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1 This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
2 for surely you have already heard of the commission of God's grace that was given me for you,
Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you,
3 and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words,
that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
4 a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ.
In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,
5 In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:
which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.
6 that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
7 Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God's grace that was given me by the working of his power.
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.
8 Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ,
Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,
9 and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things;
and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
10 so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,
11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,
according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
13 I pray therefore that you may not lose heart over my sufferings for you; they are your glory.
I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
For this reason I kneel before the Father,
15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.
from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit,
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine,
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
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