Ephesians 3:8-18 NIV

8 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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9 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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10 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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11 according to his eternal purpose9 which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God10 with freedom and confidence.11

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13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

A Prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel12 before the Father,

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15 from whom his whole familya in heaven and on earth derives its name.

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    • a 3:15 - Or "whom all fatherhood"
      16 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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      17 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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      18 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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