Ephesians 5 WNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Therefore be imitators of God, as His dear children. 1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
2 And live and act lovingly, as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up to death on our behalf as an offering and sacrifice to God, yielding a fragrant odor. 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 But fornication and every kind of impurity, or covetousness, let them not even be mentioned among you, for they ought not to be named among God's people. 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 Avoid shameful and foolish talk and low jesting--they are all alike discreditable--and in place of these give thanks. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
5 For be well assured that no fornicator or immoral person and no money-grubber--or in other words idol-worshipper--has any share awaiting him 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 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for it is on account of these very sins that God's anger is coming upon the disobedient. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
7 Therefore do not become sharers with them. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
8 There was a time when you were nothing but darkness. Now, as Christians, you are Light itself. 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
9 Live and act as sons of Light--for the effect of the Light is seen in every kind of goodness, uprightness and truth-- 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
10 and learn in your own experiences what is fully pleasing to the Lord. 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.
11 Have nothing to do with the barren unprofitable deeds of darkness, but, instead of that, set your faces against them; 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
12 for the things which are done by these people in secret it is disgraceful even to speak of. 12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
13 But everything can be tested by the light and thus be shown in its true colors; for whatever shines of itself is light. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
14 For this reason it is said, "Rise, sleeper; rise from among the dead, and Christ will shed light upon 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 Therefore be very careful how you live and act. Let it not be as unwise men, but as wise. 15 Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise,
16 Buy up your opportunities, for these are evil times. 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
17 On this account do not prove yourselves wanting in sense, but try to understand what the Lord's will is. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.
18 Do not over-indulge in wine--a thing in which excess is so easy-- 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
19 but drink deeply of God's Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and offer praise in your hearts 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 and for everything let your thanks to God the Father be presented 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 and submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 Married women, submit to your own husbands as if to the Lord; 22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.
23 because a husband is the Head of his wife as Christ also is the Head of the Church, being indeed the Saviour of this His Body. 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 And just as the Church submits to Christ, so also married women should be entirely submissive to their husbands. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Married men, love your wives, as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself up to death for her; 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
26 in order to make her holy, cleansing her with the baptismal water by the word, 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
27 that He might present the Church to Himself a glorious bride, without spot or wrinkle or any other defect, but to be holy and unblemished. 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
28 So too married men ought to love their wives as much as they love themselves. He 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 For never yet has a man hated his own body. On the contrary he feeds and cherishes it, just as Christ feeds and cherishes 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 because we are, as it were, parts of His Body. 30 for we are members of his body.
31 "For this reason a man is to leave his father and his mother and be united to his wife, and the two shall be as one." 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 great truth hitherto kept secret: I mean the truth concerning Christ and the Church. 32 This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church.
33 Yet I insist that among you also, each man is to love his own wife as much as he loves himself, and let a married woman see to it that she treats her husband with respect. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.