Ephesians 5:31
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New International Version
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."

New Living Translation
As the Scriptures say, "A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one."

English Standard Version
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

New American Standard Bible
FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.

King James Bible
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.

International Standard Version
"That is why a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh."

NET Bible
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore, a man should leave his father and his mother and should cleave to his wife, and the two of them shall be one flesh.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That's why a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will be one.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall be joined unto his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh.

King James 2000 Bible
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

American King James Version
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

American Standard Version
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh.

Darby Bible Translation
Because of this a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be united to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.

English Revised Version
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the twain shall become one flesh.

Webster's Bible Translation
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Weymouth New Testament
"For this reason a man is to leave his father and his mother and be united to his wife, and the two shall be as one."

World English Bible
"For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will be joined to his wife. The two will become one flesh."

Young's Literal Translation
'for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they shall be -- the two -- for one flesh;'
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 31. - For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall come to be one flesh. Quoted in substance from Genesis 2:24. It seems to be introduced simply to show the closeness of the relation between man and wife; it is such as in a sense to supersede that between parent and child. The apostle (as appears from the next verse) has in view, at the same time, the parallel truth - the closeness of the relation between Christ and the Church; it too in a sense supersedes the relations of nature (comp. Luke 14:26; Matthew 12:50).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother,.... These words contain the law of marriage, and are cited from Genesis 2:24; and declare what ought to be, and are a prophecy of what should be; and are observed against polygamy, and to stir up mutual affection; See Gill on Matthew 19:5.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

31. For—The propagation of the Church from Christ, as that of Eve from Adam, is the foundation of the spiritual marriage. The natural marriage, wherein "a man leaves father and mother (the oldest manuscripts omit 'his') and is joined unto his wife," is not the principal thing meant here, but the spiritual marriage represented by it, and on which it rests, whereby Christ left the Father's bosom to woo to Himself the Church out of a lost world: Eph 5:32 proves this: His earthly mother as such, also, He holds in secondary account as compared with His spiritual Bride (Lu 2:48, 49; 8:19-21; 11:27, 28). He shall again leave His Father's abode to consummate the union (Mt 25:1-10; Re 19:7).

they two shall be one flesh—So the Samaritan Pentateuch, the Septuagint, &c., read (Ge 2:24), instead of "they shall be one flesh." So Mt 19:5. In natural marriage, husband and wife combine the elements of one perfect human being: the one being incomplete without the other. So Christ, as God-man, is pleased to make the Church, the body, a necessary adjunct to Himself, the Head. He is the archetype of the Church, from whom and according to whom, as the pattern, she is formed. He is her Head, as the husband is of the wife (Ro 6:5; 1Co 11:3; 15:45). Christ will never allow any power to sever Himself and His bride, indissolubly joined (Mt 19:6; Joh 10:28, 29; 13:1).

Ephesians 5:31 Additional Commentaries
Context
Wives and Husbands
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. 32This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.…
Cross References
Genesis 2:24
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Matthew 19:5
and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?

Mark 10:7
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,

1 Corinthians 6:16
Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh."

Ephesians 5:32
This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church.
Treasury of Scripture

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

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

Matthew 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and …

Mark 10:7,8 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and join to his wife…

1 Corinthians 6:16 What? know you not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? …

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