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.

Berean Study Bible
Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children,

Berean Literal Bible
Be imitators of God, therefore, 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

New Heart English Bible
Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved 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.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;

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,
Study Bible
Imitators of God
1Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, 2and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.…
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 tender-hearted to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.

Philippians 2:15
so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world
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 …

V.

(1, 2) These verses are an expansion and enforcement of the last verse of Ephesians 4. There the forgiveness of "God in Christ" is set forth in one pregnant phrase. Here the two parts of this idea are divided; and there is put before us, first, the free universal love of God as our Father, and next, the self-sacrificing love of Christ, as the Son of God and man.

(1) Followers of God.--The phrase is unique and very striking; literally, imitators of God: and the word "therefore" implies that this imitation of God must be chiefly in His essential attribute of love. It is instructive to observe that our Lord's startling command, "Be ye therefore perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48), is explained both by the context and the parallel passage in St. Luke (Luke 6:36) to mean, "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father in heaven is merciful." See in Hooker's Ecc. Pol., i. 5, a striking passage on the imitation of God as the law of all moral progress in man. In this idea, indeed, lies the essential and distinctive principle of a religious morality as such.

As dear children.--Literally, as children beloved of Him. The knowledge of the love of God to us is the first source, as of our love to Him (1John 4:19), so also of our love to men as brethren under His fatherhood (1John 4:11). As being His "children," and therefore partakers of the divine nature (2Peter 1:4), we can imitate Him; as His "beloved children" we imitate Him most naturally in love, and especially in that form of love which we call "mercy," and which, as being ourselves sinners, we especially crave and receive from Him.

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. 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? 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].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.
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