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Ephesians 5 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:1 - Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:2 - and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:3 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:4 - Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:5 - 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]
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:6 - Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:7 - Therefore do not be partners with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:8 - For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live 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 - and find out what pleases the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:11 - Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:12 - It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:13 - But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:14 - This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:15 - Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:16 - making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:17 - Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:18 - Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:19 - speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:20 - always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Instructions for Christian Households

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:21 - Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
(cf. Col 3:18, 19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:22 - Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:23 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:24 - Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:25 - Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:26 - to make her holy, cleansing[fn] her by the washing with water through the word,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:27 - and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:28 - In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:29 - After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:30 - for we are members of his body.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:31 - “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]
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:32 - This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:33 - However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
NIV Footnotes
Or kingdom of the Messiah and God
Or having cleansed
Gen. 2:24

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