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1 I then, the prisoner in the Lord, make this request from my heart, that you will see that your behaviour is a credit to the position which God's purpose has given you, 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
2 With all gentle and quiet behaviour, taking whatever comes, putting up with one another in love; 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
3 Taking care to keep the harmony of the Spirit in the yoke of peace. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
4 There is one body and one Spirit, even as you have been marked out by God in the one hope of his purpose for you; 4 There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were called--
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6 One God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all. 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 But to every one of us has grace been given in the measure of the giving of Christ. 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
8 For this reason he says, He went up on high, taking his prisoners with him, and gave freely to men. 8 This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men."
9 (Now this, He went up, what is it but that he first went down into the lower parts of the earth? 9 (What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions ?
10 He who went down is the same who went up far over all the heavens so that he might make all things complete.) 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
11 And he gave some as Apostles, and some, prophets; and some, preachers of the good news; and some to give care and teaching; 11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,
12 For the training of the saints as servants in the church, for the building up of the body of Christ: 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
13 Till we all come to the harmony of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to full growth, to the full measure of Christ: 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 So that we may be no longer children, sent this way and that, turned about by every wind of teaching, by the twisting and tricks of men, by the deceits of error; 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.
15 But saying true words in love, may come to full growth in him, who is the head, even Christ; 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
16 Through whom all the body, being rightly formed and united together, by the full working of every part, is increased to the building up of itself in love. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
17 This I say, then, and give witness in the Lord, that you are to go no longer in the way of the Gentiles whose minds are turned to that which has no profit, 17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.
18 Whose thoughts are dark, to whom the life of God is strange because they are without knowledge, and their hearts have been made hard; 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
19 Who having no more power of feeling, have given themselves up to evil passions, to do all unclean things with overmuch desire. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
20 For this was not the teaching of Christ which was given to you; 20 You, however, did not come to know Christ that way.
21 If in fact you gave ear to him, and were given teaching in him, even as what is true is made clear in Jesus: 21 Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
22 That you are to put away, in relation to your earlier way of life, the old man, which has become evil by love of deceit; 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
23 And be made new in the spirit of your mind, 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24 And put on the new man, to which God has given life, in righteousness and a true and holy way of living. 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 And so, putting away false words, let everyone say what is true to his neighbour: for we are parts one of another. 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
26 Be angry without doing wrong; let not the sun go down on your wrath; 26 "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27 And do not give way to the Evil One. 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
28 Let him who was a thief be so no longer, but let him do good work with his hands, so that he may have something to give to him who is in need. 28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouth, but only what is good for giving necessary teaching, and for grace to those who give ear. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
30 And do not give grief to the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were marked for the day of salvation. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitter, sharp and angry feeling, and noise, and evil words, be put away from you, with all unkind acts; 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
32 And be kind to one another, full of pity, having forgiveness for one another, even as God in Christ had forgiveness for you. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.