Ephesians 1:17
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New International Version
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

New Living Translation
asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.

English Standard Version
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,

New American Standard Bible
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

King James Bible
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.

International Standard Version
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the most glorious Father, would give you a wise spirit, along with revelation that comes through knowing the Messiah fully.

NET Bible
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of him,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
So that The God of our Lord Yeshua The Messiah, The Father of glory, would give you The Spirit of wisdom and revelation with his knowledge,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I pray that the glorious Father, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know Christ better.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;

King James 2000 Bible
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

American King James Version
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

American Standard Version
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;

Douay-Rheims Bible
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation, in the knowledge of him:

Darby Bible Translation
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, would give you [the] spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of him,

English Revised Version
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;

Webster's Bible Translation
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Weymouth New Testament
For I always beseech the God of our Lord Jesus Christ--the Father most glorious--to give you a spirit of wisdom and penetration through an intimate knowledge of Him,

World English Bible
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;

Young's Literal Translation
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of the glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the recognition of him,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:15-23 God has laid up spiritual blessings for us in his Son the Lord Jesus; but requires us to draw them out and fetch them in by prayer. Even the best Christians need to be prayed for: and while we hear of the welfare of Christian friends, we should pray for them. Even true believers greatly want heavenly wisdom. Are not the best of us unwilling to come under God's yoke, though there is no other way to find rest for the soul? Do we not for a little pleasure often part with our peace? And if we dispute less, and prayed more with and for each other, we should daily see more and more what is the hope of our calling, and the riches of the Divine glory in this inheritance. It is desirable to feel the mighty power of Divine grace, beginning and carrying on the work of faith in our souls. But it is difficult to bring a soul to believe fully in Christ, and to venture its all, and the hope of eternal life, upon his righteousness. Nothing less than Almighty power will work this in us. Here is signified that it is Christ the Saviour, who supplies all the necessities of those who trust in him, and gives them all blessings in the richest abundance. And by being partakers of Christ himself, we come to be filled with the fulness of grace and glory in him. How then do those forget themselves who seek for righteousness out of him! This teaches us to come to Christ. And did we know what we are called to, and what we might find in him, surely we should come and be suitors to him. When feeling our weakness and the power of our enemies, we most perceive the greatness of that mighty power which effects the conversion of the believer, and is engaged to perfect his salvation. Surely this will constrain us by love to live to our Redeemer's glory.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory. The invocations of Paul - the terms by which he calls on God - are always significant, involving a plea for the blessings sought. God, as "the God of our Lord Jesus Christ," gave to him the Holy Spirit without measure, and might well, therefore, be asked and expected to give the gifts of the same Spirit to those who were "in him" - one with him as members of his body. Being also the "Father of glory," and having glorified Jesus, even after his suffering, with the glory which he had with him before the world began, he might well be asked and expected to glorify his people too. May give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of him. "Spirit" here is neither exclusively the Holy Spirit nor the spirit of man, but the complex idea of the spirit of man dwelt in and moved by the Spirit of God (Alford). Wisdom seems to denote the general gift of spiritual illumination; revelation, capacity of apprehending the revealed - of perceiving the drift and meaning of what God makes known, so that it may be a real revelation to us (comp. Matthew 13:11). Ἐπιγνώσει is something more than mere γνώσει - full knowledge of Christ, implying that it is in becoming better acquainted with Christ that we get the spirit of wisdom and revelation. In seeking to know Christ more, we are in the true way to get more insight into all that is Divine (croup. John 14:9). The importance of seeking more knowledge, even after we have believed and been settled by the Holy Spirit, is here apparent; a growing knowledge is a most healthful feature of Christian life. "Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,.... In what sense God the Father is the God of Christ; see Gill on Ephesians 1:3.

The Father of glory; or the glorious Father; who is glorious in himself, in the perfections of his nature, and in the works of his hands; and as a father, he is a glorious father to Christ, and is a father to him, as he is to none else; and has been honoured and glorified by Christ, and from whom Christ as man has received much honour and glory: and he is a glorious father to the saints, to whom he has shown inexpressible love, by adopting them into his family; and pities them, as a father does his children; takes care of them, and protects them, and makes a glorious provision for them; not only of good things now, but of an eternal inheritance hereafter: and he may be so called, because he is the author and giver of eternal glory and happiness; and because all glory is due unto him: the Arabic version reads, "God, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory", making all these epithets to belong to Christ:

may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, in the knowledge of him; this was one part of the apostle's prayers for the saints at Ephesus, that they might increase in divine knowledge; either in the knowledge of God, as the God of Christ, and the Father of glory, and as their God and Father in Christ; or of God, as considered in Christ the Mediator; or else of Christ himself: and designs not a notional and speculative knowledge of Christ, but what is practical and experimental; and which is joined with love of him, faith in him, and obedience to him; and which is not only approbative, but fiducial and appropriating; and though it is but imperfect, yet is progressive; and for the progression of it, the apostle prays; for it is certain, that these saints had a knowledge of Christ, but this was not perfect; and a larger measure of it was desirable: and in order to this, he prays for the Spirit, as a "spirit of wisdom"; who implants spiritual wisdom in the hearts of men, and instructs them in the Gospel, the hidden wisdom of God, leads them into all truths, and opens to them the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, which are hid in Christ, the wisdom of God; and as a spirit of "revelation"; who reveals Christ and the things of Christ, at first conversion; and afterwards reveals him and his righteousness, and other benefits of his more largely, even from faith to faith; and gives a clearer view of interest in them: hence it appears, that the Spirit is the gift of God; and that all spiritual light and knowledge, and the increase of it, are owing to him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. A fit prayer for all Christians.

the God of our Lord Jesus—appropriate title here; as in Eph 1:20-22 he treats of God's raising Jesus to be Head over all things to the Church. Jesus Himself called the Father "My God" (Mt 27:46).

the Father of glory—(Compare Ac 7:2). The Father of that infinite glory which shines in the face of Christ, who is "the glory" (the true Shekinah); through whom also "the glory of the inheritance" (Eph 1:18) shall be ours (Joh 17:24; 2Co 3:7-4:6).

the spirit of wisdom—whose attribute is infinite wisdom and who works wisdom in believers (Isa 11:2).

and revelation—whose function it is to reveal to believers spiritual mysteries (Joh 16:14, 15; 1Co 2:10).

in the knowledge—rather, as Greek (see on [2362]1Co 13:12), "in the full knowledge of Him," namely, God.

Ephesians 1:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom
16do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,…
Cross References
Exodus 28:3
Tell all the skilled workers to whom I have given wisdom in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, for his consecration, so he may serve me as priest.

Job 42:5
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.

Proverbs 18:15
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.

Isaiah 11:2
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him-- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD--

John 20:17
Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"

Acts 7:2
To this he replied: "Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran.

Romans 15:6
so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:8
None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

1 Corinthians 14:6
Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?

Ephesians 4:13
until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Philippians 3:15
All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.

Colossians 1:9
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,
Treasury of Scripture

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

the God. See on ver.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed …

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my …

the Father.

1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and …

Psalm 24:7,10 Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be you lift up, you everlasting …

Psalm 29:3 The voice of the LORD is on the waters: the God of glory thunders: …

Jeremiah 2:11 Has a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people …

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your …

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Acts 7:2 And he said, Men, brothers, and fathers, listen; The God of glory …

1 Corinthians 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known …

James 2:1 My brothers, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord …

Revelation 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor…

the spirit.

Genesis 41:38,39 And Pharaoh said to his servants, Can we find such a one as this …

Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom …

Daniel 5:11 There is a man in your kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy …

Luke 12:12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what you ought to say.

Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries …

John 14:17,26 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because …

Acts 6:10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke.

1 Corinthians 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another …

1 Corinthians 14:6 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall …

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease …

Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

James 3:17,18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

revelation.

Ephesians 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it …

Daniel 2:28-30 But there is a God in heaven that reveals secrets, and makes known …

Daniel 10:1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed to …

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord …

Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: …

1 Corinthians 2:10 But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches …

2 Corinthians 12:1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions …

in the knowledge. or, for the acknowledgement.

Ephesians 3:18,19 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and …

Proverbs 2:5 Then shall you understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

Jeremiah 9:24 But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows …

Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and …

Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man …

Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows the …

John 8:54,55 Jesus answered, If I honor myself, my honor is nothing: it is my …

John 16:3 And these things will they do to you, because they have not known …

John 17:3,25,26 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true …

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God …

Colossians 1:10 That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful …

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, …

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure …

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according …

2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain …

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus …

1 John 2:3,4 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments…

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