1Itherefore, the prisonerof the Lord,abeseechyou that ye walkworthy of the vocationwherewith ye are called ,
2Withalllowlinessandmeekness,withlongsuffering,forbearing one anotherinlove;3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spiritin the bond of peace.4
There is onebody,andoneSpirit, even asye are calledinonehope of yourcalling;5OneLord,onefaith,onebaptism,6OneGodandFather of all,who is aboveall,andthroughall,andinyouall.7But unto everyone of us is givengrace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.8Wherefore he saith , When he ascendedup on high, he led captivitybcaptive,andgavegifts unto men.9
(Now that he ascended , what is itbutthathealsodescendedfirstinto the lowerparts of the earth?10He that descendedis the same also that ascended up far aboveallheavens,that he might fillc all things.)
11Andhegavesome,apostles;and some, prophets;and some, evangelists;and some, pastorsandteachers;12For the perfecting of the saints,for the work of the ministry,for the edifying of the body of Christ:13Till we allcomeind the unity of the faith,and of the knowledge of the Son of God,unto a perfectman,unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:14That we henceforth be no morechildren, tossed to and fro , and carried about witheverywind of doctrine,by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness , whereby they lie in wait to deceive;15But speaking the truthinlove, may grow upintohim in all things,whichis the head, even Christ:16Fromwhom the wholebody fitly joined togetherandcompactedby that which everyjointsupplieth,according to the effectual workingin the measure of everypart , makethincrease of the bodyunto the edifying of itselfinlove.17This I saytherefore,andtestifyin the Lord, that yehenceforthwalknotasotherGentileswalk , in the vanity of theirmind,18
Having the understandingdarkened , beingalienated from the life of Godthrough the ignorance that isinthem,because of the blindnesse of theirheart:19Who being past feeling have giventhemselvesover unto lasciviousness,toworkalluncleannesswithgreediness.20ButyehavenotsolearnedChrist;21
If so be that ye have heardhim,and have been taughtbyhim,as the truthisinJesus:22
That ye put offconcerning the formerconversation the oldman,which is corruptaccording to the deceitfullusts;23And be renewed in the spirit of yourmind;24And that ye put on the newman,whichafterGod is createdinrighteousnessandtruefholiness.25Wherefore putting awaylying,speak every mantruthwithhisneighbour:for we aremembers one of another.26
Be ye angry , andsinnot:letnot the sun go downuponyourwrath:27Neithergiveplace to the devil.28Let him that stolesteal no more:butrather let him labour , working with his hands the thing which is good,that he may have to giveg to him that needeth .
29Letnocorruptcommunicationproceed out ofyourmouth,but that which is goodtoh the use of edifying,that it may ministergrace unto the hearers .
30Andgrievenot the holySpirit of God,wherebyye are sealedunto the day of redemption.31Letallbitterness,andwrath,andanger,andclamour,and evil speaking, be put awayfromyou,withallmalice:32Andbe ye kind one to another , tenderhearted,forgiving one another, even asGodforChrist'ssake hath forgivenyou.