Ephesians 5:1 Become, then, followers of God, as children beloved,
After general exhortations, to love,
Ephesians 5:2 and walk in love, as also the Christ did love us, and did give himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odour of a sweet smell,
to flee fornication,
Ephesians 5:3 and whoredom, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becometh saints;
and all uncleanness,
Ephesians 5:4 also filthiness, and foolish talking, or jesting,the things not fitbut rather thanksgiving; Ephesians 5:5 for this ye know, that every whoremonger, or unclean, or covetous person, who is an idolater, hath no inheritance in the reign of the Christ and God. Ephesians 5:6 Let no one deceive you with vain words, for because of these things cometh the anger of God upon the sons of the disobedience,
not to converse with the wicked,
Ephesians 5:7 become not, then, partakers with them, Ephesians 5:8 for ye were once darkness, and now light in the Lord; as children of light walk ye, Ephesians 5:9 for the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth, Ephesians 5:10 proving what is well-pleasing to the Lord, Ephesians 5:11 and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of the darkness and rather even convict, Ephesians 5:12 for the things in secret done by them it is a shame even to speak of, Ephesians 5:13 and all the things reproved by the light are manifested, for everything that is manifested is light; Ephesians 5:14 wherefore he saith, 'Arouse thyself, thou who art sleeping, and arise out of the dead, and the Christ shall shine upon thee.'
to walk warily,
Ephesians 5:15 See, then, how exactly ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise, Ephesians 5:16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil; Ephesians 5:17 because of this become not fools, butunderstanding what [is] the will of the Lord,
and to be filled with the Spirit,
Ephesians 5:18 and be not drunk with wine, in which is dissoluteness, but be filled in the Spirit, Ephesians 5:19 speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks always for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to the God and Father; Ephesians 5:21 subjecting yourselves to one another in the fear of God.
he descendeth to the particular duties, how wives ought to obey their husbands,
Ephesians 5:22 The wives! to your own husbands subject yourselves, as to the Lord, Ephesians 5:23 because the husband is head of the wife, as also the Christ [is] head of the assembly, and he is saviour of the body, Ephesians 5:24 but even as the assembly is subject to Christ, so also [are] the wives to their own husbands in everything.
and husbands ought to love their wives,
Ephesians 5:25 The husbands! love your own wives, as also the Christ did love the assembly, and did give himself for it, Ephesians 5:26 that he might sanctify it, having cleansed [it] with the bathing of the water in the saying, Ephesians 5:27 that he might present it to himself the assembly in glory, not having spot or wrinkle, or any of such things, but that it may be holy and unblemished; Ephesians 5:28 so ought the husbands to love their own wives as their own bodies: he who is loving his own wifehimself he doth love; Ephesians 5:29 for no one ever his own flesh did hate, but doth nourish and cherish it, as also the Lordthe assembly, Ephesians 5:30 because members we are of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones; Ephesians 5:31 'for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they shall bethe twofor one flesh;'
even as Christ doth his Church.
Ephesians 5:32 this secret is great, and I speak in regard to Christ and to the assembly; Ephesians 5:33 but ye also, every one in particularlet each his own wife so love as himself, and the wifethat she may reverence the husband.