Ephesians 5:32
New International Version
This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church.

New Living Translation
This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.

English Standard Version
This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.

Berean Study Bible
This mystery is profound, but I am speaking about Christ and the church.

Berean Literal Bible
This mystery is great; but I speak as to Christ and as to the church.

New American Standard Bible
This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

King James Bible
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Christian Standard Bible
This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church.

Contemporary English Version
This is a great mystery, but I understand it to mean Christ and his church.

Good News Translation
There is a deep secret truth revealed in this scripture, which I understand as applying to Christ and the church.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church.

International Standard Version
This is a great secret, but I am talking about the Messiah and the church.

NET Bible
This mystery is great--but I am actually speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

New Heart English Bible
This mystery is great, but I speak concerning Christ and of the church.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
This is a great mystery, but I am speaking about The Messiah and about his church.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is a great mystery. (I'm talking about Christ's relationship to the church.)

New American Standard 1977
This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

Jubilee Bible 2000
This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}.

King James 2000 Bible
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

American King James Version
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

American Standard Version
This mystery is great: but I speak in regard of Christ and of the church.

Douay-Rheims Bible
This is a great sacrament; but I speak in Christ and in the church.

Darby Bible Translation
This mystery is great, but I speak as to Christ, and as to the assembly.

English Revised Version
This mystery is great: but I speak in regard of Christ and of the church.

Webster's Bible Translation
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Weymouth New Testament
That is a great truth hitherto kept secret: I mean the truth concerning Christ and the Church.

World English Bible
This mystery is great, but I speak concerning Christ and of the assembly.

Young's Literal Translation
this secret is great, and I speak in regard to Christ and to the assembly;
Study Bible
Wives and Husbands
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. 33Nevertheless, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.…
Cross References
Ephesians 5:31
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."

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

Revelation 19:7
Let us rejoice and celebrate and give Him the glory. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.

Treasury of Scripture

This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

a great.

Ephesians 6:19
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Colossians 2:2
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

1 Timothy 3:8,16
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; …

speak.

Psalm 45:9-17
Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir…

Song of Solomon 1:1-8:14
The song of songs, which is Solomon's…

Isaiah 54:5
For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.







Lexicon
This
τοῦτο (touto)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

mystery
μυστήριον (mystērion)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3466: From a derivative of muo; a secret or 'mystery'.

is
ἐστίν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

profound,
μέγα (mega)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3173: Large, great, in the widest sense.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

I
ἐγὼ (egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

am speaking
λέγω (legō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

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

Christ
Χριστὸν (Christon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

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

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.

church.
ἐκκλησίαν (ekklēsian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1577: From a compound of ek and a derivative of kaleo; a calling out, i.e. a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation.
(32) This is a great mystery.--Rather, This mystery is a great one. The words apply to the type, as well as to the Antitype. (1) The indissoluble and paramount sacredness of marriage, as all history shows, is "a mystery"--that is (see Ephesians 1:9), a secret of God's law, fully revealed in Christ alone. For in heathen, and, to some extent, even in Jewish thought, marriage was a contract far less sacred than the indissoluble tie of blood; and wherever Christian principle is renounced or obscured, that ancient idea recurs in modern times. It may be noted that from the translation here of the word "mystery," by sacramentum in the Latin versions, the application of the word "sacrament" to marriage arose. (2) But the following words, "But I" (the word "I" being emphatic) "speak concerning Christ and the Church," show--what indeed the whole passage has already shown--that St. Paul's chief thought has passed from the type to the Antitype. He has constantly dwelt on points which suit only Christ's relation to the Church, and to that relation he has, by an irresistible gravitation of thought, been brought back again and again. (3) Yet the two cannot be separate. The type brings out some features of the Antitype which no other comparison makes clear; and history shows that the sacredness of the type in the Church has depended on this great passage--bearing, as it does, emphatic witness against the ascetic tendency to look on marriage as simply a concession to weakness, and as leading to a life necessarily lower than the celibate life.

Verse 32. - This mystery is a great one; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the Church. The matter referred to is the typical relation between the marriage of man and wife, and the union of Christ and the Church. It is called a mystery, and it is not said, as is said of another mystery, referred to before (Ephesians 3:5), that it has been completely explained. Some light has been thrown upon it, but that is all. It is implied that there is something of mystery in many of the relations between things natural and things spiritual, but that in the depth and grandeur of the subject, the mystery connected with the marriage relation is pre-eminent - it is "a great mystery" The analogy of the wind to the Holy Spirit; the springing up of plants to the resurrection; the melancholy sounds of nature to the prevalence of sin; and many other analogies, present vague shadows of truth, the clear, full forms of which we cannot see. When the day breaks and "the shadows flee away," such things will appear in a clearer light. 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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