Ephesians 1:4
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New International Version
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

New Living Translation
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.

English Standard Version
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

Berean Study Bible
For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love

Berean Literal Bible
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world for us to be holy and blameless before Him, in love

New American Standard Bible
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love

King James Bible
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love

International Standard Version
just as he chose us in the Messiah before the creation of the universe to be holy and blameless in his presence. In love

NET Bible
For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love.

New Heart English Bible
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without blemish before him in love;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Just as he chose us beforehand in him from before the foundation of the universe, that we shall be holy and without spot before him, and he ordained us beforehand in love for himself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Before the creation of the world, he chose us through Christ to be holy and perfect in his presence.

New American Standard 1977
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love

Jubilee Bible 2000
according as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in charity;

King James 2000 Bible
According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

American King James Version
According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

American Standard Version
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love:

Douay-Rheims Bible
As he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unspotted in his sight in charity.

Darby Bible Translation
according as he has chosen us in him before [the] world's foundation, that we should be holy and blameless before him in love;

English Revised Version
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love:

Webster's Bible Translation
According as he hath chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Weymouth New Testament
even as, in His love, He chose us as His own in Christ before the creation of the world, that we might be holy and without blemish in His presence.

World English Bible
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without blemish before him in love;

Young's Literal Translation
according as He did choose us in him before the foundation of the world, for our being holy and unblemished before Him, in love,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:3-8 Spiritual and heavenly blessings are the best blessings; with which we cannot be miserable, and without which we cannot but be so. This was from the choice of them in Christ, before the foundation of the world, that they should be made holy by separation from sin, being set apart to God, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit, in consequence of their election in Christ. All who are chosen to happiness as the end, are chosen to holiness as the means. In love they were predestinated, or fore-ordained, to be adopted as children of God by faith in Christ Jesus, and to be openly admitted to the privileges of that high relation to himself. The reconciled and adopted believer, the pardoned sinner, gives all the praise of his salvation to his gracious Father. His love appointed this method of redemption, spared not his own Son, and brought believers to hear and embrace this salvation. It was rich grace to provide such a surety as his own Son, and freely to deliver him up. This method of grace gives no encouragement to evil, but shows sin in all its hatefulness, and how it deserves vengeance. The believer's actions, as well as his words, declare the praises of Divine mercy.
Study Bible
Spiritual Blessings
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. 4For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love 5He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will,…
Cross References
Leviticus 19:2
"Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, 'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.

Leviticus 20:7
'You shall consecrate yourselves therefore and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.

2 Samuel 22:24
"I was also blameless toward Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity.

Matthew 25:34
Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Acts 13:48
When the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and glorified the word of the Lord, and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.

Ephesians 4:2
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Ephesians 4:15
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ Himself, who is the head.

Ephesians 4:16
From Him the whole body is fitted and held together by every supporting ligament. And as each individual part does its work, the body grows and builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 5:2
and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.
Treasury of Scripture

According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

as.

Deuteronomy 7:6,7 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God: the LORD your God …

Psalm 135:4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob to himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

Isaiah 41:8,9 But you, Israel, are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed …

Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; …

Isaiah 65:8-10 Thus said the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and …

Matthew 11:25,26 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord …

Matthew 24:22,24 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh …

Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and …

John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must …

Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the …

Acts 18:10 For I am with you, and no man shall set on you to hurt you: for I …

Romans 8:28,30,33 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

Romans 9:23,24 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels …

Romans 11:5,6 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according …

2 Thessalonians 2:13,14 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may …

Titus 1:1,2 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

before.

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me …

Acts 15:18 Known to God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

1 Peter 1:20 Who truly was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but …

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him…

Revelation 17:8 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the …

that.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, …

Luke 1:74,75 That he would grant to us, that we being delivered out of the hand …

John 15:16 You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, …

Romans 8:28,29 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness.

2 Timothy 1:9 Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according …

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, …

Titus 2:11,12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…

2 Peter 1:5-10 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; …

without.

Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having …

1 Corinthians 1:8 Who shall also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless …

Philippians 2:15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without …

Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and …

2 Peter 3:14 Why, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that …

love.

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted …

Ephesians 4:2,15,16 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing …

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

Galatians 5:6,13,22 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

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

1 Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, …

1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is …

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