Although I am less than the least of all God's people,1 this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles2 the unsearchable riches of Christ,3
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and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery,4 which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
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His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God5 should be made known6 to the rulers and authorities7 in the heavenly realms,8
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according to his eternal purpose9 which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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In him and through faith in him we may approach God10 with freedom and confidence.11
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I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
For this reason I kneel12 before the Father,
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from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
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I pray that out of his glorious riches13 he may strengthen you with power14 through his Spirit in your inner being,15
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so that Christ may dwell in your hearts16 through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted17 and established in love,
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may have power, together with all the saints,18 to grasp how wide and long and high and deep19 is the love of Christ,
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