Ephesians 5:28
New International Version
In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

New Living Translation
In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself.

English Standard Version
In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Berean Study Bible
In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Berean Literal Bible
So also husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. The one loving his wife loves himself.

King James Bible
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

New King James Version
So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.

New American Standard Bible
So husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;

NASB 1995
So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;

NASB 1977
So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;

Amplified Bible
Even so husbands should and are morally obligated to love their own wives as [being in a sense] their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself.

Christian Standard Bible
In the same way, husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In the same way, husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

American Standard Version
Even so ought husbands also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his own wife loveth himself:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In this way men ought to love their wives as their bodies. Whoever loves his wife loves himself.

Contemporary English Version
In the same way, a husband should love his wife as much as he loves himself. A husband who loves his wife shows he loves himself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself.

English Revised Version
Even so ought husbands also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his own wife loveth himself:

Good News Translation
Men ought to love their wives just as they love their own bodies. A man who loves his wife loves himself. (

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So husbands must love their wives as they love their own bodies. A man who loves his wife loves himself.

International Standard Version
In the same way, husbands must love their wives as they love their own bodies. A man who loves his wife loves himself.

Literal Standard Version
so ought the husbands to love their own wives as their own bodies: he who is loving his own wife—he loves himself;

NET Bible
In the same way husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

New Heart English Bible
Even so husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself.

Weymouth New Testament
So too married men ought to love their wives as much as they love themselves. He who loves his wife loves himself.

World English Bible
Even so husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself.

Young's Literal Translation
so ought the husbands to love their own wives as their own bodies: he who is loving his own wife -- himself he doth love;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Wives and Husbands
27and to present her to Himself as a glorious church, without stain or wrinkle or any such blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29Indeed, no one ever hated his own body, but he nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church.…

Cross References
Genesis 2:23
And the man said: "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,' for out of man she was taken."

Ephesians 5:25
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her

Ephesians 5:29
Indeed, no one ever hated his own body, but he nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church.

Ephesians 5:33
Nevertheless, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

1 Peter 3:7
Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as a delicate vessel, and with honor as fellow heirs of the gracious gift of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.


Treasury of Scripture

So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself.

as.

Ephesians 5:31,33
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh…

Genesis 2:21-24
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; …

Matthew 19:5
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?









(28) So ought men to love their wives . . .--From this glorious digression; applying only to the divine Antitype, St. Paul comes back to the one point, in which the type may imitate it--that is, a deep and unfailing love. "So" refers to the previous verse, describing the love of Christ, not to the "as" following; otherwise the want of connection would be strangely abrupt. Moreover, from this idea of the love of Christ as the pattern, the latter part of this verse and the following verses naturally arise. Christ loves the Church as His body, a part of Himself. Hence the idea that the husband is "the head of the wife" gives place to the absolute identification of himself with his wife, as "one flesh."

He that loveth his wife loveth himself.--All right "love of our neighbour" is directed to be given to him "as to ourselves." It is to be of the same kind as the love of self--that is, first, an instinct (as of self-preservation); and next a rational and settled principle (as of reasonable self-love, seeking our own perfection, which is our happiness). Here, however, this love to our neighbour is actually identified with self-love. The wife is the husband's very self; he can no more fail to love her than to love himself, though (again to follow the example of Christ) he may love her better than himself. We may note that this identification of husband and wife is the basis of all ecclesiastical, and, in great degree, of all civil, law of Christian nations as to marriage.

Verse 28. - Even so ought husbands also to love their own wives as their own bodies. A new illustration is introduced here to throw light on the bearing of the husband to his wife, and the οὕτως seems to refer, not to what goes before, but to what follows (comp. in ver. 33). He that loveth his own wife loveth himself. His wife is part of himself, so that not to love her as himself is not only a sin against law, but a sin against nature.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
In the same way,
Οὕτως (Houtōs)
Adverb
Strong's 3779: Thus, so, in this manner. Or (referring to what precedes or follows).

husbands
ἄνδρες (andres)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 435: A male human being; a man, husband. A primary word; a man.

ought
ὀφείλουσιν (opheilousin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 3784: Or, its prolonged form opheileo probably from the base of ophelos; to owe; figuratively, to be under obligation; morally, to fail in duty.

to love
ἀγαπᾶν (agapan)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 25: To love, wish well to, take pleasure in, long for; denotes the love of reason, esteem. Perhaps from agan; to love.

their
ἑαυτῶν (heautōn)
Reflexive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

wives
γυναῖκας (gynaikas)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 1135: A woman, wife, my lady. Probably from the base of ginomai; a woman; specially, a wife.

as
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

their own
ἑαυτῶν (heautōn)
Reflexive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

bodies.
σώματα (sōmata)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 4983: Body, flesh; the body of the Church. From sozo; the body, used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively.

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

who loves
ἀγαπῶν (agapōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 25: To love, wish well to, take pleasure in, long for; denotes the love of reason, esteem. Perhaps from agan; to love.

his
ἑαυτοῦ (heautou)
Reflexive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

wife
γυναῖκα (gynaika)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1135: A woman, wife, my lady. Probably from the base of ginomai; a woman; specially, a wife.

loves
ἀγαπᾷ (agapa)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 25: To love, wish well to, take pleasure in, long for; denotes the love of reason, esteem. Perhaps from agan; to love.

himself.
ἑαυτὸν (heauton)
Reflexive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1438: Himself, herself, itself.


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