10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God(A) should be made known(B) to the rulers and authorities(C) in the heavenly realms,(D) 11 according to his eternal purpose(E) that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God(F) with freedom and confidence.(G) 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

A Prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel(H) before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches(I) he may strengthen you with power(J) through his Spirit in your inner being,(K) 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts(L) through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted(M) and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people,(N) to grasp how wide and long and high and deep(O) is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge(P)—that you may be filled(Q) to the measure of all the fullness of God.(R)

20 Now to him who is able(S) to do immeasurably more than all we ask(T) or imagine, according to his power(U) that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.(V)

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Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 3:15 The Greek for family (patria) is derived from the Greek for father (pater).

23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church,(A) his body, of which he is the Savior.

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27 and to present her to himself(A) as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.(B)

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