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Ephesians 5 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Living in the Light
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:1 - Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:2 - Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us[fn] and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:3 - Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:4 - Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:5 - You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:6 - Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:7 - Don’t participate in the things these people do.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:8 - For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:9 - For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:10 - Carefully determine what pleases the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:11 - Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:12 - It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:13 - But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:14 - for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said,
“Awake, O sleeper,
rise up from the dead,
and Christ will give you light.”
Living by the Spirit’s Power
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:15 - So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:16 - Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:17 - Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:18 - Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:19 - singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:20 - And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Spirit-Guided Relationships: Wives and Husbands
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:21 - And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
(cf. Col 3:18, 19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:22 - For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:23 - For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:24 - As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:25 - For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:26 - to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:27 - He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:28 - In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:29 - No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:30 - And we are members of his body.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:31 - As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:32 - This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:33 - So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
NLT Footnotes
Some manuscripts read loved you.
Greek washed by water with the word.
Gen 2:24.

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