Husbands, love your wives,1 just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her2
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to make her holy,3 cleansing her by the washing4 with water through the word,
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and to present her to himself5 as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.6
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In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives7 as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
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After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church--
for we are members of his body.8
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"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."9
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This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church.