Ephesians 2:4
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New International Version
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,

King James Bible
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Darby Bible Translation
but God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love wherewith he loved us,

World English Bible
But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us,

Young's Literal Translation
and God, being rich in kindness, because of His great love with which He loved us,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

But God, who is rich in mercy - As they were corrupt in their nature, and sinful in their practice, they could possess no merit, nor have any claim upon God; and it required much mercy to remove so much misery, and to pardon such transgressions.

His great love - God's infinite love is the groundwork of our salvation; in reference to us that love assumes the form of mercy, and that mercy provides the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. And therefore the apostle adds, Ephesians 2:5 : By grace ye are saved - it is by God's free mercy in Christ that ye are brought into this state of salvation. See on Ephesians 2:8 (note).

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Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given...

Exodus 33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you...

Exodus 34:6,7 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering...

Nehemiah 9:17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of your wonders that you did among them; but hardened their necks...

Psalm 51:1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness...

Psalm 86:5,15 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy to all them that call on you...

Psalm 103:8-11 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy...

Psalm 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

Isaiah 55:6-8 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near...

Daniel 9:9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;

Jonah 4:2 And he prayed to the LORD, and said, I pray you, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country?...

Micah 7:18-20 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage...

Luke 1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high has visited us,

Romans 2:4 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering...

Romans 5:20,21 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound...

Romans 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had before prepared to glory,

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich to all that call on him.

1 Timothy 1:14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...

his.

Deuteronomy 7:7,8 The LORD did not set his love on you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people...

Deuteronomy 9:5,6 Not for your righteousness, or for the uprightness of your heart, do you go to possess their land...

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love...

Ezekiel 16:6-8 And when I passed by you, and saw you polluted in your own blood, I said to you when you were in your blood, Live; yes...

John 3:14-17 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up...

Romans 5:8 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 9:15,16 For he said to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion...

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved of the Lord...

2 Timothy 1:9 Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace...

Titus 3:4-7 But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared...

1 John 4:10-19 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins...

Library
March 14. "We are his Workmanship" (Eph. Ii. 10).
"We are His workmanship" (Eph. ii. 10). Christ sends us to serve Him, not in our own strength, but in His resources and might. "We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath prepared that we should walk in them." We do not have to prepare them; but to wear them as garments, made to order for every occasion of our life. We must receive them by faith and go forth in His work, believing that He is with us, and in us, as our all sufficiency for wisdom, faith, love, prayer,
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

God's Workmanship and Our Works
'We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.'--Eph. ii. 10. The metal is molten as it runs out of the blast furnace, but it soon cools and hardens. Paul's teaching about salvation by grace and by faith came in a hot stream from his heart, but to this generation his words are apt to sound coldly, and hardly theological. But they only need to be reflected upon in connection with our own experience, to become vivid and
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John

Life from the Dead
"And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins."--Ephesians 2:1. OUR TRANSLATORS, as you observe, have put in the words "hath he quickened", because Paul had thrown the sense a little farther on, and it was possible for the reader not to catch it. The have but anticipated the statement of the fourth and fifth verses: "God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ." Here is the point. God
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 38: 1892

The Tabernacle of the Most High
When men talk of holy places they seem to be ignorant of the use of language. Can holiness dwell in bricks and mortar? Can there be such a thing as a sanctified steeple? Can it possibly happen that there can be such a thing in the world as a moral window or a godly door post? I am lost in amazement, utterly lost, when I think how addled men's brains must be when they impute moral virtues to bricks and mortar, and stones, and stained glass. Pray how deep Doth this consecration go, and how high? Is
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859

Cross References
Isaiah 63:7
I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us-- yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 1:7
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace

Titus 3:5
he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

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