Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another1 in love.23
Make every effort to keep the unity3 of the Spirit through the bond of peace.44
There is one body5 and one Spirit6--just as you were called to one hope when you were called7--
one Lord,8 one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,9 who is over all and through all and in all.107
But to each one of us11 grace12 has been given13 as Christ apportioned it.
This is why ita says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives14 in his train and gave gifts to men."b159
(What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regionsc ?
He who descended is the very one who ascended16 higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)1711
It was he who gave18 some to be apostles,19 some to be prophets,20 some to be evangelists,21 and some to be pastors and teachers,2212
to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ23 may be built up2413
until we all reach unity25 in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God26 and become mature,27 attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.2814
Then we will no longer be infants,29 tossed back and forth by the waves,30 and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.3115
Instead, speaking the truth in love,32 we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head,33 that is, Christ.
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows34 and builds itself up35 in love,36 as each part does its work.
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer37 live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.3818
They are darkened in their understanding39 and separated from the life of God40 because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.4119
Having lost all sensitivity,42 they have given themselves over43 to sensuality44 so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
You, however, did not come to know Christ that way.
Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off45 your old self,46 which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;4723
to be made new in the attitude of your minds;4824
and to put on49 the new self,50 created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.5125
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully52 to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.5326
"In your anger do not sin"d:54 Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
and do not give the devil a foothold.5528
He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work,56 doing something useful with his own hands,57 that he may have something to share with those in need.5829
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,59 but only what is helpful for building others up60 according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,61 with whom you were sealed62 for the day of redemption.6331
Get rid of64 all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.6532
Be kind and compassionate to one another,66 forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.67