Ephesians 4:12
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English Standard Version
to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

King James Bible
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

American Standard Version
for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

English Revised Version
for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ:

Webster's Bible Translation
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Weymouth New Testament
in order fully to equip His people for the work of serving--for the building up of Christ's body--

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Vincent's Word Studies

For the perfecting (πρὸς τὸν καταρτισμὸν)

Only here in the New Testament. In classical Greek of refitting a ship or setting a bone. The preposition for denotes the ultimate purpose. Ministering and building are means to this end. Hence its emphatic position in the sentence. For perfecting, see on mending, Matthew 4:21; see on perfected, Matthew 21:16; see on Luke 6:40; see on 1 Peter 5:10. Compare 1 Corinthians 1:10; Hebrews 13:21. The radical idea of adjustment is brought out in Ephesians 4:13.

For the work of the ministry (εἰς ἔργον διακονίας)

Rev., much better, unto the work of ministering. Εἰς unto, marks the immediate purpose of the gift. He gave apostles, etc., unto the work of ministering and building, for the perfecting, etc. The prevailing sense of διακονία ministry, in the New Testament, is spiritual service of an official character. See Acts 1:25; Acts 6:4; Acts 20:24; Romans 11:13; 1 Timothy 1:12; 2 Timothy 4:5.

Edifying (οἰκοδομὴν)

Rev., building up. See on Acts 20:32. Notice the combination of perfecting and building. Building defines the nature of the work of ministry, and perfecting comes through a process.

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perfection.

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and when you are converted, strengthen your brothers.

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me more than these? He said to him, Yes...

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord...

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all...

Acts 14:22,23 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith...

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers...

Romans 15:14,29 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brothers, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge...

1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit with.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit...

Philippians 1:25,26 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith...

Philippians 3:12-18 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after...

Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

1 Thessalonians 5:11-14 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do...

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection...

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account...

the work.

Acts 1:17,25 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry...

Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry...

Romans 12:7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching;

1 Corinthians 4:1,2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God...

2 Corinthians 3:8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

2 Corinthians 6:3 Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.

1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

2 Timothy 4:5,11 But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry...

the edifying.

Ephesians 4:16,29 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies...

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things with which one may edify another.

Romans 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.

1 Corinthians 14:4,5,12,14,26 He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the church...

2 Corinthians 12:19 Again, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved...

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do.

the body.

Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling;

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

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake...

Cross References
Romans 12:5
so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Romans 14:19
So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

Romans 15:2
Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

1 Corinthians 12:7
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

2 Corinthians 13:9
For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for.

2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

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