Ephesians 5:29
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New International Version
After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church--

New Living Translation
No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.

English Standard Version
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,

Berean Study Bible
Indeed, no one ever hated his own body, but he nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church.

Berean Literal Bible
For no one at any time hated his flesh. But he nourishes and cherishes it just as Christ also does the church.

New American Standard Bible
for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,

King James Bible
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For no one ever hates his own flesh but provides and cares for it, just as Christ does for the church,

International Standard Version
For no one has ever hated his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, as the Messiah does the church.

NET Bible
For no one has ever hated his own body but he feeds it and takes care of it, just as Christ also does the church,

New Heart English Bible
For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ also does the church;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For no man ever hated his own body, but he nourishes and cares for his own, just as The Messiah does also for his church.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No one ever hated his own body. Instead, he feeds and takes care of it, as Christ takes care of the church.

New American Standard 1977
for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it even as the Lord with his congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}:

King James 2000 Bible
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church:

American King James Version
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church:

American Standard Version
for no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as Christ also the church;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church:

Darby Bible Translation
For no one has ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, even as also the Christ the assembly:

English Revised Version
for no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as Christ also the church;

Webster's Bible Translation
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

Weymouth New Testament
For never yet has a man hated his own body. On the contrary he feeds and cherishes it, just as Christ feeds and cherishes the Church;

World English Bible
For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord also does the assembly;

Young's Literal Translation
for no one ever his own flesh did hate, but doth nourish and cherish it, as also the Lord -- the assembly,
Study Bible
Wives and Husbands
28In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29Indeed, no one ever hated his own body, but he nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church. 30For we are members of His body.…
Cross References
Genesis 2:23
The man said, "This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man."

Matthew 6:26
Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns--and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

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 5:30
For we are members of His body.
Treasury of Scripture

For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church:

hated.

Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall …

Proverbs 11:17 The merciful man does good to his own soul: but he that is cruel …

Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool folds his hands together, and eats his own flesh.

Romans 1:31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, …

nourisheth.

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs …

Ezekiel 34:14,15,27 I will feed them in a good pasture, and on the high mountains of …

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them …

John 6:50-58 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat …

(29) His own flesh--i.e., as above (Ephesians 5:28), his own body. There are two parts of the natural care for our own bodies; first, "to nourish" (properly, to rear them up from childhood, as in Ephesians 6:4), and then "to cherish" (literally, to keep them warm), to provide all they need for health, and comfort, and life. In all that corresponds to both, the husband is to show love to the wife, not only as a self, but as a weaker self, for whom he is bound to think and to act. It may be noted in passing that the very comparison accords with the Christian idea of the body as a part of the true self, redeemed to be a temple of God; and is utterly incongruous with the Gnostic conceptions (already beginning at Coloss, probably not unknown in other Asiatic churches) of all matter as the source of evil, and of the body as that for which the spirit should not deign to care.

(29, 30) Even as the Lord the church: for we . . .--Again St. Paul escapes from the type to rest on the Antitype (see Ephesians 5:32). The idea of the natural rearing and cherishing the body suggests the thought of the tender care of Christ, in which He "rears up" His Church from weak infancy to full maturity in heaven, and all the while "cherishes it (comp. 1Thessalonians 2:7, spoken of His servants) as a nurse cherisheth her children," "carrying it in His bosom" (Isaiah 40:11), comforting and cheering its childlike weakness. Hence he goes back again to speak with great and special emphasis of our unity with Him.

Of his flesh, and of his bones.--Literally, made out of His flesh and bones--parts, that is, of His glorified body, having "flesh and bones" (Luke 24:39). The expression is unique, suggested, of course, by Genesis 2:23, "This is now bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh," but designed to bring out in a startling emphasis the true meaning of the familiar phrase, "the members of His body." We are grafted into Him. What we grow to be is, so to speak, the product of His divine substance, proceeding from the indwelling life which gradually forms the organised limbs.

Verse 29. - For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as Christ also the Church. To hate one's wife is as irrational as to hate one's own flesh, and as, on the other hand, men constantly nourish and cherish their flesh, protecting it from hurt, seeking to heal it when hurt, and generally to promote its welfare and comfort, so ought husbands to act towards their wives. In this aspect of the case, too, the sharp eye of the apostle finds an analogy between the relation of the wife to the husband and that of the Church to Christ, expanded in the next verso. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh,.... This is unnatural, contrary to the first principles of nature; see Isaiah 58:7; which the (u) Jews understand of one that is near akin, and there is none nearer than a wife:

but nourisheth and cherisheth it; feeds and clothes it:

even as the Lord the church; who never hated her, but nourishes and cherishes her: Christ never hated his church and people; for his love is not only a love of benevolence, but of complacency and delight: there is a difference between anger and hatred, Christ may be angry with them, but not hate them; and there is a difference between persons and actions, Christ may hate their actions, but not their persons; and there is a difference between desert and fact, they may be deserving of his wrath and hatred, but are not the objects of it in fact; and there is a difference between what is real, and what is imaginary, they may imagine themselves to be hated by him, when they are not; and there is a difference between hatred, and a non-discovery of love, Christ may not manifest his love, and yet not hate; as he never does his own people, for his love is everlasting and unchangeable: and he "nourishes" them, as a father his child, as a shepherd his flock, and as an husband his wife; he feeds them with that which is nourishing, and with himself the bread of life, with his covenant and promises, with the Gospel and the doctrines of it, and with his love and grace; and by his Spirit, ministers, word, and ordinances: and he "cherishes" them, he grants them near and intimate communion with himself, than which nothing is more desirable by them, or joyful to them; nor is there anything that more revives and encourages faith, hope, and love; he clothes them suitable to their dignity and character, as his spouse and bride; and with which they are well contented, and in which they look exceeding comely in his sight: these phrases are expressive of the whole care Christ takes of his church, in furnishing her with everything pertaining to life and godliness; for her comfort and happiness in this world, and that to come: instead of the Lord, the Alexandrian copy, and some others, the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions read, Christ; and the Arabic version reads, "as the Lord loves the church".

(u) Jarchi in loc. & R. Sol. Urbin. in Ohel Moed, fol. 85. 1.29. For—Supply, and we all love ourselves: "For no man," etc.

his own flesh—(Eph 5:31, end).

nourisheth—Greek, "nourisheth it up," namely, to maturity. "Nourisheth," refers to food and internal sustenance; "cherisheth," to clothing and external fostering.

even as—Translate, "even as also."

the Lord—The oldest manuscripts read, "Christ." Ex 21:10 prescribes three duties to the husband. The two former (food and raiment) are here alluded to in a spiritual sense, by "nourisheth and cherisheth"; the third "duty of marriage" is not added in consonance with the holy propriety of Scripture language: its antitype is, "know the Lord" (Ho 2:19, 20) [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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