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Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:1 - I, therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live worthily of the calling with 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 - making every effort to keep 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 too were called to the one hope of your calling,

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 to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:8 - Therefore it says, "When he ascended on high he captured captives; he gave gifts to men."

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:9 - Now what is the meaning of "he ascended," except that he also descended to the lower regions, namely, the earth?

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:10 - He, the very one who descended, is also the one who ascended above all the heavens, in order to fill all things.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:11 - It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:12 - to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build 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 - a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ's full stature.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:14 - So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:15 - But practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:16 - From him the whole body grows, fitted and held together through every supporting ligament. As each one does its part, the body grows in love.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:17 - So I say this, and insist in the Lord, that you no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:18 - They are darkened in their understanding, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:19 - Because they are callous, they have given themselves over to indecency for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:20 - But you did not learn about Christ like this,

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:21 - if indeed you heard about him and were taught in him, just as the truth is in Jesus.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:22 - You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires,

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:23 - to be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:24 - and to put on the new man who has been created in God's image - in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:25 - Therefore, having laid aside falsehood, each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:26 - Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:27 - Do not give the devil an opportunity.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:28 - The one who steals must steal no longer; rather he must labor, doing good with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with the one who has need.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:29 - You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, 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 - You must put away every kind of bitterness, anger, wrath, quarreling, and evil, slanderous talk.

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:32 - Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.

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