Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,1 who has blessed us in the heavenly realms2 with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
For he chose us3 in him before the creation of the world4 to be holy and blameless5 in his sight. In love65
hea predestined7 us to be adopted as his sons8 through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure9 and will--
to the praise of his glorious grace,10 which he has freely given us in the One he loves.117
In him we have redemption12 through his blood,13 the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches14 of God's grace
that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
And heb made known to us the mystery15 of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed16 in Christ,
to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment17--to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.1811
In him we were also chosen,c having been predestined19 according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose20 of his will,
in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.21