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Ephesians 5

MSG 1 Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. NIV 1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children MSG 2 Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. NIV 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. MSG 3 Don't allow love to turn into lust, setting off a downhill slide into sexual promiscuity, filthy practices, or bullying greed. NIV 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. MSG 4 Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, Christians have better uses for language than that. Don't talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn't fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect. NIV 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. MSG 5 You can be sure that using people or religion or things just for what you can get out of them - the usual variations on idolatry - will get you nowhere, and certainly nowhere near the kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of God. NIV 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. MSG 6 Don't let yourselves get taken in by religious smooth talk. God gets furious with people who are full of religious sales talk but want nothing to do with him. NIV 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. MSG 7 Don't even hang around people like that. NIV 7 Therefore do not be partners with them. MSG 8 You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You're out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! NIV 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light MSG 9 The good, the right, the true - these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. NIV 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) MSG 10 Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it. NIV 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. MSG 11 Don't waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. NIV 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. MSG 12 It's a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. NIV 12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. MSG 13 Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ. NIV 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, MSG 14 Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light! NIV 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." MSG 15 So watch your step. Use your head. NIV 15 Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, MSG 16 Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! NIV 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. MSG 17 Don't live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants. NIV 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. MSG 18 Don't drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. NIV 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. MSG 19 Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. NIV 19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, MSG 20 Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ. NIV 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. MSG 21 Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another. NIV 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. MSG 22 Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. NIV 22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. MSG 23 The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. NIV 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. MSG 24 So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands. NIV 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. MSG 25 Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church - a love marked by giving, not getting. NIV 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her MSG 26 Christ's love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, NIV 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, MSG 27 dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. NIV 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. MSG 28 And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They're really doing themselves a favor - since they're already "one" in marriage. NIV 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. MSG 29 No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That's how Christ treats us, the church, NIV 29 After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church-- MSG 30 since we are part of his body. NIV 30 for we are members of his body. MSG 31 And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become "one flesh." NIV 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." MSG 32 This is a huge mystery, and I don't pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. NIV 32 This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church. MSG 33 And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband. NIV 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.