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Ephesians 4 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unity in the Body of Christ

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:1 - I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:2 - with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:3 - eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:4 - There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:5 - one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:6 - one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:7 - But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:8 - Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:9 - (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:10 - He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:11 - And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds[fn] and teachers,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:12 - to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:13 - until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,[fn] to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:14 - so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:15 - Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:16 - from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

The New Life

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:17 - Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:18 - They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:19 - They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:20 - But that is not the way you learned Christ!—
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:21 - assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:22 - to put off your old self,[fn] which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:23 - and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:24 - and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:25 - Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:26 - Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:27 - and give no opportunity to the devil.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:28 - Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:29 - Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:30 - And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:31 - Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:32 - Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
ESV Footnotes
The Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women
Or the lower parts of the earth?
Or pastors
Or the shepherd-teachers
Greek to a full-grown man
Greek man; also verse 24

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