224Wives, 5submit to your own husbands, 6as to the Lord.
For 7the husband is the head of the wife even as 8Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is 9himself its Savior.
Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit 10in everything to their husbands.
2511Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and 12gave himself up for her,
that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by 13the washing of water 14with the word,
so 15that he might present the church to himself in splendor, 16without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.a28
In the same way 17husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,
because 18we are members of his body.