Ephesians 4-6 Darby’s Translation

The Unity of the Spirit

4 1  I, the prisoner in [the] Lord, exhort you therefore to walk worthy of the calling wherewith ye have been called,

2  with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love; 3  using diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace. 4  [There is] one body and one Spirit, as ye have been also called in one hope of your calling; 5  one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6  one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in us all. 7  But to each one of us has been given grace according to the measure of the gift of the Christ. 8  Wherefore he says, Having ascended up on high, he has led captivity captive, and has given gifts to men. 9  But that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10  He that descended is the same who has also ascended up above all the heavens, that he might fill all things; 11  and he has given some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some shepherds and teachers, 12  for the perfecting of the saints; with a view to [the] work of [the] ministry, with a view to the edifying of the body of Christ; 13  until we all arrive at the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, at [the] full-grown man, at [the] measure of the stature of the fulness of the Christ; 14  in order that we may be no longer babes, tossed and carried about by every wind of that teaching [which is] in the sleight of men, in unprincipled cunning with a view to systematized error; 15  but, holding the truth in love, we may grow up to him in all things, who is the head, the Christ: 16  from whom the whole body, fitted together, and connected by every joint of supply, according to [the] working in [its] measure of each one part, works for itself the increase of the body to its self-building up in love.

The New Life in Christ

17  This I say therefore, and testify in [the] Lord, that ye should no longer walk as [the rest of] the nations walk in [the] vanity of their mind, 18  being darkened in understanding, estranged from the life of God by reason of the ignorance which is in them, by reason of the hardness of their hearts, 19  who having cast off all feeling, have given themselves up to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greedy unsatisfied lust. 20  But ye have not thus learnt the Christ, 21  if ye have heard him and been instructed in him according as [the] truth is in Jesus; 22  [namely] your having put off according to the former conversation the old man which corrupts itself according to the deceitful lusts; 23  and being renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24  and [your] having put on the new man, which according to God is created in truthful righteousness and holiness. 25  Wherefore, having put off falsehood, speak truth every one with his neighbour, because we are members one of another. 26  Be angry, and do not sin; let not the sun set upon your wrath, 27  neither give room for the devil. 28  Let the stealer steal no more, but rather let him toil, working what is honest with [his] hands, that he may have to distribute to him that has need. 29  Let no corrupt word go out of your mouth, but if [there be] any good one for needful edification, that it may give grace to those that hear [it]. 30  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which ye have been sealed for [the] day of redemption. 31  Let all bitterness, and heat of passion, and wrath, and clamour, and injurious language, be removed from you, with all malice; 32  and be to one another kind, compassionate, forgiving one another, so as God also in Christ has forgiven you.

Walk as Children of Light

5 1  Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children, 2  and walk in love, even as the Christ loved us, and delivered himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.

3  But fornication and all uncleanness or unbridled lust, let it not be even named among you, as it becomes saints; 4  and filthiness and foolish talking, or jesting, which are not convenient; but rather thanksgiving. 5  For this ye are [well] informed of, knowing that no fornicator, or unclean person, or person of unbridled lust, who is an idolater, has inheritance in the kingdom of the Christ and God. 6  Let no one deceive you with vain words, for on account of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7  Be not ye therefore fellow-partakers with them; 8  for ye were once darkness, but now light in [the] Lord; walk as children of light, 9  (for the fruit of the light [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth,) 10  proving what is agreeable to the Lord; 11  and do not have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather also reprove [them], 12  for the things that are done by them in secret it is shameful even to say. 13  But all things having their true character exposed by the light are made manifest; for that which makes everything manifest is light. 14  Wherefore he says, Wake up, [thou] that sleepest, and arise up from among the dead, and the Christ shall shine upon thee. 15  See therefore how ye walk carefully, not as unwise but as wise, 16  redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17  For this reason be not foolish, but understanding what [is] the will of the Lord. 18  And be not drunk with wine, in which is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19  speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and chanting with your heart to the Lord; 20  giving thanks at all times for all things to him [who is] God and [the] Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

21  submitting yourselves to one another in [the] fear of Christ.

Be Subject to One Another

22  Wives, [submit yourselves] to your own husbands, as to the Lord, 23  for a husband is head of the wife, as also the Christ [is] head of the assembly. He [is] Saviour of the body. 24  But even as the assembly is subjected to the Christ, so also wives to their own husbands in everything. 25  Husbands, love your own wives, even as the Christ also loved the assembly, and has delivered himself up for it, 26  in order that he might sanctify it, purifying [it] by the washing of water by [the] word, 27  that he might present the assembly to himself glorious, having no spot, or wrinkle, or any of such things; but that it might be holy and blameless. 28  So ought men also to love their own wives as their own bodies: he that loves his own wife loves himself. 29  For no one has ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, even as also the Christ the assembly: 30  for we are members of his body; [we are of his flesh, and of his bones.] 31  Because of this a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be united to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh. 32  This mystery is great, but I speak as to Christ, and as to the assembly. 33  But ye also, every one of you, let each so love his own wife as himself; but as to the wife [I speak] that she may fear the husband.

6 1  Children, obey your parents in [the] Lord, for this is just. 2  Honour thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, 3  that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest be long-lived on the earth. 4  And [ye] fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in [the] discipline and admonition of [the] Lord. 5  Bondmen, obey masters according to flesh, with fear and trembling, in simplicity of your heart as to the Christ; 6  not with eye-service as men-pleasers; but as bondmen of Christ, doing the will of God from [the] soul, 7  serving with good will as to the Lord, and not to men; 8  knowing that whatever good each shall do, this he shall receive of [the] Lord, whether bond or free. 9  And, masters, do the same things towards them, giving up threatening, knowing that both their and your Master is in heaven, and there is no acceptance of persons with him.

The Whole Armor of God

10  For the rest, brethren, be strong in [the] Lord, and in the might of his strength. 11  Put on the panoply of God, that ye may be able to stand against the artifices of the devil: 12  because our struggle is not against blood and flesh, but against principalities, against authorities, against the universal lords of this darkness, against spiritual [power] of wickedness in the heavenlies. 13  For this reason take [to you] the panoply of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having accomplished all things, to stand. 14  Stand therefore, having girt about your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15  and shod your feet with [the] preparation of the glad tidings of peace: 16  besides all [these], having taken the shield of faith with which ye will be able to quench all the inflamed darts of the wicked one. 17  Have also the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God's word; 18  praying at all seasons, with all prayer and supplication in [the] Spirit, and watching unto this very thing with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints;

19  and for me in order that utterance may be given to me in [the] opening of my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the glad tidings, 20  for which I am an ambassador [bound] with a chain, that I may be bold in it as I ought to speak.

Final Greetings

21  But in order that ye also may know what concerns me, how I am getting on, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in [the] Lord, shall make all things known to you; 22  whom I have sent to you for this very thing, that ye may know of our affairs and that he may encourage your hearts. 23  Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God [the] Father and [the] Lord Jesus Christ. 24  Grace with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in incorruption.

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