Ephesians 3:18
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New International Version
may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

New Living Translation
And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

English Standard Version
may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

New American Standard Bible
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

King James Bible
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God's love,

International Standard Version
you will be able to understand, along with all the saints, what is wide, long, high, and deep—

NET Bible
you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That you can discover with all the holy, what is the height and depth and length and breadth,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This way, with all of God's people you will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is.

Jubilee Bible 2000
may be able to well comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height

King James 2000 Bible
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

American King James Version
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

American Standard Version
may be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

Douay-Rheims Bible
You may be able to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth:

Darby Bible Translation
in order that ye may be fully able to apprehend with all the saints what [is] the breadth and length and depth and height;

English Revised Version
may be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

Webster's Bible Translation
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and highth.

Weymouth New Testament
as it is grasped by all God's people, of the breadth and length, the height and depth--

World English Bible
may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

Young's Literal Translation
that ye may be in strength to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height,
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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 18. - May be made strong to comprehend with all the saints. The subject to be comprehended is not only beyond man's natural capacity, but beyond the ordinary force of his spiritual capacity. The thing to be grasped needs a special strength of heart and soul; the heart needs to be enlarged, the mental "hands of the arms" need to be made strong (Genesis 49:24). But the attainment is not impossible - it is the experience of "all the saints;" all God's children are enabled to grasp something of this (comp. 2 Corinthians 4:3-6). What is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height. No genitive being given, it has been a difficult point to settle to what these dimensions must be held to be applicable. Some think that the love of Christ in the following clause must be meant; but surely when that is made the subject of a separate part of the prayer, and is not in the genitive but the objective case, governed by a verb of its own, this explanation is not to be enter-rained. Others, with more reason, think that the idea of a temple was in the mind of the writer, as it certainly was in Ephesians 2:21, 22, and that it is the dimensions of the temple he had here in his eye, the prayer being that the Ephesians might comprehend the vastness and glory of that spiritual temple which is constituted by all believers, and in which God dwells by the Spirit. Even this, however, would not divest the construction of abruptness, and it would fit in but poorly with the context, in which the tenor o f the apostle's prayer is that a profusion of Divine blessing might be enjoyed by the Ephesians. If a genitive must be supplied, may we not conceive the apostle to have had in his view the entire provision God has made in Christ for the good of his people, so that the dimensions would be those of the gospel storehouse, the vast reservoir out of which the Church is filled? "Breadth" might denote the manifoldness of that provision; "length," its eternal duration; its "depth" might be represented by the profundity of Christ's humiliation; and its "height" by the loftiness of the condition to which his people are to be raised. To comprehend this, to understand its existence and its richness, is to get our faith enlarged, our expectations expanded; it is through this comprehension that "all the saints" have got their wants supplied, and their souls filled as with marrow and fatness.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

May be able to comprehend with all saints,.... This is the end of their being rooted and grounded in love, that they, together with the rest of the saints interested in it, might have a larger and more comprehensive view of

what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; not of God himself, who is incomprehensible by finite minds, and is not to be found out to perfection; see Job 11:7 but either of the great mystery of salvation, particularly the mystery of the calling of the Gentiles mentioned in the beginning of the chapter; or of the spiritual building, the church, the dimensions of which are given, Revelation 21:15 or rather of the love of God, which in its length reaches from one eternity to another; in its breadth to all the elect, in all ages, places, and nations; and in its depth to saints in the lowest state of life; and in its height to bring them to an exalted state in glory.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. May be able—even still further. Greek, "May be fully able."

breadth … length … depth … height—namely, the full dimensions of the spiritual temple, answering to "the fulness of God" (Eph 3:19), to which the Church, according to its capacity, ought to correspond (compare Eph 4:10, 13) as to "the fulness of Christ." The "breadth" implies Christ's world-wide love, embracing all men: the "length," its being extended through all ages (Eph 3:21); the "depth," its profound wisdom which no creature can fathom (Ro 11:33); the "height," its being beyond the reach of any foe to deprive us of (Eph 4:8) [Bengel]. I prefer to understand "the breadth," &c., to refer to the whole of the vast mystery of free salvation in Christ for all, Gentile and Jew alike, of which Paul had been speaking (Eph 3:3-9), and of which he now prays they may have a fuller comprehension. As subsidiary to this, and the most essential part of it, he adds, "and to know the love of Christ" (Eph 3:19). Grotius understands depth and height of God's goodness raising us from the lowest depression to the greatest height.

Ephesians 3:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Prayer for the Ephesians
17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.…
Cross References
Job 11:8
They are higher than the heavens above--what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below--what can you know?

Ephesians 1:15
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God's people,
Treasury of Scripture

May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

able.

Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you …

Ephesians 1:18-23 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know …

Job 11:7-9 Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty …

Psalm 103:11,12,17 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy …

Psalm 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain to it.

Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher …

John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ …

Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse …

Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…

Philippians 3:8-10 Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency …

1 Timothy 1:14-16 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love …

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was …

Titus 2:13,14 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the …

Revelation 3:21 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even …

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Ephesians 1:10,15 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather …

Deuteronomy 33:2,3 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir to them; …

2 Chronicles 6:41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into your resting place, you, and …

Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Psalm 132:9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; and let your saints …

Psalm 145:10 All your works shall praise you, O LORD; and your saints shall bless you.

Zechariah 14:5 And you shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley …

2 Corinthians 13:13 All the saints salute you.

Colossians 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which …

what.

Romans 10:3,11,12 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to …

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