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Ephesians 5 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:3 - But immorality [fn]or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among [fn]saints;
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:4 - and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:5 - For this you know with certainty, that no [fn]immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an 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 be partakers with them;
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:8 - for you were formerly 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 and righteousness and truth),
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:10 - [fn]trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:11 - Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even [fn]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 [fn]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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:15 - Therefore [fn]be careful how you walk, not as unwise men 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 - So then 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]for that is dissipation, 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 heart to the Lord;
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:20 - always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to [fn]God, even the Father;
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:21 - [fn]and be subject to one another in the [fn]fear of Christ.

Marriage Like Christ and the Church

(cf. Col 3:18, 19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:22 - Wives, be subject 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:25 - 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 ought also 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 members 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, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she [fn]respects her husband.
NASB95 Footnotes
One early ms reads us
Literally: for an odor of fragrance
Literally: and all
Or, holy ones
I.e. one who commits sexual immorality
Literally: proving what
Or, reprove
Or, reproved
Or, He
Literally: look carefully
Literally: redeeming the time
Literally: in which is
Or, yourselves
Literally: the God and Father
Literally: being subject
Or, reverence
Literally: glorious
Literally: fear

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