Bishops' Bible

Ephesians 5

Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore folowers of God, as deare chyldren:

After general exhortations, to love,

Ephesians 5:2 And walke ye in loue, euen as Christe hath loued vs, and hath geuen hym selfe for vs an offering and a sacrifice of a sweete smellyng sauour to God.

to flee fornication,

Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all vncleannesse, or couetousnesse, let it not be once named among you, as it becommeth saintes:

and all uncleanness,

Ephesians 5:4 Neither fylthynesse, neither foolyshe talkyng, neither iestyng, which are not comely: but rather, geuyng of thankes. Ephesians 5:5 For this ye knowe, that no whoremonger, neither vncleane person, nor couetous person, which is a worshipper of images, hath any inheritaunce in the kyngdome of Christe, and of God. Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceaue you with vayne wordes: For, because of such thynges commeth the wrath of God vppon the chyldren of disobedience.

not to converse with the wicked,

Ephesians 5:7 Be not ye therefore companions of them. Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darknesse: but nowe are ye lyght in the Lorde. Walke as chyldren of lyght. Ephesians 5:9 For the fruite of the spirite (is) in all goodnesse, and righteousnesse, & trueth, Ephesians 5:10 Approuyng what is acceptable vnto the Lorde. Ephesians 5:11 And haue no felowship with the vnfruitefull workes of darknesse, but rather euen rebuke them. Ephesians 5:12 For it is shame euen to name those thynges whiche are done of them in secrete. Ephesians 5:13 But all thynges, when they are rebuked of the lyght, are manifest: For all that which do make manifest, is lyght. Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he sayth: Awake thou that sleepest, and stande vp from the dead, and Christe shall geue thee lyght.

to walk warily,

Ephesians 5:15 Take heede therfore howe ye walke circumspectlye: not as vnwyse, but as wyse, Ephesians 5:16 Redeemyng the time, because ye dayes are euyll. Ephesians 5:17 Wherfore be ye not vnwise, but vnderstandyng what the wyll of the Lord is.

and to be filled with the Spirit,

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunke with wine, wherin is excesse: but be fylled with the spirite, Ephesians 5:19 Speaking vnto your selues in psalmes and hymnes, and spirituall songues, syngyng and makyng melodie to the Lorde in your heartes: Ephesians 5:20 Geuing thankes alwayes for all thinges vnto God and the father, in ye name of our Lorde Iesus Christe, Ephesians 5:21 Submittyng your selues one to another in the feare of God.

he descendeth to the particular duties, how wives ought to obey their husbands,

Ephesians 5:22 Wyues, submit your selues vnto your owne husbandes, as vnto the Lorde: Ephesians 5:23 For the husbande is the head of the wyfe, euen as Christe is the head of the Church: & he is the sauiour of the bodie. Ephesians 5:24 But as the Church is subiect to Christ, lykewyse the wyues to their owne husbandes in all thynges.

and husbands ought to love their wives,

Ephesians 5:25 Ye husbandes loue your wyues, euen as Christe also loued the Churche, and gaue hym selfe for it, Ephesians 5:26 To sanctifie it, clensyng [it] in the fountayne of water in the worde, Ephesians 5:27 To make it vnto hym selfe a glorious Churche, not hauyng spot or wrinckle, or any such thyng: but that it should be holy, and without blame. Ephesians 5:28 So ought men to loue their wyues, as their owne bodies. He that loueth his wyfe, loueth hym selfe. Ephesians 5:29 For no man euer yet hated his owne flesshe: but norissheth & cherissheth it, euen as the Lorde the Churche. Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesshe, and of his bones. Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leaue father and mother, and shalbe ioyned vnto his wyfe, and two shalbe made one flesshe.

even as Christ doth his Church.

Ephesians 5:32 This is a great secrete: but I speake of Christe and of the Churche. Ephesians 5:33 Therfore euery one of you [do ye so] Let euery one of you loue his wyfe euen as hym selfe, and [let] the wyfe reuerence her husbande.

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