Ephesians 5:17-33 Bible in Basic English

17  For this reason, then, do not be foolish, but be conscious of the Lord's pleasure. 18  And do not take overmuch wine by which one may be overcome, but be full of the Spirit; 19  Joining with one another in holy songs of praise and of the Spirit, using your voice in songs and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20  Giving praise at all times for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God, even the Father;

21  Letting yourselves be ruled by one another in the fear of Christ.

Be Subject to One Another

22  Wives, be under the authority of your husbands, as of the Lord. 23  For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church, being himself the saviour of the body. 24  And as the church is under Christ's authority, so let wives be under the rule of their husbands in all things. 25  Husbands, have love for your wives, even as Christ had love for the church, and gave himself for it; 26  So that he might make it holy, having made it clean with the washing of water by the word, 27  And might take it for himself, a church full of glory, not having one mark or fold or any such thing; but that it might be holy and complete. 28  Even so it is right for husbands to have love for their wives as for their bodies. He who has love for his wife has love for himself: 29  For no man ever had hate for his flesh; but he gives it food and takes care of it, even as Christ does for the church; 30  Because we are parts of his body. 31  For this cause will a man go away from his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. 32  This is a great secret: but my words are about Christ and the church. 33  But do you, everyone, have love for his wife, even as for himself; and let the wife see that she has respect for her husband.

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