Ephesians 2:21
New International Version
In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.

New Living Translation
We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.

English Standard Version
in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

Berean Study Bible
In Him the whole building is fitted together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

Berean Literal Bible
in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is increasing into a holy temple in the Lord,

New American Standard Bible
in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,

King James Bible
In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

Christian Standard Bible
In him the whole building, being put together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

Contemporary English Version
Christ is the one who holds the building together and makes it grow into a holy temple for the Lord.

Good News Translation
He is the one who holds the whole building together and makes it grow into a sacred temple dedicated to the Lord.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The whole building, being put together by Him, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord.

International Standard Version
In union with him the whole building is joined together and rises into a holy sanctuary for the Lord.

NET Bible
In him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,

New Heart English Bible
in whom the whole building, fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the whole building is constructed by him and grows into a holy temple in THE LORD JEHOVAH,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In him all the parts of the building fit together and grow into a holy temple in the Lord.

New American Standard 1977
in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;

Jubilee Bible 2000
in whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto a holy temple in the Lord,

King James 2000 Bible
In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto a holy temple in the Lord:

American King James Version
In whom all the building fitly framed together grows to an holy temple in the Lord:

American Standard Version
in whom each several building, fitly framed together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord;

Douay-Rheims Bible
In whom all the building, being framed together, groweth up into an holy temple in the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
in whom all [the] building fitted together increases to a holy temple in the Lord;

English Revised Version
in whom each several building, fitly framed together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord;

Webster's Bible Translation
In whom all the building fitly framed together, groweth to a holy temple in the Lord:

Weymouth New Testament
in union with whom the whole fabric, fitted and closely joined together, is growing so as to form a holy sanctuary in the Lord;

World English Bible
in whom the whole building, fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord;

Young's Literal Translation
in whom all the building fitly framed together doth increase to an holy sanctuary in the Lord,
Study Bible
A Temple in the Lord
20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. 21In Him the whole building is fitted together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in Him you too are being built together into a dwelling place for God in His Spirit.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you yourselves are God's temple, and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

Ephesians 4:15
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ Himself, who is the head.

Colossians 2:19
and he loses connection to the head, from whom the whole body, supported and knit together by its joints and ligaments, grows as God causes it to grow.

1 Timothy 3:15
so that, if I am delayed, you will know how each one must conduct himself in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

Treasury of Scripture

In whom all the building fitly framed together grows to an holy temple in the Lord:

all.

Ephesians 4:13-16
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: …

Ezekiel 40:1-42:20
In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of the LORD was upon me, and brought me thither…

1 Corinthians 3:9
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

fitly.

Exodus 26:1-37
Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them…

1 Kings 6:7
And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.

an.

Psalm 93:5
Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever.

Ezekiel 42:12
And according to the doors of the chambers that were toward the south was a door in the head of the way, even the way directly before the wall toward the east, as one entereth into them.

1 Corinthians 3:17
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.







Lexicon
In
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

Him
(hō)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

the whole
πᾶσα (pasa)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

building
οἰκοδομὴ (oikodomē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3619: Feminine of a compound of oikos and the base of doma; architecture, i.e. a structure; figuratively, confirmation.

is fitted together
συναρμολογουμένη (synarmologoumenē)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4883: From sun and a derivative of a compound of harmos and lego; to render close-jointed together, i.e. Organize compactly.

[and] grows
αὔξει (auxei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 837: (a) I cause to increase, become greater (b) I increase, grow. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to grow, i.e. Enlarge.

into
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

a holy
ἅγιον (hagion)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 40: Set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred. From hagos; sacred.

temple
ναὸν (naon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3485: A temple, a shrine, that part of the temple where God himself resides. From a primary naio; a fane, shrine, temple.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

[the] Lord.
Κυρίῳ (Kyriō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.
(21) In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord.--There is some difficulty about the rendering-"all the building." Generally the best MSS. omit the article in the original. But the sense seems to demand the rendering of the text, unless, indeed, we adopt the only other possible rendering, "in whom every act of building"--that is, every addition to the building--"is bonded to the rest, and grows," &c. The clause agrees substantially, and almost verbally with Ephesians 4:16--"From whom the whole body, fitly joined (framed) together and compacted . . . maketh increase of the body unto the edifying (building up) of itself." In this latter passage the leading idea is of theVerse 21. - In whom all the building. Not even the figure of a building can keep the apostle from his favorite idea of vital fellowship with Christ as the soul of all Christianity - "in whom." Πᾶσα οἰκοδομὴ is rendered in R.V. "each several building." But surely the want of the article does not make imperative a rendering which is out of keeping with the apostle's object, viz. to illustrate the organic unity of believers, Jewish and Gentile, as one great body (comp. Ephesians 4:4, "There is one body"). If there had been many several or separate buildings in the apostle's view, why not a Jewish building and a Gentile building? Or how could the separate buildings have their lines directed by the one chief Cornerstone? In Acts 2:36 πᾶς οϊκος Ισραήλ is not "every house of Israel," but "all the house of Israel." Fitly framed together. There is a jointing and joining of the various parts to each other, forming a symmetrical, compact, well-ordered building. The Church has many members in one body, and all members have not the same office. It is a co-operative body, each aiding in his own way and with his own talent. The Church is not a collection of loose stones and timbers; its members are in vital union with Christ, and ought to be in living and loving and considerate fellowship with each other. Groweth into a holy temple in the Lord. Increase is an essential property of the Church; wherever there is life there is growth. But the growth of the Church is not mere increase of members or size; the growth is towards a temple, of which the character is holy, and it is in the Lord. The world-famed temple of Diana at Ephesus may have been in the apostle's mind - its symmetry, its glory, the relation of each several part to the rest and to the whole, as a suitable external emblem of the spiritual body which is being built up in Christ; but the Christian Church is a holy temple, dedicated to God, purified by his Spirit, entirely foreign to those defilements which disgraced the temple of Diana. The ἐν ω΅ι at the beginning of the verse is followed by ἐν Κυρίῳ at the end, as if the union of the Church to Christ could not be too often brought out. In him we are born into it; in him we grow in it; in him the whole temple grows towards the final consummation, when the topstone shall be brought out with shouts of "Grace, grace unto it." 2:19-22 The church is compared to a city, and every converted sinner is free of it. It is also compared to a house, and every converted sinner is one of the family; a servant, and a child in God's house. The church is also compared to a building, founded on the doctrine of Christ; delivered by the prophets of the Old Testament, and the apostles of the New. God dwells in all believers now; they become the temple of God through the working of the blessed Spirit. Let us then ask if our hopes are fixed on Christ, according to the doctrine of his word? Have we devoted ourselves as holy temples to God through him? Are we habitations of God by the Spirit, are we spiritually-minded, and do we bring forth the fruits of the Spirit? Let us take heed not to grieve the holy Comforter. Let us desire his gracious presence, and his influences upon our hearts. Let us seek to discharge the duties allotted to us, to the glory of God.
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