Ephesians 2:14
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New International Version
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,

New Living Translation
For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.

English Standard Version
For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility

New American Standard Bible
For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,

King James Bible
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For He is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In His flesh,

International Standard Version
For it is he who is our peace. Through his mortality he made both groups one by tearing down the wall of hostility that divided them.

NET Bible
For he is our peace, the one who made both groups into one and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he is our peace who made the two one, and he destroyed the wall that was standing in the middle.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So he is our peace. In his body he has made Jewish and non-Jewish people one by breaking down the wall of hostility that kept them apart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he is our peace, who of both has made one, breaking down the middle wall of separation,

King James 2000 Bible
For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

American King James Version
For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

American Standard Version
For he is our peace, who made both one, and brake down the middle wall of partition,

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and breaking down the middle wall of partition, the enmities in his flesh:

Darby Bible Translation
For *he* is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of enclosure,

English Revised Version
For he is our peace, who made both one, and brake down the middle wall of partition,

Webster's Bible Translation
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Weymouth New Testament
For He is our peace--He who has made Jews and Gentiles one, and in His own human nature has broken down the hostile dividing wall,

World English Bible
For he is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition,

Young's Literal Translation
for he is our peace, who did make both one, and the middle wall of the enclosure did break down,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:14-18 Jesus Christ made peace by the sacrifice of himself; in every sense Christ was their Peace, the author, centre, and substance of their being at peace with God, and of their union with the Jewish believers in one church. Through the person, sacrifice, and mediation of Christ, sinners are allowed to draw near to God as a Father, and are brought with acceptance into his presence, with their worship and services, under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, as one with the Father and the Son. Christ purchased leave for us to come to God; and the Spirit gives a heart to come, and strength to come, and then grace to serve God acceptably.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - For he is our peace. Explanatory of the preceding verse - of the way by which we are brought nigh. Christ is not only our Peacemaker, but our Peace, and that in the fullest sense, the very substance and living spring of it, establishing it at the beginning, keeping it up to the end; and the complex notion of peace is here not only peace between Jew and Gentile, but between God and both. Consult Old Testament predictions of peace in connection with Messiah (Isaiah 9:5, 6; Micah 5:5; Zechariah 9:10, etc.). Who made both one; literally, both things, both elements; so that there is now no ground for separating between a Jewish element and a Gentile; they are unified. And broke down the middle wall of the partition. The general idea is obvious; the particular allusion is less easily seen. Some think it is to the veil that separated the holy of holies from the holy place (Hebrews 10:20); but that could hardly be called a wall. Others the wall that separated the court of the Jew from that of the Gentiles; but that wall was literally standing when the apostle wrote, and besides, the Ephesians could not be supposed to be so familiar with it as to make it a suitable illustration for them. In the absence of any specific allusion, it is best to understand the words generally, "broke down that which served as a middle wall of partition" - what is mentioned immediately in the following verse.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he is our peace,.... The author of peace between Jew and Gentile: there was a great enmity of the Jew against the Gentile, and of the Gentile against the Jew; and chiefly on account of circumcision, the one being without it, and the other insisting on it, and branding one another with nicknames on account of it; but Christ has made peace between them by abrogating the ceremonial law, which was the occasion of the difference, and by sending the Gospel of peace to them both, by converting some of each, and by granting the like privileges to them all, as may be observed in the following verses: and Christ is the author of peace between God and his people; there is naturally in man an enmity to God; sin has separated chief friends; nor can man make his peace with God; what he does, or can do, will not do it; and what will, he cannot do; Christ is the only fit and proper person for this work, being a middle person between both, and is only able to effect it, being God as well as man; and so could draw nigh to God, and treat with him about terms of peace, and agree to them, and perform them; and which he has brought about by his blood, his sufferings and death; and which is made on honourable terms, by a full satisfaction to the law and justice of God; and so is a lasting one, and attended with a train of blessings: moreover, Christ is the donor of peace, of external peace in his churches, and of internal peace of conscience, and of eternal peace in heaven: this is one of the names of the Messiah with the Jews (b);

"says R. Jose the Galilean, even the name of the Messiah is called "peace"; as it is said, Isaiah 9:6 "the everlasting Father, the Prince of peace";''

see Micah 5:5 where it is said, "and this man shall be the peace"; which the Jewish (c) writers understand of the Messiah:

who hath made both one; Jews and Gentiles, one people, one body, one church; he united them together, and caused them to agree in one, and made them to be of one mind and judgment by the above methods; as well as he gathered them together in one, in one head, himself, who represented them all:

and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; the ceremonial law, which was made up of many hard and intolerable commands, and distinguished, and divided, and kept up a division between Jews and Gentiles: so the Jews call the law a wall, "if she be a wall", Sol 8:9 , "this is the law", say they (d): and hence we read of , "the wall of the law" (e); and sometimes the phrase, a "partition wall", is used for a division or disagreement; so R. Benjamin says (f), that between the Karaites and Rabbanites, who were the disciples of the wise men, there was "a middle wall of partition"; a great difference and distance; and such there was between the Jew and Gentile, by reason of the ceremonial law; but Christ removed it, and made up the difference: the allusion seems to be to the wall which divided the court of Israel from the court of the Gentiles, in the temple, and which kept them at a distance in worship.

(b) Perek Shalom, fol. 20. 1. Baal Hatturim in Numbers 25.12. (c) Vid. Kimchi in loc. (d) T. Bab. Pesachim, fol. 87. 1.((e) Caphtor, fol. 95. 1. & 101. 1.((f) Itinerar. p. 28.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. he—Greek, "Himself" alone, pre-eminently, and none else. Emphatical.

our peace—not merely "Peacemaker," but "Himself" the price of our (Jews' and Gentiles' alike) peace with God, and so the bond of union between "both" in God. He took both into Himself, and reconciled them, united, to God, by His assuming our nature and our penal and legal liabilities (Eph 2:15; Isa 9:5, 6; 53:5; Mic 5:5; Col 1:20). His title, "Shiloh," means the same (Ge 49:10).

the middle wall of partition—Greek, "… of the partition" or "fence"; the middle wall which parted Jew and Gentile. There was a balustrade of stone which separated the court of the Gentiles from the holy place, which it was death for a Gentile to pass. But this, though incidentally alluded to, was but a symbol of the partition itself, namely, "the enmity" between "both" and God (Eph 2:15), the real cause of separation from God, and so the mediate cause of their separation from one another. Hence there was a twofold wall of partition, one the inner wall, severing the Jewish people from entrance to the holy part of the temple where the priests officiated, the other the outer wall, separating the Gentile proselytes from access to the court of the Jews (compare Eze 44:7; Ac 21:28). Thus this twofold wall represented the Sinaitic law, which both severed all men, even the Jews, from access to God (through sin, which is the violation of the law), and also separated the Gentiles from the Jews. As the term "wall" implies the strength of the partition, so "fence" implies that it was easily removed by God when the due time came.

Ephesians 2:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
One in Christ
13But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,…
Cross References
Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Micah 5:5
And he will be our peace when the Assyrians invade our land and march through our fortresses. We will raise against them seven shepherds, even eight commanders,

1 Corinthians 12:13
For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body--whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

Galatians 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:15
by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace,

Ephesians 2:17
He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

Colossians 1:20
and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Colossians 3:11
Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Treasury of Scripture

For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

our.

Isaiah 9:6,7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

Ezekiel 34:24,25 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among …

Micah 5:5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into …

Zechariah 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the …

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, …

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

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. …

Acts 10:36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace …

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through …

Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to …

Hebrews 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation …

Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, …

both.

Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments …

Ephesians 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that …

Isaiah 19:24,25 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, …

Ezekiel 37:19,20 Say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick …

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

John 11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together …

1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members …

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there …

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, …

the middle.

Esther 3:8 And Haman said to king Ahasuerus…

Acts 10:28 And he said to them, You know how that it is an unlawful thing for …

Colossians 2:10-14,20 And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power…

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