Ephesians 5:22
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New International Version
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.

New Living Translation
For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord.

English Standard Version
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

Berean Study Bible
Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.

Berean Literal Bible
wives, to the own husbands as to the Lord;

New American Standard Bible
Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

King James Bible
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord,

International Standard Version
Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as to the Lord.

NET Bible
Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord,

New Heart English Bible
Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Wives, be subject to your husbands as to Our Lord,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wives, place yourselves under your husbands' authority as you have placed yourselves under the Lord's authority.

New American Standard 1977
Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husband, as unto the Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

American King James Version
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

American Standard Version
Wives, be in subjection unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord:

Darby Bible Translation
Wives, [submit yourselves] to your own husbands, as to the Lord,

English Revised Version
Wives, be in subjection unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

Weymouth New Testament
Married women, submit to your own husbands as if to the Lord;

World English Bible
Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

Young's Literal Translation
The wives! to your own husbands subject yourselves, as to the Lord,
Study Bible
Wives and Husbands
21Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Savior.…
Cross References
Esther 1:20
"When the king's edict which he will make is heard throughout all his kingdom, great as it is, then all women will give honor to their husbands, great and small."

Esther 1:22
So he sent letters to all the king's provinces, to each province according to its script and to every people according to their language, that every man should be the master in his own house and the one who speaks in the language of his own people.

1 Corinthians 14:34
women are to be silent in the churches. They are not permitted to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says.

Ephesians 6:5
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear and sincerity of heart, just as you would show to Christ.

Colossians 3:1
Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

Colossians 3:18
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

Titus 2:5
to be self-controlled, pure, managers of their households, kind, and subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be discredited.

1 Peter 3:1
Wives, in the same way, submit yourselves to your husbands, so that even if they refuse to believe the word, they will be won over without words by the behavior of their wives
Treasury of Scripture

Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord.


Ephesians 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be …

Genesis 3:16 To the woman he said, I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your …

Esther 1:16-18,20 And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the …

1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted …

Colossians 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

1 Timothy 2:11,12 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection…

Titus 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their …

1 Peter 3:1-6 Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, …


Ephesians 6:5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to …

Colossians 3:22,23 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; …

[5.Practical Exhortation continued (Ephesians 5:22 to Ephesians 6:9).


(a)Between husbands and wives--a relation which is a type of the unity between Christ and His Church (Ephesians 5:22-33).

(b) Between parents and children--a relation hallowed as existing "in the Lord" (Ephesians 6:1-4).

(c)Between masters and servants--a relation softened and deepened by common service to the one Master (Ephesians 6:5-9).]

(4 a.) In Ephesians 5:22-33. St. Paul passes from warning against special sins to consider the three great relations of life, first considered as "subjections," and so illustrating the general precept of submission in Ephesians 5:21, but ultimately viewed in their reciprocity of mutual obligations and rights. First, accordingly, he dwells on the relation of marriage, declaring it to be hallowed as a type of the unity of Christ with His Church, and hence drawing the inference of the duty of free obedience in the wife, and of self-sacrificing love in the husband. This passage may be held to contain the complete and normal doctrine of the New Testament on this great question, written at a time when Christianity had already begun to exalt and purify the nuptial tie; and it is instructive to compare it with 1 Corinthians 7, written for "the present distress," glancing not obscurely at marriage with unbelievers, and adapted to the condition of a proverbially profligate society, as yet scarcely raised above the low heathen ideas of marriage.

(22) Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands.--The same exhortation is found in Colossians 3:18; Titus 2:5; 1Peter 3:1-6; and besides these formal exhortations there is distinct and emphatic declaration of the "subjection of women" in 1Corinthians 11:3; 1Corinthians 11:7-9; 1Corinthians 14:34-35; 1Timothy 2:11-12. Probably the sense of that fundamental equality in Christ, in which (see Galatians 3:28) "there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female," while it was rightly accepted as showing that there is no spiritual inferiority in woman--such as Oriental theory asserted, and even Greek and corrupt Roman practice implied--was perverted to the denial of the greater natural weakness of woman, from which subordination comes, and to the foolish and reckless disregard of all social conventions. St. Paul, as usual, brings out the simple truth of principle, sanctioning whatever is fundamental and natural in woman's subordination, and leaving the artificial enactments of law or custom to grow by degrees into accordance with it. The principle of subordination is permanent; the special regulations of it in the world or in the Church must vary as circumstances change.

As unto the Lord.--These words are explained by the next verse. In Colossians 3:18 we have the less emphatic phrase, "as it is fitting in the Lord."

Verse 22.-Ephesians 6:9. - EXHORTATION TO RELATIVE DUTIES. Verse 22. - Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord. Though ChristianiWives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands,.... This is an instance, explaining the above general rule; which subjection lies in honour and reverence, Ephesians 5:33, and in obedience; they should think well of their husbands, speak becomingly to them, and respectfully of them; the wife should take care of the family, and family affairs, according to the husband's will; should imitate him in what is good, and bear with that which is not so agreeable; she should not curiously inquire into his business, but leave the management of it to him; she should help and assist in caring and providing for the family; and should abide with him in prosperity and adversity, and do nothing without his will and consent: and this subjection is only to her husband; not to any other man, nor to her children, nor to her servants, or any brought into her house; and this consideration should render the subjection more easy, voluntary, and cheerful: and which is but reasonable that it should be; as may be gathered from the time, matter, and end of the woman's creation, she was made after him, out of him, and for him; and from her fall, and being first in the transgression; and from her being the weaker and inferior sex; and from the profitableness and comeliness of it; and the credit of religion requires it, that so the word of God be not blasphemed: wherefore it follows,

as unto the Lord; that is, either as the Lord has commanded, that so it should be, showing a regard to his precepts; or as in the sight of the Lord, and so yielding it sincerely and heartily; or in things pertaining to the Lord, which are consistent with the law of the Lord, and the Gospel of Christ; and in like manner as the church is subject to Christ, her Lord and husband, as follows. 22. (Eph 6:9.) The Church's relation to Christ in His everlasting purpose, is the foundation and archetype of the three greatest of earthly relations, that of husband and wife (Eph 5:22-33), parent and child (Eph 6:1-4), master and servant (Eph 6:4-9). The oldest manuscripts omit "submit yourselves"; supplying it from Eph 5:21, "Ye wives (submitting yourselves) unto your own husbands." "Your own" is an argument for submissiveness on the part of the wives; it is not a stranger, but your own husbands whom you are called on to submit unto (compare Ge 3:16; 1Co 7:2; 14:34; Col 3:18; Tit 2:5; 1Pe 3:1-7). Those subject ought to submit themselves, of whatever kind their superiors are. "Submit" is the term used of wives: "obey," of children (Eph 6:1), as there is a greater equality between wives and husbands, than between children and parents.

as unto the Lord—Submissiveness is rendered by the wife to the husband under the eye of Christ, and so is rendered to Christ Himself. The husband stands to the wife in the relation that the Lord does to the Church, and this is to be the ground of her submission: though that submission is inferior in kind and degree to that which she owes Christ (Eph 5:24).5:22-33 The duty of wives is, submission to their husbands in the Lord, which includes honouring and obeying them, from a principle of love to them. The duty of husbands is to love their wives. The love of Christ to the church is an example, which is sincere, pure, and constant, notwithstanding her failures. Christ gave himself for the church, that he might sanctify it in this world, and glorify it in the next, that he might bestow on all his members a principle of holiness, and deliver them from the guilt, the pollution, and the dominion of sin, by those influences of the Holy Spirit, of which baptismal water was the outward sign. The church and believers will not be without spot or wrinkle till they come to glory. But those only who are sanctified now, shall be glorified hereafter. The words of Adam, mentioned by the apostle, are spoken literally of marriage; but they have also a hidden sense in them, relating to the union between Christ and his church. It was a kind of type, as having resemblance. There will be failures and defects on both sides, in the present state of human nature, yet this does not alter the relation. All the duties of marriage are included in unity and love. And while we adore and rejoice in the condescending love of Christ, let husbands and wives learn hence their duties to each other. Thus the worst evils would be prevented, and many painful effects would be avoided.
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