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Ephesians 5:1-21 (New American Standard)

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Be Imitators of God

1 1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and 2walk in love, just as Christ also 3loved ayou and 4gave Himself up for us, an 5offering and a sacrifice to God bas a 6fragrant aroma. 3 But 7immorality cor any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among dsaints; 4 and there must be no 8filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which 9are not fitting, but rather 10giving of thanks. 5 For this you know with certainty, that 11no eimmoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom 12of Christ and God. 6 13Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things 14the wrath of God comes upon 15the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be 16partakers with them; 8 for 17you were formerly 18darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as 19children of Light 9 (for 20the fruit of the Light consists in all 21goodness and righteousness and truth ), 10 f22trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 23Do not participate in the unfruitful 24deeds of 25darkness, but instead even g26expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible 27when they are hexposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14 For this reason iit says, "28Awake, sleeper, And arise from 29the dead, And Christ 30will shine on you." 15 Therefore jbe careful how you 31walk, not 32as unwise men but as wise, 16 k33making the most of your time, because 34the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but 35understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And 36do not get drunk with wine, lfor that is 37dissipation, but be 38filled with the Spirit, 19 39speaking to mone another in 40psalms and 41hymns and spiritual 42songs, 43singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 44always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to n45God, even the Father; 21 o46and be subject to one another in the p47fear of Christ.
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