Ephesians 5:23
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New International Version
For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

New Living Translation
For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church.

English Standard Version
For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.

Berean Study Bible
For the husband is head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Savior.

Berean Literal Bible
for the husband is head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church, He Himself Savior of the body.

New American Standard Bible
For 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.

King James Bible
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body.

International Standard Version
For the husband is the head of his wife as the Messiah is the head of the church. It is he who is the Savior of the body.

NET Bible
because the husband is the head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church--he himself being the savior of the body.

New Heart English Bible
For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the church, being himself the savior of the body.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the man is the head of the woman just as The Messiah is also The Head of the church and he is The Savior of the body.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. It is his body, and he is its Savior.

New American Standard 1977
For 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the husband is the head of the wife even as the Christ is head of the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}, and it is he who gives saving health to the body.

King James 2000 Bible
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

American King James Version
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

American Standard Version
For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the church, being himself the saviour of the body.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the saviour of his body.

Darby Bible Translation
for a husband is head of the wife, as also the Christ [is] head of the assembly. He [is] Saviour of the body.

English Revised Version
For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, being himself the saviour of the body.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Savior of the body.

Weymouth New Testament
because a husband is the Head of his wife as Christ also is the Head of the Church, being indeed the Saviour of this His Body.

World English Bible
For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the assembly, being himself the savior of the body.

Young's Literal Translation
because the husband is head of the wife, as also the Christ is head of the assembly, and he is saviour of the body,
Study Bible
Wives and Husbands
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. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 6:13
"Food for the stomach and the stomach for food," but God will destroy them both. The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

1 Corinthians 11:3
But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

Ephesians 1:22
And God put everything under His feet and made Him head over everything for the church,

Ephesians 5:24
Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Revelation 19:7
Let us rejoice and celebrate and give Him the glory. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.
Treasury of Scripture

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

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1 Corinthians 11:3-10 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; …

even.

Ephesians 1:22,23 And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head …

Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, …

Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, …

he.

Ephesians 5:25,26 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, …

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the …

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, …

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, …

(23) For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church.--It is instructive to compare this with the partly similar passage in 1Corinthians 11:3. There "the head of the woman is the man," as here; but "the head of every man (individually) is Christ," considered in His human nature; and finally, "the Head of Christ," as the Son of Man, "is God." There, accordingly, "headship" is simple lordship; the woman is subject to the man, the man is subject to Christ alone; Christ as the Son is subject to the Father. Here, on the other hand, we note, first, that in accordance with the general idea of the Epistle, the headship of Christ over the Church at large takes the place of His headship over the individual; next, that from the idea of His headship so conceived is derived the further idea of a spiritual unity, involving self-sacrifice in the head, as well as obedience to the head; and, lastly, that since the very idea of unity in Christ is unity with God, there is nothing to correspond to the third clause in the former Epistle.

(23, 24) And he is the saviour of the body. Therefore . . .--The words "and" and "is" are wrongly inserted, and the word "therefore" is absolutely an error, evading the difficulty of the passage. It should be, He Himself being the Saviour of the Body. But . . . This clause, in which the words "He Himself" are emphatic, notes (as if in order to guard against too literal acceptation of the comparison) that "Christ" (and He alone) is not only Head, but "Saviour of the Body," i.e., "of His body the Church," not only teaching and ruling it, but by His unity infusing into it the new life of justification and sanctification. Here no husband can be like Him, and therefore none can claim the absolute dependence of faith which is His of right. Accordingly St. Paul adds the word "But." Though "this is so," yet "still let the wives," &c.

As the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.--The subjection of the Church of Christ is a free subjection, arising out of faith in His absolute wisdom and goodness, and of love for His unspeakable love. Hence we gather (1) that the subordination of the wife is not that of the slave, by. compulsion and fear, but one which arises from and preserves freedom; next (2), that it can exist, or at any rate can endure, only on condition of superior wisdom and goodness and love in the husband; thirdly (3), that while it is like the higher subordination in kind, it cannot be equally perfect in degree--while it is real "in everything," it can be absolute in nothing. The antitype is, as usual, greater than the type.

Verse 23. - For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the Head of the Church. The woman was made for the man (Genesis 2:18; 1 Timothy 2:13), showing the Divine purpose that the man should be the head and center of the household, and that the position of the wife, as wife, should be one of subordination. Parallel to this arrangement is the relation of Christ to the Church. In words, at least, all admit the headship of Christ, and the subordination of the Church to him. The Christian household, on a much lower level, should exemplify the same relation. Being himself savior of the body. This is not said by way of contrast, but still by way of parallel. The very saviorship of Christ should find an analogy in the Christian husband. The husband should be the ever-vigilant and self-denying protector, guardian, deliverer, of his family, though his saving power can never come near the high level of Christ's A husband reckless of these obligations virtually ceases to have any claim on the subjection of the wife and the family. The very comparison of the husband to the Savior implies that, while there is a certain analogy, there is a still greater contrast. This is implied in the first word of the following verse. Between the lines we read this thought: "Not that the parallel between Christ's saving function and the husband's extends to the highest things." For the husband is the head of the wife,.... See Gill on 1 Corinthians 11:3.

Even as Christ is the head of the church; all the elect; See Gill on Ephesians 1:22. And he is the Saviour of the body; not "of our body", as the Ethiopic version reads, of that part of man, which is called the body; though that indeed is redeemed and saved by Christ, as well as the soul; but "of his body", as the Vulgate Latin version reads; that is, of the church, which is his body; see Ephesians 1:23; of which he is the Saviour; he provides everything for it, preserves and protects it, and has wrought out salvation for it, which every member of it partakes of. 23. (1Co 11:3.)

even as—Greek, "as also."

and he is—The oldest manuscripts read, "Himself (being) Saviour," omitting "and," and "is." In Christ's case, the Headship is united with, nay gained by, His having SAVED the body in the process of redemption; so that (Paul implies) I am not alleging Christ's Headship as one entirely identical with that other, for He has a claim to it, and office in it, peculiar to Himself [Alford]. The husband is not saviour of the wife, in which particular Christ excels; hence, "But" (Eph 5:24) follows [Bengel].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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