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Ephesians 5 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Walk in Love
Walk in Love, Light, and Wisdom
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:1 - Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:2 - And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:3 - But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:4 - neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:5 - For this you know,[fn] that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any 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.
Walk in Light
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:8 - For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:9 - (for the fruit of the Spirit[fn] is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:10 - finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:11 - And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:12 - For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:13 - But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:14 - Therefore He says:

“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”
Walk in Wisdom
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:15 - See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:16 - redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:17 - Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:18 - And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:19 - speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:20 - giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:21 - submitting to one another in the fear of God.[fn]
Marriage—Christ and the Church
(cf. Col. 3:18, 19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:22 - Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:23 - For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:24 - Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:25 - Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:26 - that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:27 - that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:28 - So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:29 - For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:30 - For we are members of His body,[fn] of His flesh and of His bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:31 - “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:32 - This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:33 - Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text reads For know this.
NU-Text reads light.
NU-Text reads Christ.
NU-Text omits the rest of this verse.
Genesis 2:24

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

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