Ephesians 4:12-22 (Lexham English Bible)

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12 for the equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to a measure of the maturity of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be infants, tossed about by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of people, by craftiness with reference to the scheming of deceit. 15 But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow into him [with reference to] all [things], who is the head, Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined together and held together by every supporting ligament, according to the working by measure of each single part, the growth of the body makes for the building up of itself in love.

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17 This therefore I say and testify in the Lord, [that] you no longer walk as the Gentiles walk: in the futility of their mind, 18 being darkened in understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance [that] is in them, because of the hardness of their heart, 19 who, becoming callous, gave themselves over to licentiousness, for the pursuit of all uncleanness in greediness. 20 But you did not learn Christ in this way, 21 if indeed you have heard [about] him, and you were taught by him (just as truth is in Jesus), 22 [that] you take off, according to your former way of life, the old man, who is being destroyed according to deceitful desires,
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