Ephesians 5:25
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New International Version
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

New Living Translation
For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her

English Standard Version
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

Berean Study Bible
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her

Berean Literal Bible
Husbands, love the wives just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

New American Standard Bible
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

King James Bible
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her

International Standard Version
Husbands, love your wives as the Messiah loved the church and gave himself for it,

NET Bible
Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her

New Heart English Bible
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Husbands, love your wives, as The Messiah also loves his church and gave himself up for her sake,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it.

New American Standard 1977
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Husbands, love your wives even as the Christ also loved the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} and gave himself for her,

King James 2000 Bible
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

American King James Version
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

American Standard Version
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it:

Darby Bible Translation
Husbands, love your own wives, even as the Christ also loved the assembly, and has delivered himself up for it,

English Revised Version
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it;

Webster's Bible Translation
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Weymouth New Testament
Married men, love your wives, as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself up to death for her;

World English Bible
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it;

Young's Literal Translation
The husbands! love your own wives, as also the Christ did love the assembly, and did give himself for it,
Study Bible
Wives and Husbands
24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her 26to sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,…
Cross References
Ephesians 5:2
and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.

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

Ephesians 5:28
In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Ephesians 5:33
Nevertheless, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Colossians 3:19
Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

1 Peter 3:7
Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as a delicate vessel, and with honor as fellow heirs of the gracious gift of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.
Treasury of Scripture

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

love.

Ephesians 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves …

Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall …

Genesis 24:67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, …

2 Samuel 12:3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he …

Proverbs 5:18,19 Let your fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of your youth…

Colossians 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, you husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving …

loved.

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, …

Luke 22:19,20 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave to them, …

John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat …

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

Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this …

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ …

1 Timothy 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

1 Peter 1:18-21 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible …

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

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

(25) Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church.--The love of Christ for His Church is such that He counts Himself incomplete without her (Ephesians 1:23), and raises her to be one with Himself; that He bears with her weakness and frailty; that He draws her on by the cords of love; and that He gives up Himself for her. Only so far as the husband shows the like love in perfect sympathy, in chivalrous forbearance, in abhorrence of tyranny, in willingness to self-sacrifice, has he any right to claim lordship.

And gave himself for it.--Here, as before, the antitype transcends the type. In the character of our Lord's sacrifice, as an atonement offered "for" the Church, and in the regenerating and cleansing effect of that sacrifice (see next verse), none can approach Him. The husband may be said to give himself for his wife, but it cannot be in any higher sense than as taking the chief share of the burden, and if possible the pain, of life for her. He may follow Christ in love, and in that alone. Compare St. Paul's words in Colossians 1:24, "I fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ for His body's sake, which is the Church" (where see Note).

(25-27) In these verses we trace, under the nuptial metaphor, a clear description of the three great stages in salvation--justification in His "giving Himself for us, sanctification in the "cleansing by water in the Word," glorification in the final "presentation" to Christ in glory. The metaphor is certainly preserved in the last two clauses, which correspond to the bath of purification of the bride, and the festal presentation of her (usually by the friend of the bridegroom, John 3:29), in all her beauty and adornment, to her husband at his own home; perhaps even in the first also, for the husband used to give a dowry, which was held in the rude simplicity of ancient times to purchase his wife, and here that which Christ gives is the unspeakable price of His own Self. Throughout, in accordance with the whole tenor of the Epistle, it is the Church as a whole, not the individual soul, which is "the Spouse of Christ."

Verse 25. - Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for her. The husband's duty to the wife is enforced by another parallel - it ought to correspond to Christ's love for the Church. This parallel restores the balance; if it should seem hard for the wife to be in subjection, the spirit of love, Christ-like love, on the part of the husband makes the duty easy. Christ did not merely pity the Church, or merely desire her good, but loved her; her image was stamped on his heart and her name graven on his hands; he desired to have her for his companion, longing for a return of her affection, for the establishment of sympathy between her and him. And he gave himself for her (comp. ver. 2), showing that her happiness and welfare were dearer to him than his own - the true test of deep, real love. Husbands, love your wives,.... Which consists in a strong and cordial affection for them; in a real delight and pleasure in them; in showing respect, and doing honour to them; in seeking their contentment, satisfaction, and pleasure; in a quiet, constant, and comfortable dwelling with them; in providing all things necessary for them; in protecting them from all injuries and abuses; in concealing their faults, and covering their infirmities; in entertaining the best opinion of their persons and actions; and in endeavouring to promote their spiritual good and welfare: this love ought to be hearty and sincere, and not feigned and selfish; it should be shown in private, as well as in public: it should be chaste and single, constant and perpetual; it should exceed that which is bore to neighbours, or even to parents, and should be equal to that a man bears to himself; though not so as to hinder, and break in upon love to God and Christ: many are the reasons why husbands should love their wives; they are given to be helps unto them; they are companions of them; they are wives of covenant; they are their own wives, yea, their own bodies, their own flesh, nay, as themselves; they are their image and their glory; and especially the example of Christ, in his love to his church and people, should engage to it:

even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it: See Gill on Ephesians 5:2; the Syriac and Ethiopic versions read, "his own church"; his bride and spouse, whom he betrothed to himself from all eternity, the Father having given her to him; and is no other than the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven, even all the elect of God. 25. "Thou hast seen the measure of obedience; now hear also the measure of love. Do you wish your wife to obey you, as the Church is to obey Christ? Then have a solicitude for her as Christ had for the Church (Eph 5:23, "Himself the Saviour of the body"); and "if it be necessary to give thy life for her, or to be cut in ten thousand pieces, or to endure any other suffering whatever, do not refuse it; and if you suffer thus, not even so do you do what Christ has done; for you indeed do so being already united to her, but He did so for one that treated Him with aversion and hatred. As, therefore, He brought to His feet one that so treated Him, and that even wantonly spurned Him, by much tenderness of regard, not by threats, insults, and terror: so also do you act towards your wife, and though you see her disdainful and wantonly wayward, you will be able to bring her to your feet by much thoughtfulness for her, by love, by kindness. For no bound is more sovereign in binding than such bonds, especially in the case of husband and wife. For one may constrain a servant by fear, though not even he is so to be bound to you; for he may readily run away. But the companion of your life, the mother of your children, the basis of all your joy, you ought to bind to you, not by fear and threats, but by love and attachment" [Chrysostom].

gave himself—Greek, "gave Himself up."

for it—Translate, "for her." The relation of the Church to Christ is the ground of Christianity's having raised woman to her due place in the social scale, from which she was, and is, excluded in heathen lands.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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