Ephesians 5
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1Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2And walk in love, even as Christ also loved us, and gave Himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor.

3But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, do not permit it even to be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4Nor filthiness, nor foolish talking or jesting, which are not becoming; but instead, thanksgiving. 5For this you know, that no fornicator, or unclean person, or covetous person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

6Do not let anyone deceive you with vain words; for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore, do not be joint partakers with them.

8For you were once darkness; but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, 9(Because the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10Proving what is well pleasing to the Lord; 11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them; 12For it is shameful even to mention the things being done by them in secret. 13But all of these things being exposed by the light are openly revealed.

14Therefore He says, "You who are sleeping--wake up, and arise from the dead! And Christ shall shine upon you."

15So then, take heed that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as those who are wise, 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17For this reason, do not be foolish, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18And do not be drunk with wine, in which is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit: 19Speaking to each other in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and offering praise to the Lord with your hearts; 20Giving thanks at all times for all things to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 21Submit yourselves to one another in the fear of God.

22Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord; 23For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the Head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24For even as the church is subject to Christ, in the same way also let wives be subject to their own husbands in everything.

25Husbands, love your own wives, in the same way that Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; 26So that He might sanctify it, having cleansed it with the washing of the water by the Word; 27That He might present it to Himself as the glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it might be holy and without blame. 28In the same way, husbands are dutybound to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself; 29For no man has ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord does the church. 30For we are members of His body--of His flesh and of His bones. 31For this reason shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife; and the two shall be one flesh. 32This is a great mystery; but I am speaking in respect to Christ and the church. 33Nevertheless, let each one of you love his wife even as himself; and let each wife see that she reverence her husband.

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