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Ephesians 4 WNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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Weymouth New Testament (WNT) New International Version (NIV)
1 I, then, the prisoner for the Master's sake, entreat you to live and act as becomes those who have received the call that you have received-- 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 lowliness of mind and unselfishness, and with patience, bearing with one another lovingly, and earnestly striving to maintain, 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
3 in the uniting bond of peace, the unity given by the Spirit. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
4 There is but one body and but one Spirit, as also when you were called you had one and the same hope held out to you. 4 There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were called--
5 There is but one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6 and one God and Father of all, who rules over all, acts through all, and dwells in all. 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 Yet to each of us individually grace was given, measured out with the munificence of Christ. 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
8 For this reason Scripture says: "He re-ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and gave gifts 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 "re-ascended" --what does it mean but that He had first descended into the lower regions of the earth? 9 (What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions ?
10 He who descended is the same as He who ascended again far above all the Heavens in order to fill the universe.) 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 Himself appointed some to be Apostles, some to be Prophets, some to be evangelists, some to be 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 in order fully to equip His people for the work of serving--for the building up of Christ's body-- 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
13 till we all of us arrive at oneness in faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, and at mature manhood and the stature of full-grown men in 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 we shall no longer be babes nor shall we resemble mariners tossed on the waves and carried about with every changing wind of doctrine according to men's cleverness and unscrupulous cunning, making use of every shifting device to mislead. 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 we shall lovingly hold to the truth, and shall in all respects grow up into union with Him who is our 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 Dependent on Him, the whole body--its various parts closely fitting and firmly adhering to one another-- grows by the aid of every contributory link, with power proportioned to the need of each individual part, so as to build itself up in a spirit of 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 Therefore I warn you, and I implore you in the name of the Master, no longer to live as the Gentiles in their perverseness live, 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 with darkened understandings, having by reason of the ignorance which is deep-seated in them and the insensibility of their moral nature, no share in the Life which God gives. 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 Such men being past feeling have abandoned themselves to impurity, greedily indulging in every kind of profligacy. 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 these are not the lessons which you have learned from Christ; 20 You, however, did not come to know Christ that way.
21 if at least you have heard His voice and in Him have been taught--and this is true Christian teaching-- 21 Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
22 to put away, in regard to your former mode of life, your original evil nature which is doomed to perish as befits its misleading impulses, 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 to get yourselves renewed in the temper of your minds and clothe yourselves 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24 with that new and better self which has been created to resemble God in the righteousness and holiness which come from the truth. 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 For this reason, laying aside falsehood, every one of you should speak the truth to his fellow man; for we are, as it were, parts of one 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 If angry, beware of sinning. Let not your irritation last until the sun goes down; 26 "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27 and do not leave room for the Devil. 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
28 He who has been a thief must steal no more, but, instead of that, should work with his own hands in honest industry, so that he may have something of which he can give the needy a share. 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 unwholesome words ever pass your lips, but let all your words be good for benefiting others according to the need of the moment, so that they may be a means of blessing to the hearers. 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 beware of grieving the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you have been sealed in preparation 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 Let all bitterness and all passionate feeling, all anger and loud insulting language, be unknown among you--and also every kind of malice. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
32 On the contrary learn to be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ has also forgiven you. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.