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Ephesians 5:20-33 (New International Version)

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20 always giving thanks1 to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 21 Submit to one another2 out of reverence for Christ.

Wives and Husbands

5:22-6:9pp -- Col 3:18-4:1

22 Wives, submit to your husbands3 as to the Lord.4 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church,5 his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands6 in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives,7 just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her8 26 to make her holy,9 cleansinga her by the washing10 with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself11 as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.12 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives13 as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church-- 30 for we are members of his body.14 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."b15 32 This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife16 as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
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