Ephesians 3:20
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

New Living Translation
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

English Standard Version
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

New American Standard Bible
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

King James Bible
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us--

International Standard Version
Now to the one who can do infinitely more than all we can ask or imagine according to the power that is working among us—

NET Bible
Now to him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But to him who is more than almighty to do for us and is greater than what we ask or imagine, according to his power that is active in us,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

King James 2000 Bible
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

American King James Version
Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

American Standard Version
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now to him who is able to do all things more abundantly than we desire or understand, according to the power that worketh in us;

Darby Bible Translation
But to him that is able to do far exceedingly above all which we ask or think, according to the power which works in us,

English Revised Version
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Webster's Bible Translation
Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

Weymouth New Testament
Now to Him who, in exercise of His power that is at work within us, is able to do infinitely beyond all our highest prayers or thoughts--

World English Bible
Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

Young's Literal Translation
and to Him who is able above all things to do exceeding abundantly what we ask or think, according to the power that is working in us,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:20,21 It is proper always to end prayers with praises. Let us expect more, and ask for more, encouraged by what Christ has already done for our souls, being assured that the conversion of sinners, and the comfort of believers, will be to his glory, for ever and ever.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 20, 21. - DOXOLOGY. The study and exposition of the amazing riches of the grace of God gives birth to an outburst of praise toward the Divine Source of all this mercy, past, present, and to come. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think. In thinking of God it is as if we thought of space - however far our conceptions may travel, there is still infinity beyond. Paul had asked much in this prayer, and thoughts can always travel beyond words, yet the excess of God's power beyond both was infinite. This excess is denoted by a double term of abundance (ποιῆσαι ὑπὲρ πάντα and ὑπερεκπερισσοῦ), as if the apostle wished to fill our minds with the idea of absolute infinity of gracious power in God. According to the power that worketh in us, which is none other than the power "which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead" (Ephesians 1:20). The power that is actually at work in us has only to be exerted a little more to accomplish wonders of sanctification, and confer on us immense spiritual strength. Unto him be the glory in the Church in Christ Jesus, world without end. Amen. To God the whole credit of the scheme of grace and the work of grace as carried out in his people is due ("Not of works, lest any man should boast"); therefore let the Church acknowledge this, and cordially and openly ascribe to God his due. Let this feeling be universally encouraged and cherished in the Church, and let it find in the Church services suitable occasions of breaking forth in song and prayer. Again the apostle's favorite formula comes in" in Christ Jesus," to denote that this act of adoration is to be done in immediate connection with the work and person of Christ; for it is he who has brought about the whole condition of things from which the act of adoration springs. And this ascription of praise is not transitory; this view of the Divine character and actings will never become obsolete or be superseded by other views; it will claim their cordial ascriptions forever - literally, to all the generations of the age of the ages.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly,.... This is the conclusion of the apostle's prayer, in which the power of God is celebrated, a perfection which is essential unto God, and is very large and extensive; it reaches to all things, to every thing that he wills, which is his actual or ordinative power; and to more things than he has willed, which is his absolute power; and to all things that have been, are, or shall be, and to things impossible with men; though there are some things which God cannot do, such as are contrary to his nature, inconsistent with his will, his decrees and purposes, which imply a contradiction, and are foreign to truth, which to do would be to deny himself: but then he can do

above all that we ask or think; he can do more than men ask for, as he did for Solomon: God knows what we want before we ask, and he has made provisions for his people before they ask for them; some of which things we never could, and others we never should have asked for, if he had not provided them; and without the Spirit of God we know not what to ask for, nor how to ask aright; this affords great encouragement to go to God, and ask such things of him as we want, and he has provided; and who also can do more than we can think, imagine, or conceive in our minds.

According to the power that worketh in us: either in believers in common, meaning the Spirit of God, who is the finger and power of God, who begins, and carries on, and will finish the work of grace in them, and which is an evidence of the exceeding greatness of the power of God; or in the apostles in particular, in fitting and furnishing them for their work, and succeeding them in it; which is another proof and demonstration of the abundant power of God, and shows what he can do if he pleases.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. unto him—contrasted with ourselves and our needs. Translate, "that is able above all things (what is above all things) to do exceeding abundantly above what we ask or (even) think": thought takes a wider range than prayers. The word, above, occurs thrice as often in Paul's writings, as in all the rest of the New Testament, showing the warm exuberance of Paul's spirit.

according to the power—the indwelling Spirit (Ro 8:26). He appeals to their and his experience.

Ephesians 3:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Prayer for the Ephesians
19and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. 20Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Cross References
1 Kings 3:13
Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for--both wealth and honor--so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.

Romans 16:25
Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past,

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Ephesians 3:7
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power.
Treasury of Scripture

Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

able.

Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to …

Genesis 18:4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and …

2 Chronicles 25:9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the …

Jeremiah 32:17,27 Ah Lord GOD! behold, you have made the heaven and the earth by your …

Daniel 3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the …

Daniel 6:20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice to …

Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: …

John 10:29,30 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is …

Romans 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able …

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, …

Hebrews 7:25 Why he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God …

Hebrews 11:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; …

Hebrews 13:20,21 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, …

James 4:12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who are …

Jude 1:24 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present …

exceeding.

Exodus 34:6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The …

2 Samuel 7:19 And this was yet a small thing in your sight, O Lord GOD; but you …

1 Kings 3:13 And I have also given you that which you have not asked, both riches, …

Psalm 36:8,9 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of your house; …

Songs 5:1 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my …

Isaiah 35:2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: …

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: …

John 10:10 The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: …

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have …

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

2 Peter 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the …

according.

Ephesians 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace …

Ephesians 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, …

Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which …

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