Ephesians 5:1
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New International Version
Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children

New Living Translation
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.

English Standard Version
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;

King James Bible
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children.

International Standard Version
So be imitators of God, as his dear children.

NET Bible
Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Imitate God, since you are the children he loves.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Be ye therefore imitators of God, as dear children

King James 2000 Bible
Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;

American King James Version
Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;

American Standard Version
Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be ye therefore followers of God, as most dear children;

Darby Bible Translation
Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children,

English Revised Version
Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children;

Webster's Bible Translation
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore be imitators of God, as His dear children.

World English Bible
Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children.

Young's Literal Translation
Become, then, followers of God, as children beloved,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:1,2 Because God, for Christ's sake, has forgiven you, therefore be ye followers of God, imitators of God. Resemble him especially in his love and pardoning goodness, as becomes those beloved by their heavenly Father. In Christ's sacrifice his love triumphs, and we are to consider it fully.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Be ye therefore imitators of God, as children beloved. These words are closely connected with the preceding. In Ephesians 4:32 he had urged the example of God in one very momentous matter; he now urges it in a more general sense and on another ground. We ought to forgive men because God has forgiven us - all admit that; but moreover, we ought to imitate our Father in his forgiveness and in his loving spirit, be-because beloved children should always imitate, and will always strive to imitate, what is good in a beloved father. Forgiving love is one of the great glories of our Father; it has been made peculiarly attractive in our eyes, because it has been exercised by him towards us; every consideration, therefore, ought to induce us to show the same spirit.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Be ye therefore followers of God,.... Not in his works of infinite wisdom and almighty power, which is impossible; but in acts of righteousness and holiness, and particularly in acts of mercy, goodness, and beneficence; as in forgiving injuries and offences, and in freely distributing to the necessities of the saints; as the connection of the words with the preceding chapter, and the instance and example in the following verse show: and this should be done by the saints,

as dear children; and because they are such by adopting grace; being predestinated unto the adoption of children, in the eternal purpose of God, and taken into that relation in the covenant of grace; and which is declared and made manifest in regeneration, and by faith in Christ Jesus: and they are dear, or beloved children, being loved with an everlasting and unchangeable love, and which is the spring and source of their adoption; and their being dear to him is seen by what he is unto them, their covenant God and Father; and by what he has done for them, in giving his Son to them, and for them; as well as in choosing, calling, and quickening them by his grace, and by the account he makes of them, as his jewels, his peculiar treasure, and the apple of his eye; and by the pity and compassion he has for them, and the care he takes of them; and therefore it becomes them to imitate him; for who should they imitate and follow after, but their Father, and especially when they are so dear unto him?

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 5

Eph 5:1-33. Exhortations to Love: And against Carnal Lusts and Communications. Circumspection in Walk: Redeeming the Time: Being Filled with the Spirit: Singing to the Lord with Thankfulness: The Wife's Duty to the Husband Rests on that of the Church to Christ.

1. therefore—seeing that "God in Christ forgave you" (Eph 4:32).

followers—Greek, "imitators" of God, in respect to "love" (Eph 5:2): God's essential character (1Jo 4:16).

as dear children—Greek, "as children beloved"; to which Eph 5:2 refers, "As Christ also loved us" (1Jo 4:19). "We are sons of men, when we do ill; sons of God, when we do well" [Augustine, on Psalm 52]; (compare Mt 5:44, 45, 48). Sonship infers an absolute necessity of imitation, it being vain to assume the title of son without any similitude of the Father [Pearson].

Ephesians 5:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Imitators of God
1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:48
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Luke 6:36
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Philippians 2:15
so that you may become blameless and pure, "children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation." Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
Treasury of Scripture

Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;

followers.

Ephesians 4:32 And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, …

Leviticus 11:45 For I am the LORD that brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to …

Matthew 5:45,48 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for …

Luke 6:35,36 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing …

1 Peter 1:15,16 But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner …

1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

as.

Jeremiah 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spoke …

Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of …

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the …

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

1 John 3:1,2 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we …

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