The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the
-- Literal Translation of the Holy Bible - Copyright © 1976 - 2000 --
1 ¶ Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, to the saints being in Ephesus and faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 ¶ Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies with Christ,
4 even as He elected us in Him before the foundation of the world, for us to be holy and without blemish before Him in love,
5 predestinating us to adoption through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
6 to the praise of the glory of His grace in which He favored us in the One having been loved,
7 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the remission of deviations, according to the riches of His grace
8 which He caused to abound toward us in all wisdom and understanding,
9 making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
10 for the administration of the fullness of the times to head up all things in Christ, both the things in the heavens, and the things on earth, in Him,
11 in whom we also have been chosen to an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of the One working all things according to the counsel of His own will,
12 for us to be to the praise of His glory, the ones who had previously trusted in Christ;
13 in whom also you, hearing the Word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also believing you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
14 who is an earnest of our inheritance, to the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
15 ¶ Because of this, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and love toward all the saints,
16 I also do not cease giving thanks on your behalf, making mention of you in my prayers,
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him,
18 the eyes of your mind having been enlightened, for you to know what is the hope of His calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us, the ones believing according to the working of His mighty strength
20 which He worked in Christ in raising Him from the dead; yea, He seated Him at His right hand in the heavenlies, Psa. 110:1
21 far above all rule, and authority, and power, and lordship, and every name having been named, not only in this age, but also in the coming age;
22 and He "put all things under His feet" and gave Him to be Head over all things to the assembly, Psa. 8:6
23 which is His body: the fullness of the One filling all things in all;
1 and you being dead in deviations and sins,
2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, the spirit now working in the sons of disobedience,
3 among whom we also all conducted ourselves in times past in the lusts of our flesh, doing the things willed of the flesh and of the understanding, and were by nature the children of wrath, even as the rest.
4 ¶ But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5 even we being dead in deviations, He made us alive together with Christ (by grace you are being saved),
6 and raised us up together and seated us together in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus,
7 that He might demonstrate in the ages coming on, the exceeding great riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace you are saved, through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift of God;
9 not of works, that not anyone should boast;
10 for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God before prepared that we should walk in them.
11 ¶ Because of this, remember that you, the nations, were then in the flesh (those having been called Uncircumcision by those having been called Circumcision in the flesh made by hands)
12 that at that time you were without Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers of the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
13 But now, in Christ Jesus you who then were afar off, came to be near by the blood of Christ.
14 ¶ For He is our peace, He making us both one, and breaking down the middle wall of partition,
15 in His flesh causing to cease the enmity, the Law of the commandments in decrees, that He might in Himself create the two into one new man, making peace,
16 and might reconcile both in one body to God through the cross, slaying the enmity in Himself.
17 And coming, He proclaimed "peace to you, the ones afar off, and to the ones near." Isa. 57:19
18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
19 So, then, you are no longer strangers and tenants, but you are fellow citizens of the saints and of the family of God,
20 being built up on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the cornerstone,
21 in whom all the building being fitted together grows into a holy temple in the Lord,
22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
1 ¶ Because of this, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you, the nations,
2 if, indeed, you heard of the stewardship of the grace of God given to me for you,
3 that by revelation He made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief,
4 by the reading of which you are able to realize my understanding in the mystery of Christ,
5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations, as now it was revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit,
6 for the nations to be joint-heirs, and a joint-body and joint-sharers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,
7 of which I was made a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me, according to the working of His power.
8 This grace was given to me, I being less than the least of all the saints, to preach the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ among the nations,
9 and to bring to light all, what is the fellowship of the mystery having been hidden from eternity in God, the One creating all things through Jesus Christ,
10 so that now to the rulers and to the authorities in the heavenlies might be made known through the assembly the manifold wisdom of God,
11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
12 in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through His faith.
13 Therefore, I ask you not to faint at my troubles on your behalf, which is your glory.
14 ¶ For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 of whom every family in Heaven and on earth is named,
16 that He may give you, according to the riches of His glory, by His power to become mighty in the inward man through His Spirit,
17 that through faith Christ may dwell in your hearts, having been rooted and founded in love,
18 that you may be given strength to grasp, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and depth and height,
19 and to know the surpassing knowledge and love of Christ, that you may be filled to all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him being able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think, according to the power working in us,
21 to Him be the glory in the assembly in Christ Jesus, to all the generations of the age of the ages. Amen.
1 ¶ Then I, the prisoner in the Lord, exhort you to walk worthily of the calling in which you were called,
2 ¶ with all humility and meekness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love,
3 being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling;
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 one God and Father of all, the One above all and through all and in you all.
7 But to each one of us was given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Because of this, He says, "Having gone up on high, He led captivity captive," and gave "gifts to men." Psa. 68:18
9 But that He went up, what is it except that He also first came down into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that came down is the same who also went up above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.
11 And indeed He gave some to be apostles; and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers;
12 with a view to the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ,
13 until we all may come to the unity of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, to a full-grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
14 so that we may no longer be infants, being blown and carried about by every wind of doctrine, in the sleight of men, in craftiness to the deceit of error,
15 but speaking the truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, the Christ,
16 from whom all the body, having been fitted and compacted together through every assisting bond, according to the effectual working of one measure in each part, produces the growth of the body to the building up of itself in
17 ¶ Therefore, I say this, and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk even as also the rest of the nations walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 having been darkened in the intellect, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance which is in them because of the hardness of their heart,
19 who, having cast off all feeling, gave themselves up to lust, to the working of all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ,
21 if indeed you heard Him and were taught in Him, as the truth is in Jesus.
22 For you have put off the old man, as regards the former behavior, having been corrupted according to the deceitful lusts,
23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24 and to put on the new man, which according to God was created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Therefore, putting off the false, "speak truth each with his neighbor," because we are members of one another. Zech. 8:16
26 "Be angry but do not sin;" do not let the sun go down on your wrath, LXX-Psa. 4:4; MT-Psa. 4:5
27 nor give place to the Devil.
28 The one stealing, let him steal no more, but rather let him labor, working what is good with the hands, that he may have something to give to the one that has need.
29 Let not any filthy word go out of your mouth, but if any is good to building up in respect to the need, that it may give grace to the ones hearing.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed to the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and anger, and wrath, and tumult, and evil speaking be put away from you, along with all evil things.
32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, having forgiven one another, even as also God forgave you in Christ.
1 ¶ Then become imitators of God, as beloved children,
2 and walk in love, even as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell.
3 ¶ But let not fornication, and all uncleanness, or greediness, be named among you, as is fitting for saints;
4 also baseness, and foolish talking, or joking (the things not becoming), but rather thanksgiving.
5 For be knowing this, that every fornicator, or unclean one, or covetous one, who is an idolater, has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for through these things the wrath of God comes on the sons of disobedience.
7 Then do not become partakers with them;
8 for you then were darkness, but are now 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 proving what is pleasing to the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them.
12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things being done by them in secret.
13 But all things being exposed by the light are clearly revealed, for everything having been revealed is light.
14 Because of this, He says, Arise, sleeping ones and stand up out of the dead ones, and Christ will shine on you. No OT passage
15 Then watch how carefully you walk, not as unwise, but as wise ones,
16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 For this reason, do not be foolish, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And "do not be drunk with wine," in which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit, Prov. 23:31
19 speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and praising in your heart to the Lord,
20 giving thanks at all times for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, even to God the Father,
21 ¶ having been subject to one another in the fear of God.
22 Wives, subject yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord,
23 because a husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is Head of the assembly, and He is the Savior of the body.
24 But even as the assembly is subject to Christ, so also the wives to their own husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the assembly and gave Himself up on its behalf,
26 that He might sanctify it, cleansing it by the washing of the water in the Word,
27 that He might present it to Himself as the glorious assembly, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such things, but that it be holy and without blemish.
28 So, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies, (he loving his wife loves himself),
29 for then no one hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, even as also the Lord the assembly.
30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.
31 "For this, a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh." Gen. 2:24
32 The mystery is great, but I speak as to Christ and as to the assembly.
33 However, you also, everyone, let each one love his wife as himself, and the wife, that she give deference to the husband.
1 ¶ Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
2 "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with a promise, Ex. 20:12
3 "that it may be well with you, and you may be long-lived on the earth". Deut. 5:16
4 And fathers, do not provoke your children, but nurture them in the discipline and admonition of the Lord.
5 Slaves, obey your lords according to flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as to Christ;
6 not with eye-service as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the soul,
7 serving as slaves with good will to the Lord, and not as to men,
8 each one knowing that whatever good thing he does, this he shall receive from the Lord, whether a slave or a freeman.
9 And lords, do the same things toward them, forbearing threatening, knowing that the Lord of you and of them is in Heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.
10 ¶ For the rest, my brothers, be made powerful in the Lord and in the might of His strength.
11 Put on all the armor of God, for you to be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil,
12 because wrestling against flesh and blood is not to us, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world's rulers, of the darkness of this age, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenlies.
13 Because of this, take up all of the armor of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having worked out all things, to stand.
14 Then stand firm, "having girded your loins about with truth" and having put "on the breastplate of righteousness," Isa. 11:5; 59:17
15 and having shod the feet with the preparation of the "gospel of peace." Isa. 52:7
16 Above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the darts of the evil one being kindled.
17 Also, take "the helmet of salvation," and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God; Isa. 59:17 LXX-Isa. 11:4; MT-Isa. 49:2; LXX and MT-Hos. 6:5
18 through all prayer and petition, praying at all times in the Spirit, and watching to this same thing with all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints.
19 ¶ Pray also for me, that to me may be given speech in the opening of my mouth with boldness to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 for which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I may speak boldly as it is right for me to speak.
21 But that you also may know the things about me, what I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make known all things to you,
22 whom I sent to you for this same thing, that you might know the things about us, and he may comfort your hearts.
23 Peace to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Grace be with all those that love our Lord Jesus Christ in incorruptibility.
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