Ephesians 3:9-19 NIV

9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery,1 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 God2 should be made known3 to the rulers and authorities4 in the heavenly realms,5

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11 according to his eternal purpose6 which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God7 with freedom and confidence.8

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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 kneel9 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 riches10 he may strengthen you with power11 through his Spirit in your inner being,12

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      17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts13 through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted14 and established in love,

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      18 may have power, together with all the saints,15 to grasp how wide and long and high and deep16 is the love of Christ,

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      19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge17--that you may be filled18 to the measure of all the fullness of God.19

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