23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
23 The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing.
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.
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.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Ephesians 5:23
Commentary on Ephesians 5:22-33
(Read Ephesians 5:22-33)
The duty of wives is, submission to their husbands in the Lord, which includes honouring and obeying them, from a principle of love to them. The duty of husbands is to love their wives. The love of Christ to the church is an example, which is sincere, pure, and constant, notwithstanding her failures. Christ gave himself for the church, that he might sanctify it in this world, and glorify it in the next, that he might bestow on all his members a principle of holiness, and deliver them from the guilt, the pollution, and the dominion of sin, by those influences of the Holy Spirit, of which baptismal water was the outward sign. The church and believers will not be without spot or wrinkle till they come to glory. But those only who are sanctified now, shall be glorified hereafter. The words of Adam, mentioned by the apostle, are spoken literally of marriage; but they have also a hidden sense in them, relating to the union between Christ and his church. It was a kind of type, as having resemblance. There will be failures and defects on both sides, in the present state of human nature, yet this does not alter the relation. All the duties of marriage are included in unity and love. And while we adore and rejoice in the condescending love of Christ, let husbands and wives learn hence their duties to each other. Thus the worst evils would be prevented, and many painful effects would be avoided.