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Ephesians 5:22-6:4 American Standard Version (ASV)

22 Wives, be in subjection unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, being himself the saviour of the body. 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, [a]so let the wives also be to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it; 26 that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the [b]washing of water with the word, 27 that he might present the church to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 Even so ought husbands also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his own wife loveth himself: 29 for no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as Christ also the church; 30 because we are members of his body. 31 [c]For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. 32 This mystery is great: but I speak in regard of Christ and of the church. 33 Nevertheless do ye also severally love each one his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see that she fear her husband.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. [d]Honor thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise), that it may be well with thee, and thou [e]mayest live long on the [f]earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord.


  1. Ephesians 5:24 Or, so are the wives also
  2. Ephesians 5:26 Greek laver.
  3. Ephesians 5:31 Gen. 2:24.
  4. Ephesians 6:2 Ex. 20:12; Dt. 5:16.
  5. Ephesians 6:3 Or, shalt
  6. Ephesians 6:3 Or, land

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