15 (A)They rejected His statutes and (B)His covenant which He made with their fathers, and His warnings which He [a]gave them. And (C)they followed [b]idols and (D)became empty, and followed the nations that surrounded them, about which the (E)Lord had commanded them not to do as they did.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 17:15 Lit warned
  2. 2 Kings 17:15 Lit the non-existent

This is what the Lord says:

(A)What injustice did your fathers find in Me,
That they went far from Me,
And walked after (B)emptiness and became empty?

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The Christian’s Walk

17 (A)So I say this, and affirm in the Lord, (B)that you are to no longer walk just as the [a]Gentiles also walk, in the (C)futility of their minds, 18 being (D)darkened in their understanding, [b](E)excluded from the life of God because of the (F)ignorance that is in them, because of the (G)hardness of their heart; 19 and they, having (H)become callous, (I)have given themselves up to (J)indecent behavior [c]for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20 But you did not (K)learn Christ in this way, 21 if indeed you (L)have heard Him and have (M)been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22 that, in reference to your former way of life, you are to (N)rid yourselves of the (O)old [d]self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the (P)lusts of deceit, 23 and that you are to be (Q)renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to (R)put on the (S)new [e]self, which [f](T)in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

25 Therefore, (U)ridding yourselves of falsehood, (V)speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, because we are (W)parts of one another. 26 (X)Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not (Y)give the devil [g]an opportunity. 28 The one who steals must no longer steal; but rather (Z)he must labor, (AA)producing with his own hands what is good, (AB)so that he will have something to share with the one who has need. 29 Let no [h](AC)unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but if there is any good word for (AD)edification [i]according to the need of the moment, say that, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30 (AE)Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, [j]by whom you were (AF)sealed for the day of redemption. 31 (AG)All bitterness, wrath, anger, [k]clamor, and slander must be (AH)removed from you, along with all (AI)malice. 32 (AJ)Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving each other, (AK)just as God in Christ also has forgiven [l]you.

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Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 4:17 I.e., unbelieving Gentiles
  2. Ephesians 4:18 Or alienated
  3. Ephesians 4:19 Or greedy for the practice of every kind of impurity
  4. Ephesians 4:22 Lit person
  5. Ephesians 4:24 Lit person
  6. Ephesians 4:24 Lit according to God
  7. Ephesians 4:27 Lit a place
  8. Ephesians 4:29 Lit rotten
  9. Ephesians 4:29 Lit of the need
  10. Ephesians 4:30 Lit in
  11. Ephesians 4:31 Or shouting
  12. Ephesians 4:32 Two early mss us