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Ephesians 4 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Therefore, as a prisoner for the Lord, I encourage you to live as people worthy of the call you received from God. 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
2 Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love, 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
3 and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you together. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
4 You are one body and one spirit, just as God also called you in one hope. 4 There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were called--
5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6 and one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all. 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 God has given his grace to each one of us measured out by the gift that is given by Christ. 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
8 That's why scripture says, When he climbed up to the heights, he captured prisoners, and he gave gifts to people. 8 This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men."
9 What does the phrase "he climbed up" mean if it doesn't mean that he had first gone down into the lower regions, the earth? 9 (What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions ?
10 The one who went down is the same one who climbed up above all the heavens so that he might fill everything. 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
11 He gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. 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 His purpose was to equip God's people for the work of serving and building up 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 until we all reach the unity of faith and knowledge of God's Son. God's goal is for us to become mature adults—to be fully grown, measured by the standard of the fullness 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 As a result, we aren't supposed to be infants any longer who can be tossed and blown around by every wind that comes from teaching with deceitful scheming and the tricks people play to deliberately mislead others. 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 Instead, by speaking the truth with love, let's grow in every way into 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 who is the head. The whole body grows from him, as it is joined and held together by all the supporting ligaments. The body makes itself grow in that it builds itself up with love as each one does their part. 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 So I'm telling you this, and I insist on it in the Lord: you shouldn't live your life like the Gentiles anymore. They base their lives on pointless thinking, 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 and they are in the dark in their reasoning. They are disconnected from God's life because of their ignorance and their closed hearts. 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 They are people who lack all sense of right and wrong, and who have turned themselves over to doing whatever feels good and to practicing every sort of corruption along with greed. 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 But you didn't learn that sort of thing from Christ. 20 You, however, did not come to know Christ that way.
21 Since you really listened to him and you were taught how the truth is in Jesus, 21 Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
22 change the former way of life that was part of the person you once were, corrupted by deceitful desires. 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 Instead, renew the thinking in your mind by the Spirit 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24 and clothe yourself with the new person created according to God's image in justice and true holiness. 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore, after you have gotten rid of lying, Each of you must tell the truth to your neighbor because we are parts of each other in the same body. 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 sinning. Don't let the sun set on your anger. 26 "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27 Don't provide an opportunity for the devil. 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
28 Thieves should no longer steal. Instead, they should go to work, using their hands to do good so that they will have something to share with whoever 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 Don't let any foul words come out of your mouth. Only say what is helpful when it is needed for building up the community so that it benefits those who hear what you say. 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 Don't make the Holy Spirit of God unhappy—you were sealed by him for the day of redemption. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Put aside all bitterness, losing your temper, anger, shouting, and slander, along with every other evil. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
32 Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.