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Ephesians 5 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Be Imitators of God

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:1 -

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:2 - and walk in love, just as Christ also loved [fn]you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God [fn]as a fragrant aroma.
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But sexual immorality [fn]or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you, as is proper among [fn]saints;

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:4 - and there must be no filthiness [fn]or foolish talk, or vulgar joking, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:5 - For this you know with certainty, that no sexually immoral or [fn]impure or greedy person, which [fn]amounts to an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
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See that no one deceives you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the [fn]sons of disobedience.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:7 - Therefore do not become partners with them;
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:8 - for you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:9 - (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:10 - [fn]as you try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:11 - Do not participate in the useless deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:12 - for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:13 - But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:14 - For this reason [fn]it says,

“Awake, sleeper,

And arise from the dead,

And Christ will shine on you.”

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So then, [fn]be careful how you walk, not as unwise people but as wise,

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:16 - [fn]making the most of your 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, [fn]in which there is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:19 - speaking to [fn]one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your hearts to the Lord;
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:20 - always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our God and Father;
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:21 - [fn]and subject yourselves to one another in the [fn]fear of Christ.

Marriage like Christ and the Church

(cf. Col 3:18, 19 )
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Wives, subject yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:23 - For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:24 - But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
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Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:26 - so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:27 - that He might present to Himself the church [fn]in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:28 - So husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:29 - for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:30 - because we are parts of His body.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:32 - This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:33 - Nevertheless, as for you individually, each husband is to love his own wife the same as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.
NASB20 Footnotes
One early ms us
Lit for an odor of fragrance
Lit and all
Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
Lit and
I.e., morally impure
Lit is
I.e., people opposed to God
Lit putting to the test what
Or He
Lit look carefully
Lit redeeming the time
Or by which
Or yourselves
Lit being submissive to
Or reverence for
Lit glorious

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