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.

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,

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.

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,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22.-Ephesians 6:9. - EXHORTATION TO RELATIVE DUTIES. Verse 22. - Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord. Though Christiani

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wives, 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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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).

Ephesians 5:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
Wives and Husbands
22Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.…
Cross References
Esther 1:20
Then when the king's edict is proclaimed throughout all his vast realm, all the women will respect their husbands, from the least to the greatest."

Esther 1:22
He sent dispatches to all parts of the kingdom, to each province in its own script and to each people in their own language, proclaiming that every man should be ruler over his own household, using his native tongue.

1 Corinthians 14:34
Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.

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

Colossians 3:1
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

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

Titus 2:5
to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

1 Peter 3:1
Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives,
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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 …

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

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