Ephesians 3:16
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New International Version
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

New Living Translation
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.

English Standard Version
that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

New American Standard Bible
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,

King James Bible
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit,

International Standard Version
I pray that he would give you, according to his glorious riches, strength in your inner being and power through his Spirit,

NET Bible
I pray that according to the wealth of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That he would grant you according to the riches of his glory to be confirmed by power in his Spirit, that in your inner person,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm asking God to give you a gift from the wealth of his glory. I pray that he would give you inner strength and power through his Spirit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man,

King James 2000 Bible
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

American King James Version
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

American Standard Version
that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man;

Douay-Rheims Bible
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened by his Spirit with might unto the inward man,

Darby Bible Translation
in order that he may give you according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power by his Spirit in the inner man;

English Revised Version
that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man;

Webster's Bible Translation
That he would grant you according to the riches of his glory to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

Weymouth New Testament
to grant you--in accordance with the wealth of His glorious perfections--to be strengthened by His Spirit with power penetrating to your inmost being.

World English Bible
that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that you may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man;

Young's Literal Translation
that He may give to you, according to the riches of His glory, with might to be strengthened through His Spirit, in regard to the inner man,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:13-19 The apostle seems to be more anxious lest the believers should be discouraged and faint upon his tribulations, than for what he himself had to bear. He asks for spiritual blessings, which are the best blessings. Strength from the Spirit of God in the inner man; strength in the soul; the strength of faith, to serve God, and to do our duty. If the law of Christ is written in our hearts, and the love of Christ is shed abroad there, then Christ dwells there. Where his Spirit dwells, there he dwells. We should desire that good affections may be fixed in us. And how desirable to have a fixed sense of the love of God in Christ to our souls! How powerfully the apostle speaks of the love of Christ! The breadth shows its extent to all nations and ranks; the length, that it continues from everlasting to everlasting; the depth, its saving those who are sunk into the depths of sin and misery; the height, its raising them up to heavenly happiness and glory. Those who receive grace for grace from Christ's fulness, may be said to be filled with the fulness of God. Should not this satisfy man? Must he needs fill himself with a thousand trifles, fancying thereby to complete his happiness?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory. The standard or measure of the Divine giving is brought into view. "Riches of his glory" is a more emphatic expression than "glorious riches," though substantially the same in meaning. God's standard of giving is liberal, bountiful, overflowing. An image of the riches of his glory is seen in the starry heavens, which proclaim at once the vast riches and surpassing glory of God. Or in the beautiful appearance of an autumn sunset, where the whole sky is flecked with clouds brightened into a sea of glory. In prayer, it is both useful for ourselves and glorifying to God to recognize his bountifulness - to remember that he gives us a King (2 Samuel 24:23). To be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man. The inner man is the seat of influence, but with us it is the scat of spiritual feebleness. Most men may contrive to order their outward conduct suitably; but who has control of the inner man? Faith, trust, humility, love, patience, and the like graces which belong to the inner man, are what we are weakest in, and what we have least power to make strong. In this very region it is sought that the Ephesians might be strengthened with might by the Spirit. The gift of the Spirit is available for this very purpose for all that ask him.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

That he would grant you according to the riches of his glory,.... Or according to, and out of that rich, plenteous, and glorious fulness of grace and strength in Christ Jesus.

To be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; this is the petition which the apostle puts up on his bended knees to the Father of Christ, that he would strengthen these saints, that so they might not faint at the tribulations which either he or they endured. Believers in Christ need fresh supplies of strength to enable them to exercise grace, to perform duties, to resist Satan and his temptations, to oppose their corruptions, and to bear the cross, and undergo afflictions cheerfully, and to hold on and out to the end: this is a blessing that comes from God, and is a gift of his free grace; a "grant" from him who is the strength of the lives of his people, of their salvation, of their hearts, and of the work of grace in their hearts: the means whereby the saints are strengthened by God, is "his Spirit"; who strengthens them by leading them to the fulness of grace and strength in Christ, by shedding abroad the love of God in their hearts, by applying the promises of the Gospel to them, and by making the Gospel itself, and the ordinances of it, useful to them, causing them to go from strength to strength in them: the subject of this blessing is the "inner man", or the Spirit, or soul of man, which is the seat of grace; and this shows that this was spiritual strength which is here desired, which may be where there is much bodily weakness, and for which there should be the greatest concern; and that this strength is not naturally there, it must be given, or put into it. This last phrase,

in the inner man, is joined to the beginning of the next verse in the Arabic, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions, "in the inner man Christ may dwell", &c.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. according to—that is in abundance consonant to the riches of His glory; not "according to" the narrowness of our hearts. Col 1:11, "Strengthened with all might according to His glorious power."

by—Greek, "through"; "by means of His Spirit."

in—The Greek implies, "infused into."

the inner man—(Eph 4:22, 24; 1Pe 3:4); "the hidden man of the heart." Not predicated of unbelievers, whose inward and outward man alike are carnal. But in believers, the "inner (new) man," their true self, stands in contrast to their old man, which is attached to them as a body of death daily being mortified, but not their true self.

Ephesians 3:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Prayer for the Ephesians
15from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,…
Cross References
Romans 7:22
For in my inner being I delight in God's law;

Romans 9:23
What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory--

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

Ephesians 1:7
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace

Ephesians 1:18
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,

Ephesians 3:8
Although I am less than the least of all the Lord's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,

Ephesians 3:15
from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Colossians 1:11
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,

Colossians 1:27
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Colossians 2:2
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,
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That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

according.

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

Ephesians 1:7,18 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of …

Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his …

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

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in …

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of …

to be.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Job 23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put …

Psalm 28:8 The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

Psalm 138:3 In the day when I cried you answered me, and strengthened me with …

Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases …

Isaiah 41:10 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

Zechariah 10:12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and …

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

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength …

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to …

2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that …

Hebrews 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out …

the inner.

Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of …

Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that …

Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, …

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, …

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