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Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children

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But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.

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Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

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For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[fn]

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Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

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Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.

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For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

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Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

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“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[fn]

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This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.

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However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
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