Ephesians 5:26
New International Version
to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

New Living Translation
to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God's word.

English Standard Version
that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

Berean Study Bible
to sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

Berean Literal Bible
so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water by the word,

New American Standard Bible
so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

King James Bible
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Christian Standard Bible
to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word.

Contemporary English Version
He made the church holy by the power of his word, and he made it pure by washing it with water.

Good News Translation
He did this to dedicate the church to God by his word, after making it clean by washing it in water,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word.

International Standard Version
so that he might make it holy by cleansing it, washing it with water and the word,

NET Bible
to sanctify her by cleansing her with the washing of the water by the word,

New Heart English Bible
that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To sanctify and purify her in the washing of water and in the word.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He did this to make the church holy by cleansing it, washing it using water along with spoken words.

New American Standard 1977
that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

Jubilee Bible 2000
that he might sanctify and cleanse her in the washing of water by the word,

King James 2000 Bible
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

American King James Version
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

American Standard Version
that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,

Douay-Rheims Bible
That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life:

Darby Bible Translation
in order that he might sanctify it, purifying [it] by the washing of water by [the] word,

English Revised Version
that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,

Webster's Bible Translation
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Weymouth New Testament
in order to make her holy, cleansing her with the baptismal water by the word,

World English Bible
that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,

Young's Literal Translation
that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it with the bathing of the water in the saying,
Study Bible
Wives and Husbands
25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her 26to sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to Himself as a glorious church, without stain or wrinkle or any such blemish, but holy and blameless.…
Cross References
Leviticus 8:6
Then Moses presented Aaron and his sons and washed them with water.

Leviticus 16:30
because on this day atonement will be made for you to cleanse you, and you will be clean from all your sins before the LORD.

John 3:5
Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

John 13:10
Jesus told him, "Whoever has already bathed needs only to wash his feet, and he will be completely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you."

John 15:3
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

John 17:17
Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.

Acts 22:16
And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized, and wash your sins away, calling on His name.'

Romans 10:8
But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:

1 Corinthians 6:11
And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

2 Corinthians 11:2
I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. For I promised you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.

Ephesians 6:17
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

Titus 2:14
He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 10:10
And by that will, we have been sanctified through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Hebrews 10:14
because by a single offering He has made perfect for all time those who are sanctified.

Hebrews 10:22
let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Hebrews 10:29
How much more severely do you think one deserves to be punished who has trampled on the Son of God, profaned the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

Hebrews 13:12
And that is why Jesus suffered outside the city gate, to sanctify the people by His own blood.

2 Peter 1:9
But whoever lacks these traits is nearsighted to the point of blindness, having forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

Treasury of Scripture

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

he.

John 17:17-19
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth…

Acts 26:18
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

1 Corinthians 6:11
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

with.

Ezekiel 16:9
Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.

Ezekiel 36:25
Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

Zechariah 13:1
In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

by.

John 15:8
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

John 17:7
Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

James 1:18
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.







Lexicon
to
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

sanctify
ἁγιάσῃ (hagiasē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 37: From hagios; to make holy, i.e. purify or consecrate; to venerate.

her,
αὐτὴν (autēn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Feminine 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.

cleansing [her]
καθαρίσας (katharisas)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2511: To cleanse, make clean, literally, ceremonially, or spiritually, according to context. From katharos; to cleanse.

by the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative 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.

washing
λουτρῷ (loutrō)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3067: A bath (of water, not the vessel), water for washing, washing. From louo; a bath, i.e., baptism.

with water
ὕδατος (hydatos)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5204: Water. And genitive case, hudatos, etc. From the base of huetos; water literally or figuratively.

through
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] word,
ῥήματι (rhēmati)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4487: From rheo; an utterance, ; by implication, a matter or topic; with a negative naught whatever.
(26) That he might sanctify and cleanse it . . .--The true rendering is, that He might sanctify it, having cleansed it in the laver of the water in [the] Word. The reference in "the laver of the water" to baptism, is even more unquestionable than in "the laver of regeneration" of Titus 3:5. Hence we must conclude that the phrase "in the Word" is in some way connected with that sacrament. Of the two Greek words translated "word," the one here used is that which signifies not "the word" existing as a definite thought in the mind, but "the word" as audibly spoken. It has, indeed, in the original no article, but this is probably because it had assumed so technical a sense as to resemble a proper name; and it is best connected with the phrase "having cleansed it," thus being coordinated, not subordinated, to the "laver of the water." Accordingly it would seem to signify all that element of baptism which is "in word"--that is, the question of faith, "the answer of a good conscience" (1Peter 3:21), and, lastly, the solemn formula of baptism "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." If we are to single out any of these, we must surely (with Chrysostom) take the last. But it is better to embrace the whole, and so include the whole spiritual element of baptism, both the acceptance of faith on the part of man, and the grace-giving blessing of God.

To "sanctify" is here to consecrate to Himself (comp. John 17:17; John 17:19) after purification. In the same connection we have in 1Corinthians 6:11, "Ye were washed, ye were sanctified, ye were justified." In virtue of such consecration the Church visible is "holy" in idea and in capacity--the Church invisible here (which will be the Church triumphant hereafter), holy in the actual purity which becomes a consecrated nature. Of such consecration baptism is unquestionably the means; as we see in command in Matthew 28:19, and in fact in Acts 2:38; Acts 2:41.

Verse 26. - That he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word. The immediate object of Christ was to cleanse her, and for this end he used the Word as a purifying agent, washing her by means of it. The difference between selfish and unselfish love is seen here: a selfish lover cares for his wife in his own interest - like Samson, desires to have her simply because she pleases him, and, in his converse with her, thinks, not of her good, but of his own enjoyment; but the love of an unselfish lover constrains him to seek her good, to do nothing that will hurt her and damage her in any manner of way, but to do everything that he believes will advance her well-being, especially in the highest sense. He finds her polluted (comp. Ezekiel 16.), and his great instrument of cleansing is "the Word" (comp. John 15:3; John 17:5) - the Word in all its searching, humbling, rebuking, correcting, informing, stimulating, refreshing, consoling power. There is no express allusion to baptism, τῷ λουτρῷ τοῦ ὕδατος is explained by ἐν ῤήματι, "the Word" being the great sanctifying medium, and baptism a figure (1 Peter 3:21). 5:22-33 The duty of wives is, submission to their husbands in the Lord, which includes honouring and obeying them, from a principle of love to them. The duty of husbands is to love their wives. The love of Christ to the church is an example, which is sincere, pure, and constant, notwithstanding her failures. Christ gave himself for the church, that he might sanctify it in this world, and glorify it in the next, that he might bestow on all his members a principle of holiness, and deliver them from the guilt, the pollution, and the dominion of sin, by those influences of the Holy Spirit, of which baptismal water was the outward sign. The church and believers will not be without spot or wrinkle till they come to glory. But those only who are sanctified now, shall be glorified hereafter. The words of Adam, mentioned by the apostle, are spoken literally of marriage; but they have also a hidden sense in them, relating to the union between Christ and his church. It was a kind of type, as having resemblance. There will be failures and defects on both sides, in the present state of human nature, yet this does not alter the relation. All the duties of marriage are included in unity and love. And while we adore and rejoice in the condescending love of Christ, let husbands and wives learn hence their duties to each other. Thus the worst evils would be prevented, and many painful effects would be avoided.
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