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Ephesians 5:15-6:24Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Consistency in the Christian Life

15 Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise— 16 making the most of the time,[a] because the days are evil. 17 So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless actions, but be filled by the Spirit:

19 speaking to one another
in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,
singing and making music
from your heart to the Lord,
20 giving thanks always for everything
to God the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
21 submitting to one another
in the fear of Christ.

Wives and Husbands

22 Wives, submit[b] to your own husbands as to the Lord, 23 for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives are to submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[c] her with the washing of water by the word. 27 He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless. 28 In the same way, husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hates his own flesh but provides and cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, 30 since we are members of His body.[d]

31 For this reason a man will leave
his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two will become one flesh.[e]

32 This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 To sum up, each one of you is to love his wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her husband.

Children and Parents

Children, obey your parents as you would the Lord,[f] because this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment[g] with a promise, so that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life in the land.[h][i] Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Slaves and Masters

Slaves, obey your human[j] masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ. Don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but as slaves of Christ, do God’s will from your heart.[k] Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord. And masters, treat your slaves the same way, without threatening them, because you know that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with Him.

Christian Warfare

10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics[l] of the Devil. 12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. 13 This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. 14 Stand, therefore,

with truth like a belt around your waist,
righteousness like armor on your chest,
15 and your feet sandaled with readiness
for the gospel of peace.[m]
16 In every situation take the shield of faith,
and with it you will be able to extinguish
all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit,
which is God’s word.

18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. 20 For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.

Paul’s Farewell

21 Tychicus, our dearly loved brother and faithful servant[n] in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me so that you may be informed. 22 I am sending him to you for this very reason, to let you know how we are and to encourage your hearts.

23 Peace to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all who have undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.[o][p]

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 5:16 Lit buying back the time
  2. Ephesians 5:22 Other mss omit submit
  3. Ephesians 5:26 Or having cleansed
  4. Ephesians 5:30 Other mss add and of His flesh and of His bones
  5. Ephesians 5:31 Gn 2:24
  6. Ephesians 6:1 Lit parents in the Lord
  7. Ephesians 6:2 Or is a preeminent commandment
  8. Ephesians 6:3 Or life on the earth
  9. Ephesians 6:3 Ex 20:12
  10. Ephesians 6:5 Lit according to the flesh
  11. Ephesians 6:6 Lit from soul
  12. Ephesians 6:11 Or schemes, or tricks
  13. Ephesians 6:15 Ready to go tell others about the gospel
  14. Ephesians 6:21 Or deacon
  15. Ephesians 6:24 Other mss add Amen.
  16. Ephesians 6:24 Lit all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in incorruption

Colossians 1:1-23Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Greeting

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, and Timothy our[a] brother:

To the saints in Christ at Colossae, who are faithful brothers.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father.[b]

Thanksgiving

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the message of truth, the gospel that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and recognized God’s grace in the truth.[c] You learned this from Epaphras, our dearly loved fellow slave. He is a faithful servant of the Messiah on your[d] behalf, and he has told us about your love in the Spirit.

Prayer for Spiritual Growth

For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,[e] 10 so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you[f] to share in the saints’[g] inheritance in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. 14 We have redemption,[h] the forgiveness of sins, in Him.

The Centrality of Christ

15 He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.[i]
16 For everything was created by Him,
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through Him and for Him.
17 He is before all things,
and by Him all things hold together.
18 He is also the head of the body, the church;
He is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead,
so that He might come to have
first place in everything.
19 For God was pleased to have
all His fullness dwell in Him,
20 and through Him to reconcile
everything to Himself
by making peace
through the blood of His cross[j]
whether things on earth or things in heaven.

21 Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. 22 But now He has reconciled you by His physical body[k] through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him 23 if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it.

Footnotes:

  1. Colossians 1:1 Lit the
  2. Colossians 1:2 Other mss add and the Lord Jesus Christ
  3. Colossians 1:6 Or and truly recognized God’s grace
  4. Colossians 1:7 Other mss read our
  5. Colossians 1:9 Or all spiritual wisdom and understanding
  6. Colossians 1:12 Other mss read us
  7. Colossians 1:12 Or holy ones’
  8. Colossians 1:14 Other mss add through His blood
  9. Colossians 1:15 The One who is preeminent over all creation
  10. Colossians 1:20 Other mss add through Him
  11. Colossians 1:22 His body of flesh on the cross

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