Ephesians 5 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 You are the children that God dearly loves. So be just like him. 1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
2 Lead a life of love, just as Christ did. He loved us. He gave himself up for us. He was a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice to God. 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 There should not be even a hint of sexual sin among you. Don't do anything unclean. And do not always want more and more. Things like that are not what God's holy people should do. 3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.
4 There must not be any unclean speech or foolish talk or dirty jokes. All of them are out of place. Instead, you should give thanks. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
5 Here is what you can be sure of. Those who give themselves over to sexual sins are lost. So are people whose lives are not pure. The same is true of those who always want more and more. People who do those things might as well worship statues of gods. No one who does them will receive a share in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Don't let anyone fool you with words that don't mean anything. Because of things like that, God is angry with those who don't obey. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
7 So don't go along with people like that. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
8 At one time you were in the dark. But now you are in the light because of what the Lord has done. Live like children of the light. 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
9 The light produces what is completely good, right and true. 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
10 Find out what pleases the Lord. 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.
11 Have nothing to do with the acts of darkness. They don't produce anything good. Show what they are really like. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
12 It is shameful even to talk about what people who don't obey do in secret. 12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
13 But everything the light shines on can be seen. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
14 Light makes everything clear. That is why it is said, "Wake up, sleeper. Rise from the dead. Then Christ will shine on you." 14 for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
15 So be very careful how you live. Do not live like people who aren't wise. Live like people who are wise. 15 Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise,
16 Make the most of every opportunity. The days are evil. 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
17 So don't be foolish. Instead, understand what the Lord wants. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.
18 Don't fill yourself up with wine. Getting drunk will lead to wild living. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
19 Speak to each other with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord. 19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
20 Always give thanks to God the Father for everything. Give thanks to him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
21 Follow the lead of one another because of your respect for Christ. 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 Wives, follow the lead of your husbands as you follow the Lord. 22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.
23 The husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the church. The church is Christ's body. He is its Savior. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
24 The church follows the lead of Christ. In the same way, wives should follow the lead of their husbands in everything. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives. Love them just as Christ loved the church. He gave himself up for her. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
26 He did it to make her holy. He made her clean by washing her with water and the word. 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
27 He did it to bring her to himself as a brightly shining church. He wants a church that has no stain or wrinkle or any other flaw. He wants a church that is holy and without blame. 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
28 In the same way, husbands should love their wives. They should love them as they love their own bodies. Any man who loves his wife loves himself. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
29 After all, people have never hated their own bodies. Instead, they feed and care for their bodies. And that is what Christ does for the church. 29 After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church--
30 We are parts of his body. 30 for we are members of his body.
31 Scripture says, "That's why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. The two will become one."#1(Genesis 2:24)#2 31 "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."
32 That is a deep mystery. But I'm talking about Christ and the church. 32 This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church.
33 A husband also must love his wife. He must love her just as he loves himself. And a wife must respect her husband. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.