Ephesians 5:30
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New International Version
for we are members of his body.

New Living Translation
And we are members of his body.

English Standard Version
because we are members of his body.

New American Standard Bible
because we are members of His body.

King James Bible
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
since we are members of His body.

International Standard Version
For we are parts of his body—of his flesh and of his bones.

NET Bible
for we are members of his body.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because we are members of his body and we are of his flesh and of his bones.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We are parts of his body.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

King James 2000 Bible
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

American King James Version
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

American Standard Version
because we are members of his body.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Darby Bible Translation
for we are members of his body; [we are of his flesh, and of his bones.]

English Revised Version
because we are members of his body.

Webster's Bible Translation
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Weymouth New Testament
because we are, as it were, parts of His Body.

World English Bible
because we are members of his body, of his flesh and bones.

Young's Literal Translation
because members we are of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones;
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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 30. - For we are members of his body [being], of his flesh, and of his bones (the last seven words omitted in many manuscripts and in the R.V.). The reference is to the original formation of woman as narrated in Genesis 2. Her very name indicated that she was "taken from man." She was taken from him and given to him. So the Church is taken from Christ and given to him. Taken from his body, sprung from his incarnation and his crucifixion and resurrection, the spiritual offspring of his humanity, and then given to him, to be his servant, nay, above a servant, his companion, friend, and confidant for evermore. If it had not been for the body of Christ (Hebrews 10:5) the Church could have had no existence. No bride fit for the King of heaven could have sprung from the earth. As Eve came from the opened side of Adam, so figuratively the Church springs from the pierced side of Jesus.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For we are members of his body,.... Not of his natural body, for this would make Christ's human nature monstrous; Christ, as man, is of our flesh and of our bones, or a partaker of the same flesh and blood with us; or otherwise, his incarnation would have been of no service to us; and had our human nature been from Christ, it would not have been corrupted; but our bodies, flesh, and bones, are from the first, and not the second Adam, and so corrupt and sinful; Christ indeed, as God, is the former of all human nature, and, as man, was set up in God's thoughts as the pattern of it; but the apostle is here speaking of the saints, not as men, but as Christians, as new creatures in Christ; and of what is peculiar to them; and therefore this must be understood of Christ's mystical body the church; which is his by the Father's gift, and his own purchase; and of which he is the head, and which is united to him; now of this saints are members; see Romans 12:5.

Of his flesh and of his bones: for so the church may be called, his own flesh, his flesh and bones, on account of the marriage relation she stands in to him, and that spiritual union there is between them, which these phrases are expressive of; and which the near relation of man and wife is an emblem of; these words are wanting in the Alexandrian copy, and in the Ethiopic version.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

30. For—Greek, "Because" (1Co 6:15). Christ nourisheth and cherisheth the Church as being of one flesh with Him. Translate, "Because we are members of His body (His literal body), being OF His flesh and of His bones" [Alford] (Ge 2:23, 24). The Greek expresses, "Being formed out of" or "of the substance of His flesh." Adam's deep sleep, wherein Eve was formed from out of his opened side, is an emblem of Christ's death, which was the birth of the Spouse, the Church. Joh 12:24; 19:34, 35, to which Eph 5:25-27 allude, as implying atonement by His blood, and sanctification by the "water," answering to that which flowed from His side (compare also Joh 7:38, 39; 1Co 6:11). As Adam gave Eve a new name, Hebrew, "Isha," "woman," formed from his own rib, Ish, "man," signifying her formation from him, so Christ, Re 2:17; 3:12. Ge 2:21, 23, 24 puts the bones first because the reference there is to the natural structure. But Paul is referring to the flesh of Christ. It is not our bones and flesh, but "we" that are spiritually propagated (in our soul and spirit now, and in the body hereafter, regenerated) from the manhood of Christ which has flesh and bones. We are members of His glorified body (Joh 6:53). The two oldest existing manuscripts, and Coptic or Memphitic version, omit "of His flesh and of His bones"; the words may have crept into the text through the Margin from Ge 2:23, Septuagint. However, Irenæus, 294, and the old Latin and Vulgate versions, with some good old manuscripts, have them.

Ephesians 5:30 Additional Commentaries
Context
Wives and Husbands
29for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30because we are members of His body. 31FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 6:15
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!

1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

Ephesians 1:23
which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

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

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Ephesians 1:23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.

Genesis 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: …

Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

1 Corinthians 6:15 Know you not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I …

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members …

Colossians 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and …

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