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Ephesians 5 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Walk in Love

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:1 - Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:2 - And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:3 - But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:4 - Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:5 - For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:6 - Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:7 - Therefore do not become partners with them;
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:8 - for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:9 - (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true),
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:10 - and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:11 - Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:12 - For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:13 - But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:14 - for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:15 - Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:16 - making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:17 - Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:18 - And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:19 - addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:20 - giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:21 - submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Wives and Husbands

(cf. Col 3:18, 19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:22 - Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:23 - For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:24 - Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:25 - Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:26 - that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:27 - so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:28 - In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:29 - For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:30 - because we are members of his body.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:31 - “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:32 - This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:33 - However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
ESV Footnotes
Or holy and blameless

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