Ephesians 5
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1Become, then, followers of God, as beloved children, 2and walk in love, as the Christ also loved us, and gave Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a refreshing fragrance,

3and whoredom, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, do not let it even be named among you, as is proper to holy ones; 4also filthiness, and foolish talking, or jesting—the things not fit—but rather thanksgiving; 5for you know this, that every whoremonger, or unclean, or covetous person, who is an idolater, has no inheritance in the kingdom of the Christ and God.

6Let no one deceive you with vain words, for because of these things comes the anger of God on the sons of the disobedience; 7do not become, then, partakers with them,

8for you were once darkness, and now light in the LORD; walk as children of light, 9for the fruit of the light [is] in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth, 10proving what is well-pleasing to the LORD; 11and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of the darkness and rather even convict, 12for it is a shame even to speak of the things done by them in secret, 13and all the things reproved by the light are revealed, for everything that is revealed is light;

14for this reason it says, “Arouse yourself, you who are sleeping, and arise out of the dead, and the Christ will shine on you.”

15See, then, how exactly you walk, not as unwise, but as wise, 16redeeming the time, because the days are evil; 17do not become fools because of this, but—understanding what [is] the will of the LORD, 18and do not be drunk with wine, in which is wastefulness, but be filled in the Spirit, 19speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the LORD, 20always giving thanks for all things, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to the God and Father, 21subjecting yourselves to one another in the fear of Christ.

22The wives: [subject yourselves] to your own husbands, as to the LORD, 23because the husband is head of the wife, as also the Christ [is] head of the Assembly, and He is Savior of the body, 24but even as the Assembly is subject to Christ, so also [are] the wives [subject] to their own husbands in everything.

25The husbands: love your own wives, as the Christ also loved the Assembly, and gave Himself for it, 26that He might sanctify it, having cleansed [it] with the bathing of the water in the saying, 27that He might present the Assembly to Himself in glory, having no spot or wrinkle, or any of such things, but that it may be holy and unblemished; 28so ought the husbands to love their own wives as their own bodies: he who is loving his own wife—he loves himself; 29for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and nurtures it, as also the LORD—the Assembly, 30because we are members of His body, [[of His flesh, and of His bones.]] 31“For this cause will a man leave his father and mother, and will be joined to his wife, and the two will be into one flesh”; 32this secret is great, and I speak in regard to Christ and to the Assembly; 33but you also, everyone in particular—let each so love his own wife as himself, and the wife—that she may revere the husband.


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