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Ephesians 5

Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as most dear children:

After general exhortations, to love,

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness.

to flee fornication,

Ephesians 5:3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints:

and all uncleanness,

Ephesians 5:4 Or obscenity or foolish talking or scurrility, which is to no purpose: but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:5 For know you this and understand: That no fornicator or unclean or covetous person (which is a serving of idols) hath inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of these things cometh the anger of God upon the children of unbelief.

not to converse with the wicked,

Ephesians 5:7 Be ye not therefore partakers with them. Ephesians 5:8 For you were heretofore darkness, but now light in the Lord. Walk then as children of the light. Ephesians 5:9 For the fruit of the light is in all goodness and justice and truth: Ephesians 5:10 Proving what is well pleasing to God. Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness: but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:12 For the things that are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of. Ephesians 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for all that is made manifest is light. Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith: Rise, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead: and Christ shall enlighten thee.

to walk warily,

Ephesians 5:15 See therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly: not as unwise, Ephesians 5:16 But as wise: redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:17 Wherefore, become not unwise: but understanding what is the will of God.

and to be filled with the Spirit,

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury: but be ye filled with the Holy Spirit, Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual canticles, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord: Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God and the Father: Ephesians 5:21 Being subject one to another, in the fear of Christ.

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

Ephesians 5:22 Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord: Ephesians 5:23 Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the saviour of his body. Ephesians 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject to Christ: so also let the wives be to their husbands in all things.

and husbands ought to love their wives,

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church and delivered himself up for it: Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life: Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself, a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:28 So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. Ephesians 5:29 For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church: Ephesians 5:30 Because we are members of him, body, of his flesh and of his bones. Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother: and shall cleave to his wife. And they shall be two in one flesh.

even as Christ doth his Church.

Ephesians 5:32 This is a great sacrament: but I speak in Christ and in the church. Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular love for his wife as himself: And let the wife fear her husband.

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