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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians

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Ephesians 4

        1Therefore, I, the prisoner in [the] Lord, call on [or, plead with] you* to walk about [fig., conduct yourselves] in a manner worthy of the calling with which you* were called, 2with all humility and gentleness [or, considerateness], with patience, yourselves putting up with one another in love, 3being eager [or, diligent] to be keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace: 4one body and one Spirit, just as also you* were called in one hope [or, confident expectation] of your* calling; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism [or, immersion], [cp. 1Cor 12:13] 6one God and Father of all, who [is] over all and through all and in us all.

            7But to each one of us was given grace according to the measure of the free gift of Christ. 8For this reason, He [or, it] says, “When He ascended on high, He led captive a group of captives and gave gifts to people.” [Psalm 68:18] 9Now this, “He ascended,” what is it [fig., what does it mean] except that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10The One having descended, He is also the One having ascended far above all the heavens, so that He should fill all [things].

            11And He gave some [to be] apostles, and some [to be] prophets, and some [to be] evangelists, and some [to be] shepherds [or, pastors] and teachers, [i.e., “shepherds and pastors” is one office, so four offices are mentioned; cp. 1Cor 12:28] 12for the purpose of the equipping of the holy ones for [the] work of service, for [the] building up [fig., edifying] of the body of Christ, 13until we all arrive [fig., attain] to the unity of the faith and of the full [or, true] knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect [or, mature] man, to [the] measure [fig., extent] of [the] maturity of the fullness of Christ, 14so that we shall no longer be young children, being tossed about by waves and being carried about from place to place by every wind of teaching [or, doctrine], by the cunning of people, in craftiness, for the purpose of the trickery of deception. 15But speaking the truth in love, we shall increase to Him [in] all [things], who is the head, Christ, 16from whom the entire body being joined together and united by means of the supply of every joint [or, by what every joint supplies], according to the working of the measure of each individual part, causing the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

            17So this I say, and I insist in the Lord: you* are no longer to be walking about [fig., conducting yourselves] just as also the rest of [the] Gentiles are walking about [fig. conducting themselves] in the futility of their mind, 18having been darkened in the understanding, being [in the state of] having been separated from [or, a foreigner to] the life of God, because of the ignorance, the one being in them, because of the hardness of their heart [fig., stubbornness of their inner self], 19who, having become callous, they gave themselves over to flagrant sexual immorality for the pursuit of all impurity, with covetous desire [or, greed]. 20But you* did not so learn Christ.

        21Since indeed you* heard Him and in Him were taught, just as truth is in Jesus, 22you* [are] to put off [or, be done with], with respect to your former manner of life, the old [or, former] person, the one being corrupt according to the desires [or, lusts] of deception, 23but [you* are] to be continually renewed in the spirit of your* mind 24and to put on the new person, the one having been created according to God in righteousness and holiness of [or, dedication to] the truth. [cp. Rom 12:2]

            25For this reason, you* yourselves having put off falsehood, “Be speaking truth each one with his neighbor” [Zech 8:16]--because we are members one of another. 26“Continue being enraged, and stop sinning.” [Psalm 4:4] Stop letting the sun go down on your* angry mood, [i.e., don’t suppress or ignore anger but deal with it in an appropriate manner] 27and stop giving place [fig., an opportunity] to the Devil. 28The one stealing let him no longer be stealing, but rather let him be laboring, working the good [thing] with his hands, so that he shall be having [something] to be sharing with the one having need.

        29Stop letting any rotten [fig., harmful] word come out of your* mouth, but if anything [fig., what] [is] useful for building up [fig., edifying] of the need [fig., as needed], so that it shall give grace to the ones hearing. 30And stop grieving the Holy Spirit of God, in which [or, by whom] you* were sealed [or, secured] for [the] day of redemption. 31Let all bitterness and rage and anger and clamor [or, angry shouts of dissatisfaction] and slander be removed from you*, [along] with all malice. 32But continue becoming kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as also God in Christ forgave us.

Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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