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Ephesians 4

NLT 1 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. NIV 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. NLT 2 Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love. NIV 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. NLT 3 Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace. NIV 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. NLT 4 We are all one body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called to the same glorious future. NIV 4 There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were called-- NLT 5 There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, NIV 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; NLT 6 and there is only one God and Father, who is over us all and in us all and living through us all. NIV 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. NLT 7 However, he has given each one of us a special gift according to the generosity of Christ. NIV 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. NLT 8 That is why the Scriptures say, "When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people." NIV 8 This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men." NLT 9 Notice that it says "he ascended." This means that Christ first came down to the lowly world in which we live. NIV 9 (What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions ? NLT 10 The same one who came down is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that his rule might fill the entire universe. NIV 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) NLT 11 He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. NIV 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, NLT 12 Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, NIV 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up NLT 13 until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ. NIV 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. NLT 14 Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth. NIV 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. NLT 15 Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. NIV 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. NLT 16 Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. NIV 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. NLT 17 With the Lord's authority let me say this: Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. NIV 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. NLT 18 Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against him. NIV 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. NLT 19 They don't care anymore about right and wrong, and they have given themselves over to immoral ways. Their lives are filled with all kinds of impurity and greed. NIV 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. NLT 20 But that isn't what you were taught when you learned about Christ. NIV 20 You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. NLT 21 Since you have heard all about him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, NIV 21 Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. NLT 22 throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. NIV 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; NLT 23 Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. NIV 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; NLT 24 You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God's likeness -- righteous, holy, and true. NIV 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. NLT 25 So put away all falsehood and "tell your neighbor the truth" because we belong to each other. NIV 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. NLT 26 And "don't sin by letting anger gain control over you." Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry, NIV 26 "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, NLT 27 for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil. NIV 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. NLT 28 If you are a thief, stop stealing. Begin using your hands for honest work, and then give generously to others in need. NIV 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. NLT 29 Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. NIV 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. NLT 30 And do not bring sorrow to God's Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he is the one who has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. NIV 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. NLT 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. NIV 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. NLT 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. NIV 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.