Ephesians 5:22-31 NIV

Wives and Husbands

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

22 Wives, submit to your husbands1 as to the Lord.2

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23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church,3 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 husbands4 in everything.

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    • 38 5:24 - S ver 22
      25 Husbands, love your wives,5 just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her6

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          26 to make her holy,7 cleansinga her by the washing8 with water through the word,

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            • b 5:26 - Or "having cleansed"
              27 and to present her to himself9 as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.10

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              28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives11 as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

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                  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.12

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                  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."b13

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