Ephesians 3:2
New International Version
Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you,

New Living Translation
assuming, by the way, that you know God gave me the special responsibility of extending his grace to you Gentiles.

English Standard Version
assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you,

Berean Study Bible
Surely you have heard about the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you,

Berean Literal Bible
Surely you have heard of the administration of God's grace, having been given to me toward you,

New American Standard Bible
if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace which was given to me for you;

King James Bible
If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

Christian Standard Bible
you have heard, haven't you, about the administration of God's grace that he gave to me for you?

Contemporary English Version
You have surely heard about God's gift of undeserved grace in choosing me to help you.

Good News Translation
Surely you have heard that God in his grace has given me this work to do for your good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
you have heard, haven't you, about the administration of God's grace that He gave to me for you?

International Standard Version
Surely you have heard about the responsibility of administering God's grace that was given to me on your behalf,

NET Bible
if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you,

New Heart English Bible
if it is so that you have heard of the administration of that grace of God which was given me toward you;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If you have heard of the administration of the grace of God, which is given to me among you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, you have heard how God gave me the responsibility of bringing his kindness to you.

New American Standard 1977
if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you;

Jubilee Bible 2000
if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which has been given to me in you,

King James 2000 Bible
If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me toward you:

American King James Version
If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

American Standard Version
if so be that ye have heard of the dispensation of that grace of God which was given me to you-ward;

Douay-Rheims Bible
If yet you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me towards you:

Darby Bible Translation
(if indeed ye have heard of the administration of the grace of God which has been given to me towards you,

English Revised Version
if so be that ye have heard of the dispensation of that grace of God which was given me to you-ward;

Webster's Bible Translation
If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me on your account.

Weymouth New Testament
if, that is, you have heard of the work which God has graciously entrusted to me for your benefit,

World English Bible
if it is so that you have heard of the administration of that grace of God which was given me toward you;

Young's Literal Translation
if, indeed, ye did hear of the dispensation of the grace of God that was given to me in regard to you,
Study Bible
The Mystery of the Gospel
1For this reason, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles... 2Surely you have heard about the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 9:17
If my preaching is voluntary, I have a reward. But if it is not voluntary, I am still entrusted with a responsibility.

Ephesians 1:10
as a plan for the fullness of time, to bring all things in heaven and on earth together in Christ.

Ephesians 3:7
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace, given me through the working of His power.

Ephesians 3:9
and to illuminate for everyone the stewardship of this mystery, which for ages past was hidden in God, who created all things.

Ephesians 4:7
Now to each one of us grace has been given according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Colossians 1:25
I became its servant by the commission God gave me to fully proclaim to you the word of God,

1 Timothy 1:4
or devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculation rather than the stewardship of God's work, which is by faith.

Treasury of Scripture

If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

ye.

Ephesians 4:21
If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

Galatians 1:13
For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:

Colossians 1:4,6
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, …

the dispensation.

Ephesians 3:8
Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Ephesians 4:7
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Acts 9:15
But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:







Lexicon
Surely
γε (ge)
Particle
Strong's Greek 1065: A primary particle of emphasis or qualification.

you have heard about
ἠκούσατε (ēkousate)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine 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.

stewardship
οἰκονομίαν (oikonomian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3622: Management of household affairs, stewardship, administration. From oikonomos; administration; specially, a 'economy'.

of God’s
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

grace
χάριτος (charitos)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5485: From chairo; graciousness, of manner or act.

that was given
δοθείσης (dotheisēs)
Verb - Aorist Participle Passive - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

to me
μοι (moi)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

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

you,
ὑμᾶς (hymas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.
(2) If ye have heard.--The original word rendered "if" (the same used below, Ephesians 4:21, and in 2Corinthians 5:3; Galatians 3:4; Colossians 1:23) conveys, in such collocation as this, a supposition which is only a supposition in form--a half-ironical reference to a thing not doubtful. The sense is "if (that is)," or "if, as I suppose," "ye heard the dispensation," &c. The passage bears on the question whether the Epistle was an encyclical letter, or one addressed to the Ephesian Church. The argument which has been drawn from it in the former direction is not so strong as appears in the English; for the original implies no doubt that the readers of the Epistle had heard, and the hearing might have been not about St. Paul, but from St. Paul himself. Still, there is a vague generality about the expression, which suits well an address to the Asiatic churches generally, but could hardly have been used to a church so well known and beloved as Ephesus, where "the signs of an Apostle" had been wrought abundantly.

The dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward.--The descriptive clause, "which is given me to you-ward," is seen in the original to belong to the word "grace," not (as our version might suggest) to "dispensation." The grace of God is spoken of as given to St. Paul, not so much for his own sake, as for ministration to them of the dispensation described in the next verse. We find there that the revelation of salvation to the Gentiles was the "dispensation," that is (much as in Ephesians 1:10), the peculiar office in the ministration of the grace of God to the world, assigned to St. Paul by His wisdom. (Comp. 1Corinthians 1:17-24, "God sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel . . . We preach Christ crucified . . . unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.")

-2Ephesians 3:14-19 contain a prayer, addressed with special emphasis to the Father of all, that by the strengthening grace of the Spirit and the indwelling of Christ, accepted in faith and deepened by love, they may, first, know the mystery already described in all its greatness; and, next, learn by experience the unsearchable love of Christ, as dwelling in them, and so filling them up to "the fulness of God."

Verse 2. - If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God. Here begins the digression. The words, "if ye have heard," etc., do not denote an uncertainty, but are a delicate reminder. Doubtless they had heard of the matter when he was at Ephesus, and, as he remarks in ver. 3, he had already written briefly on it. Grace is here used in a more restricted sense than in Ephesians 1:2 - in the sense of Divine favor, honor, privilege - the same as in ver. 8, "To me... is this favor given." Which is given me to you-ward. The grace or favor meant is that whereby Paul was constituted the apostle of the Gentiles. Deeply though he felt his being sent away from preaching to his countrymen (Acts 22:18), he took kindly to the new sphere allotted to him, and magnified his office (Romans 11:13). 3:1-7 For having preached the doctrine of truth, the apostle was a prisoner, but a prisoner of Jesus Christ; the object of special protection and care, while thus suffering for him. All the gracious offers of the gospel, and the joyful tidings it contains, come from the rich grace of God; it is the great means by which the Spirit works grace in the souls of men. The mystery, is that secret, hidden purpose of salvation through Christ. This was not so fully and clearly shown in the ages before Christ, as unto the prophets of the New Testament. This was the great truth made known to the apostle, that God would call the Gentiles to salvation by faith in Christ. An effectual working of Divine power attends the gifts of Divine grace. As God appointed Paul to the office, so he qualified him for it.
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