Ephesians 5:1-24 NIV

1 Be imitators of God,1 therefore, as dearly loved children2

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2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us3 and gave himself up for us4 as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.5

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3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality,6 or of any kind of impurity, or of greed,7 because these are improper for God's holy people.

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4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk8 or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.9

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      5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater10--has any inheritance11 in the kingdom of Christ and of God.a12

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        • a 5:5 - Or "kingdom of the Christ and God"
          6 Let no one deceive you13 with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath14 comes on those who are disobedient.15

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          7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
          8 For you were once16 darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light17

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          9 (for the fruit18 of the light consists in all goodness,19 righteousness and truth)

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          10 and find out what pleases the Lord.20

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          11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness,21 but rather expose them.

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          12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
          13 But everything exposed by the light22 becomes visible,

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          14 for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper,23 rise from the dead,24 and Christ will shine on you."25

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          15 Be very careful, then, how you live26--not as unwise but as wise,

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              16 making the most of every opportunity,27 because the days are evil.28

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              17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.29

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              18 Do not get drunk on wine,30 which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.31

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              19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.32 Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,

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              20 always giving thanks33 to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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              21 Submit to one another34 out of reverence for Christ.

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              Wives and Husbands

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

              22 Wives, submit to your husbands35 as to the Lord.36

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              23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church,37 his body, of which he is the Savior.

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              24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands38 in everything.

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                • 38 5:24 - S ver 22