11 And He (A)gave (B)some as apostles, some as prophets, some as (C)evangelists, some as [a]pastors and (D)teachers, 12 (E)for the equipping of the [b]saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of (F)the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to (G)the unity of the faith, and of the [c](H)knowledge of the Son of God, to a (I)mature man, to the measure of the stature [d]which belongs to the (J)fullness of Christ. 14 [e]As a result, we are (K)no longer to be children, (L)tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of people, by (M)craftiness [f]in (N)deceitful scheming; 15 but [g]speaking the truth (O)in love, [h]we are to (P)grow up in all aspects into Him who is the (Q)head, that is, Christ, 16 from whom (R)the whole body, being fitted and held together [i]by what every joint supplies, according to the [j]proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself (S)in love.

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Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 4:11 From Gr for shepherds
  2. Ephesians 4:12 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  3. Ephesians 4:13 Or true knowledge
  4. Ephesians 4:13 Lit of the fullness
  5. Ephesians 4:14 Lit So that we will no longer be
  6. Ephesians 4:14 Lit with regard to the scheming of deceit
  7. Ephesians 4:15 Or holding to; or being truthful in
  8. Ephesians 4:15 Or let’s grow up
  9. Ephesians 4:16 Lit through every joint of the supply
  10. Ephesians 4:16 Lit working in measure

Christian Conduct

12 But we ask you, brothers and sisters, to (A)recognize those (B)who diligently labor among you and [a](C)are in leadership over you in the Lord, and give you [b]instruction, 13 and that you regard them very highly in love because of their work. (D)Live in peace with one another.

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  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 Or care for you
  2. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 Or admonition

17 (A)Obey your leaders and submit to them—for (B)they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account—so that they may do this with joy, not [a]groaning; for this would be unhelpful for you.

18 (C)Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a (D)good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things.

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 13:17 Or sighing