Ephesians 4:3
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New International Version
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

New Living Translation
Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

English Standard Version
eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

New American Standard Bible
being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

King James Bible
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us.

International Standard Version
Do your best to maintain the unity of the Spirit by means of the bond of peace.

NET Bible
making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And to be diligent to keep the harmony of The Spirit in the bonds of peace,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Through the peace that ties you together, do your best to maintain the unity that the Spirit gives.

Jubilee Bible 2000
being diligent to guard the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

King James 2000 Bible
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

American King James Version
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

American Standard Version
giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Darby Bible Translation
using diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace.

English Revised Version
giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Webster's Bible Translation
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Weymouth New Testament
in the uniting bond of peace, the unity given by the Spirit.

World English Bible
being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Young's Literal Translation
being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of the peace;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-6 Nothing is pressed more earnestly in the Scriptures, than to walk as becomes those called to Christ's kingdom and glory. By lowliness, understand humility, which is opposed to pride. By meekness, that excellent disposition of soul, which makes men unwilling to provoke, and not easily to be provoked or offended. We find much in ourselves for which we can hardly forgive ourselves; therefore we must not be surprised if we find in others that which we think it hard to forgive. There is one Christ in whom all believers hope, and one heaven they are all hoping for; therefore they should be of one heart. They had all one faith, as to its object, Author, nature, and power. They all believed the same as to the great truths of religion; they had all been admitted into the church by one baptism, with water, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, as the sign of regeneration. In all believers God the Father dwells, as in his holy temple, by his Spirit and special grace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Striving to keep the unity of the Spirit. Σπουδάζοντες is stronger than the A.V. "endeavoring," and denotes an object to be carefully and earnestly watched for and promoted. "The unity of the Spirit" is equivalent to the unity of which the Spirit is the Author. In all in whom he works savingly, the Spirit produces a certain oneness in faith, in repentance, in knowledge, in their views of sin, grace, Christ, the world, etc. This oneness exists, and cannot but exist, even when Christians are not careful of it, but the manifestation of it is lost; it seems to the world as if there were no such oneness. "Many men, many minds," says the world, when believers differ much and contend much, and are at no pains to preserve and manifest the unity wrought by the Spirit. It is due to the Spirit, as well as to the interests of the kingdom of God, that the unity of the Spirit be maintained in the bond of peace. The genitive, εἰρήυης, is commonly held to be that of apposition, the bond which consists of peace - a peace-loving spirit, a spirit laying more stress on the points in which Christians agree than those in which they differ. Those who are combative, censorious, careless of peace, do not walk worthy of their vocation.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit,.... That is, a spiritual union: there is an union between God and his people, and between Christ and his members, and between saints and saints, and the bond of each union is love; and that it is which knits and cements them together; and it is the last of these which is here intended: the saints are united under one head, and are members of one and the same body, and should be of the same mind and judgment, and of one accord, heart, and affection: and this may be called "the unity of the Spirit"; because it is an union of spirits, of the spirits or souls of men; and that in spiritual affairs, in the spiritual exercises of religion; and it is effected by the Spirit of God, by whom they are baptized into one body. Now to endeavour or study to keep and preserve this, supposes that this union does already exist; that it is very valuable, as making much for the glory of God, the mutual comfort and delight of saints, and is worth taking some pains about; and that it is very difficult to secure, there being so many things which frequently arise, and break in upon it, through the devices of Satan, and the corruptions of men's hearts: but though it is difficult, and may sometimes seem to be impossible, yet it becomes the saints to be diligent in the use of means to keep it up, and continue it; and which they may be said to endeavour after, when they abide with one another, and do not forsake each other upon every occasion; when they perform all offices of love to one another, and stir up each other to the like: and the way and manner in which this is to be kept, is

in the bond of peace: the Arabic version reads, "by the bond of love and peace": by maintaining peace among themselves, and seeking those things which tend to, and make for peace, and spiritual edification; and which is called a bond, in allusion to the Greek word used, which comes from one that signifies to knit, join, and bind together, and because it is of a knitting and uniting nature. Now so to act is to walk worthy of calling grace, or agreeably to it: peace is what the saints are called unto in the effectual calling: and what is suitable to God, who is the God of peace; and to Christ, who is the Prince of peace; and to the Holy Spirit, whose fruit is peace; and to the Gospel, which is the Gospel of peace; and to the character which the saints bear, which is that of sons of peace.



Ephesians 4:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Unity in the Body
2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;…
Cross References
Ephesians 4:13
until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Colossians 3:14
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Treasury of Scripture

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John 17:21-23 That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, …

Romans 14:17-19 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, …

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, …

1 Corinthians 12:12,13 For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members …

2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of …

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1 Thessalonians 5:13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And …

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall …

James 3:17,18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

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