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1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
3 making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling,
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ's gift.
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
8 Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people."
This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”
9 (When it says, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth?
(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions ?
10 He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.)
He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
11 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.
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 We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming.
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 people in their deceitful scheming.
15 But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.
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 Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds.
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 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart.
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 have lost all sensitivity and have abandoned themselves to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.
Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
20 That is not the way you learned Christ!
That, however, is not the way of life you learned
21 For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus.
when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
22 You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts,
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 be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24 and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
“In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27 and do not make room for the devil.
and do not give the devil a foothold.
28 Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.
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 do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice,
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
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