Ephesians 3:18
New International Version
may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

New Living Translation
And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

English Standard Version
may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

Berean Study Bible
may have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love,

Berean Literal Bible
so that you may be fully able, with all the saints, to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

New American Standard Bible
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

King James Bible
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

Christian Standard Bible
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God's love,

Contemporary English Version
I pray that you and all God's people will understand what is called wide or long or high or deep.

Good News Translation
so that you, together with all God's people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ's love.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God's love,

International Standard Version
you will be able to understand, along with all the saints, what is wide, long, high, and deep—

NET Bible
you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

New Heart English Bible
may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That you can discover with all the holy, what is the height and depth and length and breadth,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This way, with all of God's people you will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is.

New American Standard 1977
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

Jubilee Bible 2000
may be able to well comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height

King James 2000 Bible
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

American King James Version
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

American Standard Version
may be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

Douay-Rheims Bible
You may be able to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth:

Darby Bible Translation
in order that ye may be fully able to apprehend with all the saints what [is] the breadth and length and depth and height;

English Revised Version
may be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

Webster's Bible Translation
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and highth.

Weymouth New Testament
as it is grasped by all God's people, of the breadth and length, the height and depth--

World English Bible
may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

Young's Literal Translation
that ye may be in strength to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height,
Study Bible
Paul's Prayer for the Ephesians
17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.…
Cross References
Job 11:8
They are higher than the heavens--what can you do? They are deeper than Sheol--what can you know?

Ephesians 1:15
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,

Treasury of Scripture

May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

able.

Ephesians 3:19
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Ephesians 1:18-23
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, …

Job 11:7-9
Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? …

with.

Ephesians 1:10,15
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: …

Deuteronomy 33:2,3
And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them…

2 Chronicles 6:41
Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.

what.

Romans 10:3,11,12
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God…







Lexicon
may have power,
ἐξισχύσητε (exischysēte)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1840: From ek and ischuo; to have full strength, i.e. Be entirely competent.

together with
σὺν (syn)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4862: With. A primary preposition denoting union; with or together.

all
πᾶσιν (pasin)
Adjective - Dative Masculine Plural
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.

the
τοῖς (tois)
Article - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

saints,
ἁγίοις (hagiois)
Adjective - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 40: Set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred. From hagos; sacred.

to comprehend
καταλαβέσθαι (katalabesthai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Middle
Strong's Greek 2638: From kata and lambano; to take eagerly, i.e. Seize, possess, etc.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative 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.

length
μῆκος (mēkos)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3372: Length. Probably akin to megas; length length.

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

width
πλάτος (platos)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4114: Breadth. From platus; width.

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

height
ὕψος (hypsos)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5311: Height, heaven; dignity, eminence. From a derivative of huper; elevation, i.e. altitude, the sky, or dignity.

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

depth [of His love],
βάθος (bathos)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 899: From the same as bathus; profundity, i.e. extent; mystery.
(18) May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height.--It has been asked, Of what? Various answers have been given; but as St. Paul has obviously of set purpose omitted all definition, leaving the phrase incomplete in absolute generality, no answer can be perfectly satisfactory. The early fathers delighted to refer it to the cross, and to trace in the four dimensions of the cross a symbol of this four-fold extension of the love of God in Christ. The clause following, "to know the love of Christ," though partly explanatory of this, hardly seems to be identical or co-extensive with it. The knowledge there described is a part--perhaps the chief part, but not the whole--of the comprehension here prayed for. If anything is to be supplied, it should probably be "of the mystery"--i.e., of the whole mystery on which St. Paul had been dwelling, including the predestination, the redemption, the call and union of Jews and Gentiles. The prayer is that we may know it every way, in every direction in which the soul can go forth towards God.

It may be noted that comprehension is placed after love, just as in Philippians 1:9, "I pray that your love may abound (that is, overflow) in knowledge and in all judgment." The spiritual order of revelation differs from that of the "wisdom of the world." It has first faith, next love, and finally knowledge, because its object is a person, not an abstract principle. That knowledge must, even here, "grow from more to more;" but St. Paul's prayer can never be perfectly realised till we "know even as we are known."

Verse 18. - May be made strong to comprehend with all the saints. The subject to be comprehended is not only beyond man's natural capacity, but beyond the ordinary force of his spiritual capacity. The thing to be grasped needs a special strength of heart and soul; the heart needs to be enlarged, the mental "hands of the arms" need to be made strong (Genesis 49:24). But the attainment is not impossible - it is the experience of "all the saints;" all God's children are enabled to grasp something of this (comp. 2 Corinthians 4:3-6). What is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height. No genitive being given, it has been a difficult point to settle to what these dimensions must be held to be applicable. Some think that the love of Christ in the following clause must be meant; but surely when that is made the subject of a separate part of the prayer, and is not in the genitive but the objective case, governed by a verb of its own, this explanation is not to be enter-rained. Others, with more reason, think that the idea of a temple was in the mind of the writer, as it certainly was in Ephesians 2:21, 22, and that it is the dimensions of the temple he had here in his eye, the prayer being that the Ephesians might comprehend the vastness and glory of that spiritual temple which is constituted by all believers, and in which God dwells by the Spirit. Even this, however, would not divest the construction of abruptness, and it would fit in but poorly with the context, in which the tenor o f the apostle's prayer is that a profusion of Divine blessing might be enjoyed by the Ephesians. If a genitive must be supplied, may we not conceive the apostle to have had in his view the entire provision God has made in Christ for the good of his people, so that the dimensions would be those of the gospel storehouse, the vast reservoir out of which the Church is filled? "Breadth" might denote the manifoldness of that provision; "length," its eternal duration; its "depth" might be represented by the profundity of Christ's humiliation; and its "height" by the loftiness of the condition to which his people are to be raised. To comprehend this, to understand its existence and its richness, is to get our faith enlarged, our expectations expanded; it is through this comprehension that "all the saints" have got their wants supplied, and their souls filled as with marrow and fatness. 3:13-19 The apostle seems to be more anxious lest the believers should be discouraged and faint upon his tribulations, than for what he himself had to bear. He asks for spiritual blessings, which are the best blessings. Strength from the Spirit of God in the inner man; strength in the soul; the strength of faith, to serve God, and to do our duty. If the law of Christ is written in our hearts, and the love of Christ is shed abroad there, then Christ dwells there. Where his Spirit dwells, there he dwells. We should desire that good affections may be fixed in us. And how desirable to have a fixed sense of the love of God in Christ to our souls! How powerfully the apostle speaks of the love of Christ! The breadth shows its extent to all nations and ranks; the length, that it continues from everlasting to everlasting; the depth, its saving those who are sunk into the depths of sin and misery; the height, its raising them up to heavenly happiness and glory. Those who receive grace for grace from Christ's fulness, may be said to be filled with the fulness of God. Should not this satisfy man? Must he needs fill himself with a thousand trifles, fancying thereby to complete his happiness?
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