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Ephesians 4 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Walk in Unity
One Church, Many Parts
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:1 - I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:2 - with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:3 - endeavoring 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 were called in 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 above all, and through all, and in you[fn] all.
Spiritual Gifts
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:7 - But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:8 - Therefore He says:

“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:9 - (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first[fn] descended into the lower parts of the earth?
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:10 - He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:11 - And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:12 - for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:13 - till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:14 - that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:15 - but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:16 - from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
The New Man
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:17 - This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of[fn] the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:18 - having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:19 - who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:20 - But you have not so learned Christ,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:21 - if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:22 - that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:23 - and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:24 - and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Do Not Grieve the Spirit
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:25 - Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,”[fn] for we are members of one another.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:26 - “Be angry, and do not sin”:[fn] do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:27 - nor give place to the devil.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:28 - Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:29 - Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
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 - Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:32 - And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text omits you; M-Text reads us.
Psalm 68:18
NU-Text omits first.
NU-Text omits the rest of.
Zechariah 8:16
Psalm 4:4

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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