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Ephesians 5

Ephesians 5:1 Be ye the folowers therfore of God as deare children,

After general exhortations, to love,

Ephesians 5:2 and walke in loue, euen as Christ loued vs, and gaue him selfe for vs an offerynge and sacrifice of a swete sauoure vnto God.

to flee fornication,

Ephesians 5:3 As for whordome and all vnclennes, or couetousnes, let it not be named amoge you, as it becommeth sayntes:

and all uncleanness,

Ephesians 5:4 nether fylthines, ner folish talkynge, ner ieastynge (which are not comly) but rather geuynge of thakes. Ephesians 5:5 For be sure, that no whore monger, or vncleane person, or couetous person (which is a worshipper off ymages) hath inheritaunce in the kyngdome of Christ and of God. Ephesians 5:6 (Let no man disceaue you with vayne wordes) for because of these commeth the wrath of God vpon the children of vnbeleue.

not to converse with the wicked,

Ephesians 5:7 Be not ye therfore companions with them. Ephesians 5:8 For sometyme ye were darknesse, but now are ye lighte in the LORDE. Walke as the children of lighte. Ephesians 5:9 (For the frute of the sprete is all maner of goodnes, and righteousnes and trueth:) Ephesians 5:10 and prone what is pleasinge vnto the LORDE, Ephesians 5:11 and haue no fellishippe with ye vnfrutefull workes of darknes, but rather rebuke the. Ephesians 5:12 For it is shame euen to name those thinges, which are done of them in secrete. Ephesians 5:13 But all thinges are manifest, whan they are rebuked of the lighte. For what so euer is manifest, that same is lighte. Ephesians 5:14 Therfore sayeth he: Awake thou that slepest, and stonde vp fro the deed, and Christ shal geue the lighte.

to walk warily,

Ephesians 5:15 Take hede therfore how ye walke circumspectly, not as the vnwyse, but as ye wyse, Ephesians 5:16 and redeme the tyme, for it is a miserable tyme. Ephesians 5:17 Wherfore be not ye vnwyse, but vnderstonde what the wil of the LORDE is,

and to be filled with the Spirit,

Ephesians 5:18 and be not dronken with wyne, wherin is excesse: but be full of the sprete Ephesians 5:19 and talke amoge youre selues of Psalmes, and ymnes, and spirituall songes, synginge and makynge melody vnto the LORDE in youre hertes Ephesians 5:20 geuynge thankes alwayes for all thinges vnto God the father, in the name of oure LORDE Iesus Christ, Ephesians 5:21 submyttinge youreselues one to another in the feare of God.

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

Ephesians 5:22 Let the wemen submytte them selues vnto their hussbandes, as vnto the LORDE. Ephesians 5:23 For the hussbande is the wyues heade, eue as Christ also is the heade of the congregacion, and he is the Sauioure of his body. Ephesians 5:24 Therfore as the congregacion is in subieccion to Christ, likewyse let the wyues be in subieccion to their hussbandes in all thinges.

and husbands ought to love their wives,

Ephesians 5:25 Ye hussbandes loue youre wyues, euen as Christ loued the congregacion, and gaue himselfe for it, Ephesians 5:26 to sanctifye it, and clensed it in the fountayne of water by the worde, Ephesians 5:27 to make it vnto himselfe a glorious congregacion, hauynge no spot ner wrynkle, ner eny soch thinge, but that it shulde be holy and without blame. Ephesians 5:28 So oughte men also to loue their wyues, euen as their awne bodyes. He that loueth his wife, loueth himselfe. Ephesians 5:29 For no ma euer yet hated his awne flesshe, but norisheth and cherissheth it, euen as the LORDE doth also the congregacion. Ephesians 5:30 For we are membres of his body, of his flesh and of his bones. Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shal a man leaue father and mother, and cleue vnto his wife, and they two shal be one flesh:

even as Christ doth his Church.

Ephesians 5:32 This is a greate secrete: but I speake of Christ and the congregacion. Ephesians 5:33 Neuertheles do ye so, that euery one of you loue his wife euen as himselfe: but let the wife feare hir hussbande.

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