Ephesians 5:31
New International Version
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."

New Living Translation
As the Scriptures say, "A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one."

English Standard Version
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

Berean Study Bible
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

Berean Literal Bible
"Because of this, a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will be into one flesh."

New American Standard Bible
FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.

Contemporary English Version
As the Scriptures say, "A man leaves his father and mother to get married, and he becomes like one person with his wife."

Good News Translation
As the scripture says, "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will become one."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.

International Standard Version
"That is why a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh."

NET Bible
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.

New Heart English Bible
"For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore, a man should leave his father and his mother and should cleave to his wife, and the two of them shall be one flesh.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That's why a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will be one.

New American Standard 1977
FOR THIS CAUSE A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND SHALL CLEAVE TO HIS WIFE; AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall be joined unto his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

American King James Version
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

American Standard Version
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh.

Darby Bible Translation
Because of this a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be united to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.

English Revised Version
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the twain shall become one flesh.

Webster's Bible Translation
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Weymouth New Testament
"For this reason a man is to leave his father and his mother and be united to his wife, and the two shall be as one."

World English Bible
"For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will be joined to his wife. The two will become one flesh."

Young's Literal Translation
'for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they shall be -- the two -- for one flesh;'
Study Bible
Wives and Husbands
30For we are members of His body. 31“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32This mystery is profound, but I am speaking about Christ and the church.…
Cross References
Genesis 2:24
For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

Matthew 19:5
and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?

Mark 10:7
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,

1 Corinthians 6:16
Or don't you know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh."

Ephesians 5:32
This mystery is profound, but I am speaking about Christ and the church.

Treasury of Scripture

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Genesis 2:24
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

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?

Mark 10:7,8
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; …







Lexicon
“For this reason
Ἀντὶ (Anti)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 473: A primary particle; opposite, i.e. Instead or because of.

a man
ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

will leave
καταλείψει (kataleipsei)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2641: From kata and leipo; to leave down, i.e. Behind; by implication, to abandon, have remaining.

his
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine 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.

father
πατέρα (patera)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3962: Father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior. Apparently a primary word; a 'father'.

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

mother
μητέρα (mētera)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3384: A mother. Apparently a primary word; a 'mother'.

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

be united
προσκολληθήσεται (proskollēthēsetai)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4347: From pros and kollao; to glue to, i.e. to adhere.

to
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 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.

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

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

the
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative 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.

two
δύο (dyo)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1417: Two. A primary numeral; 'two'.

will become
ἔσονται (esontai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

one
μίαν (mian)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1520: One. (including the neuter Hen); a primary numeral; one.

flesh.”
σάρκα (sarka)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4561: Flesh, body, human nature, materiality; kindred.
(31) For this cause.--In spite of much authority, it seems far simpler to consider the words "Even as the Lord . . . His bones" as parenthetical, and refer back to Ephesians 5:28-29. In exactly the same way our Lord quotes the same verse of Genesis (Genesis 2:24) to show the indissoluble character of the marriage tie. Here the similarity of connection with that of the original passage is even stronger. Because a man's wife is as his own body, "for this cause shall a man," &c. To connect these words with those going before is indeed possible, but somewhat too mystical even for this passage.

Shall a man leave his father . . .--The relation of parentage is one of common flesh and blood, and stands at the head of those natural relations which we do not make, but into which we are born. The relation of marriage is the most sacred of all the ties into which we are not born, and which we do make for ourselves, in accordance with a true or supposed harmony of nature. It becomes, says Holy Scripture, a relation, not of common flesh and blood, but of "one flesh." Itself originally voluntary, it supersedes all natural ties. Our Lord therefore adds, "They are no more twain, but one flesh. What God hath joined together let not man put asunder" (Matthew 19:6). Hence it strikingly represents that unity with Christ--voluntarily initiated by Him, voluntarily accepted by us--which yet so supersedes all natural ties that it is said to oblige a man to "hate his father and mother . . . and his own life also" (Luke 14:26).

Verse 31. - For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall come to be one flesh. Quoted in substance from Genesis 2:24. It seems to be introduced simply to show the closeness of the relation between man and wife; it is such as in a sense to supersede that between parent and child. The apostle (as appears from the next verse) has in view, at the same time, the parallel truth - the closeness of the relation between Christ and the Church; it too in a sense supersedes the relations of nature (comp. Luke 14:26; Matthew 12:50). 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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