Ephesians 4:3
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English Standard Version
eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

King James Bible
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

American Standard Version
giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

English Revised Version
giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Webster's Bible Translation
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Weymouth New Testament
in the uniting bond of peace, the unity given by the Spirit.

Ephesians 4:3 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Endeavoring (σπουδάζοντες)

Not strong enough. Originally the verb means to make haste. So the kindred noun σπουδή haste, Mark 6:25; Luke 1:39. Hence diligence. Rev., here, giving diligence.

To keep (τηρεῖν)

See on reserved, 1 Peter 1:4.

Unity of the Spirit

Wrought by the Holy Spirit.

Bond of peace

The bond which is peace. Compare Ephesians 2:14, our peace - made both one. Christ, our peace, is thus a bond of peace. Others, however, treat in the bond as parallel with in love of Ephesians 4:2, and cite Colossians 3:14, "love the bond of perfectness."

Ephesians 4:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

John 17:21-23 That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us...

Romans 14:17-19 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost...

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing...

1 Corinthians 12:12,13 For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ...

2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace...

Colossians 3:13-15 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you...

1 Thessalonians 5:13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

James 3:17,18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits...

Cross References
Ephesians 4:13
until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

Colossians 3:14
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

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