Ephesians 2:14
New International Version
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,

New Living Translation
For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.

English Standard Version
For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility

Berean Study Bible
For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has torn down the dividing wall of hostility

Berean Literal Bible
For He Himself is our peace, having made both one and having broken down the barrier of the partition of hostility,

New American Standard Bible
For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,

King James Bible
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Christian Standard Bible
For he is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In his flesh,

Contemporary English Version
Christ has made peace between Jews and Gentiles, and he has united us by breaking down the wall of hatred that separated us. Christ gave his own body

Good News Translation
For Christ himself has brought us peace by making Jews and Gentiles one people. With his own body he broke down the wall that separated them and kept them enemies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For He is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In His flesh,

International Standard Version
For it is he who is our peace. Through his mortality he made both groups one by tearing down the wall of hostility that divided them.

NET Bible
For he is our peace, the one who made both groups into one and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility,

New Heart English Bible
For he is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he is our peace who made the two one, and he destroyed the wall that was standing in the middle.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So he is our peace. In his body he has made Jewish and non-Jewish people one by breaking down the wall of hostility that kept them apart.

New American Standard 1977
For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he is our peace, who of both has made one, breaking down the middle wall of separation,

King James 2000 Bible
For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

American King James Version
For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

American Standard Version
For he is our peace, who made both one, and brake down the middle wall of partition,

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and breaking down the middle wall of partition, the enmities in his flesh:

Darby Bible Translation
For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of enclosure,

English Revised Version
For he is our peace, who made both one, and brake down the middle wall of partition,

Webster's Bible Translation
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Weymouth New Testament
For He is our peace--He who has made Jews and Gentiles one, and in His own human nature has broken down the hostile dividing wall,

World English Bible
For he is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition,

Young's Literal Translation
for he is our peace, who did make both one, and the middle wall of the enclosure did break down,
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
One in Christ
13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. 14For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has torn down the dividing wall of hostility 15by abolishing in His flesh the law of commandments and decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace…
Cross References
Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Micah 5:5
And He will be their peace. When Assyria invades our land and tramples our citadels, we will raise against it seven shepherds, even eight leaders of men.

1 Corinthians 12:13
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free, and we were all given one Spirit to drink.

Galatians 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:15
by abolishing in His flesh the law of commandments and decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace

Ephesians 2:17
He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

Colossians 1:20
and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross.

Colossians 3:11
Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, or free, but Christ is all and is in all.

Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, for to this you were called as members of one body. And be thankful.

Treasury of Scripture

For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

our.

Isaiah 9:6,7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

Ezekiel 34:24,25 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among …

Micah 5:5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into …

Zechariah 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the …

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, …

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. …

Acts 10:36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace …

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through …

Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to …

Hebrews 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation …

Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, …

both.

Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments …

Ephesians 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that …

Isaiah 19:24,25 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, …

Ezekiel 37:19,20 Say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick …

John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must …

John 11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together …

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

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there …

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, …

the middle.

Esther 3:8 And Haman said to king Ahasuerus…

Acts 10:28 And he said to them, You know how that it is an unlawful thing for …

Colossians 2:10-14,20 And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power…







Lexicon
For
γάρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

He Himself
Αὐτὸς (Autos)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

our
ἡμῶν (hēmōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

peace,
εἰρήνη (eirēnē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1515: Probably from a primary verb eiro; peace; by implication, prosperity.

who
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

has made
ποιήσας (poiēsas)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

the two
ἀμφότερα (amphotera)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 297: Both (of two). Comparative of amphi; both.

one
ἓν (hen)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1520: One. (including the neuter Hen); a primary numeral; one.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

has torn down
λύσας (lysas)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3089: A primary verb; to 'loosen'.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

dividing
μεσότοιχον (mesotoichon)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3320: A middle wall, partition wall, barrier. From mesos and toichos; a partition.

wall
φραγμοῦ (phragmou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5418: A hedge, fence, partition. From phrasso; a fence, or inclosing barrier.

of hostility
ἔχθραν (echthran)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2189: Enmity, hostility, alienation. Feminine of echthros; hostility; by implication, a reason for opposition.
(2 b.) Ephesians 2:14-18 pass on from the description of the call of the heathen to personal union with God in Christ, to dwell on the perfect unity and equality of Jew and Gentile with each other in Him, and the access of both to the Father.

(14) He (Himself) is our peace.--There is clearly allusion, as to the many promises in the Old Testament of the "Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:5-6, et al.), so still more to the "Peace of Earth" of the angelic song of Bethlehem, and to the repeated declarations of our Lord, such as, "Peace I leave with you: My peace I give unto you." Here, however, only is our Lord called not the giver of peace, but the peace itself--His own nature being the actual tie of unity between God and mankind, and between man and man. Through the whole passage thus introduced there runs a double meaning, a declaration of peace in Christ between Jew and Gentile, and between both and God; though it is not always easy to tell of any particular expression, whether it belongs to this or that branch of the meaning, or to both. It is well to compare it with the obvious parallel in Colossians 2:13-14, where (in accordance with the whole genius of that Epistle) there is found only the latter branch of the meaning, the union of all with the Head, not the unity of the various members of the Body.

Who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.--In this verse the former subject is begun. The reunion of Jew and Gentile is described in close connection with the breaking down of "the middle wall of the partition" (or, hedge). The words "between us" are not in the original, and Chrysostom interprets the partition as being, not between Jew and Gentile, but between both and God. But the former idea seems at any rate to predominate in this clause. Whether "the middle wall of the hedge" refers to the wall separating the court of the Gentiles from the Temple proper (Jos. Ant. xv. ? 5), and by an inscription denouncing death to any alien who passed it (see Lewin's St. Paul, vol. ii., p. 133), or to the "hedge" set about the vineyard of the Lord (Isaiah 5:2; comp. Matthew 22:33)--to which probably the Jewish doctors alluded when they called their ceremonial and legal subtleties "the hedge" of the Law--has been disputed. It may, however, be noted that the charge of bringing Trophimus, an Ephesian, beyond that Temple wall had been the cause of St. Paul's apprehension at Jerusalem (Acts 21:29), and nearly of his death. Hence the Asiatic churches might well be familiar with its existence. It is also notable that this Temple-partition suits perfectly the double sense of this passage: for, while it was primarily a separation between Jew and Gentile, it was also the first of many partitions--of which the "veil of the Temple" was the last--cutting all men off from the immediate presence of God. At our Lord's death the last of these partitions was rent in twain; how much more may that death be described as breaking down the first!

Verse 14. - For he is our peace. Explanatory of the preceding verse - of the way by which we are brought nigh. Christ is not only our Peacemaker, but our Peace, and that in the fullest sense, the very substance and living spring of it, establishing it at the beginning, keeping it up to the end; and the complex notion of peace is here not only peace between Jew and Gentile, but between God and both. Consult Old Testament predictions of peace in connection with Messiah (Isaiah 9:5, 6; Micah 5:5; Zechariah 9:10, etc.). Who made both one; literally, both things, both elements; so that there is now no ground for separating between a Jewish element and a Gentile; they are unified. And broke down the middle wall of the partition. The general idea is obvious; the particular allusion is less easily seen. Some think it is to the veil that separated the holy of holies from the holy place (Hebrews 10:20); but that could hardly be called a wall. Others the wall that separated the court of the Jew from that of the Gentiles; but that wall was literally standing when the apostle wrote, and besides, the Ephesians could not be supposed to be so familiar with it as to make it a suitable illustration for them. In the absence of any specific allusion, it is best to understand the words generally, "broke down that which served as a middle wall of partition" - what is mentioned immediately in the following verse. 2:14-18 Jesus Christ made peace by the sacrifice of himself; in every sense Christ was their Peace, the author, centre, and substance of their being at peace with God, and of their union with the Jewish believers in one church. Through the person, sacrifice, and mediation of Christ, sinners are allowed to draw near to God as a Father, and are brought with acceptance into his presence, with their worship and services, under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, as one with the Father and the Son. Christ purchased leave for us to come to God; and the Spirit gives a heart to come, and strength to come, and then grace to serve God acceptably.
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