Ephesians 1 New American Standard Bible


1 1  Paul , an apostle of Christ Jesus [1] by the will of God , To the [2] saints who are [3]at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus : 2  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ .

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ , who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ , 4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world , that we would be holy and blameless before [4]Him. In love 5  [5]He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself , according to the [6]kind intention of His will, 6  to the praise of the glory of His grace , which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved . 7  In [7]Him we have redemption through His blood , the forgiveness of our trespasses , according to the riches of His grace 8  which He [8]lavished on [9]us. In all wisdom and insight 9  He [10] made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His [11]kind intention which He purposed in Him 10  with a view to an administration [12]suitable to the fullness of the times , that is, the summing up of all things in Christ , things [13]in the heavens and things on the earth . In Him 11  [14]also we [15] have obtained an inheritance , having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12  to the end that we who were the first to hope in [16]Christ would be to the praise of His glory . 13  In [17]Him, you also , after listening to the message of truth , the gospel of your salvation -having also [18]believed , you were sealed in [17]Him with the Holy Spirit of promise , 14  who is [20] given as a pledge of our inheritance , with a view to the redemption of God's own possession , to the praise of His glory .

Prayer for Knowledge and Understanding

15  For this reason I too , having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and [21]your love for all the [22]saints , 16  do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers ; 17  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ , the Father of glory , may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the [23]knowledge of Him. 18  I pray that the eyes of your heart [24]may be enlightened , so that you will know what is the hope of His calling , what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the [25]saints , 19  and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe . These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20  which He brought about in Christ , when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion , and every name that is named , not only in this age but also in the one to come . 22  And He put all things in subjection under His feet , and gave Him as head over all things to the church , 23  which is His body , the fullness of Him who fills all in all .


[1] 1:1 Lit "through"

[2] 1:1 Or "holy ones"

[3] 1:1 Three early mss do not contain "at Ephesus"

[4] 1:4 Or "Him, in love"

[5] 1:5 Lit "having predestined"

[6] 1:5 Lit "good pleasure"

[7] 1:7 Lit "whom"

[8] 1:8 Lit "made abundant toward"

[9] 1:8 Or "us, in all wisdom and insight"

[10] 1:9 Lit "making known"

[11] 1:9 Lit "good pleasure"

[12] 1:10 Lit "of"

[13] 1:10 Lit "upon"

[14] 1:11 Lit "in whom also"

[15] 1:11 Or "were made a heritage"

[16] 1:12 I.e. the Messiah

[17] 1:13 Lit "whom"

[18] 1:13 Or "believed in Him, you were sealed"

[19] 1:13 Lit "whom"

[20] 1:14 Or "a down payment"

[21] 1:15 Three early mss do not contain "your love"

[22] 1:15 V 1, note 2

[23] 1:17 Or "true knowledge"

[24] 1:18 Lit "being"

[25] 1:18 Or "holy ones"

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