too, though, love his wife just as he does himself. And the wife should fear her husband.

Footnotes

5:5 Or For you know this well, that Or For you know better (lit. you know this), being aware that
5:5 Lit. which is idolater
5:10 Lit. investigating
5:11 Lit. but rather even
5:18 Lit. in which there is dissipation
5:20 Lit. to the God and Father