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.

Be Imitators of God

(AL)Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and (AM)walk in love, just as Christ also (AN)loved [m]you and (AO)gave Himself up for us, an (AP)offering and a sacrifice to God [n]as a (AQ)fragrant aroma.

But (AR)sexual immorality [o]or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you, as is proper among [p]saints; and there must be no (AS)filthiness [q]or foolish talk, or vulgar joking, which (AT)are not fitting, but rather (AU)giving of thanks. For this you know with certainty, that (AV)no sexually immoral or [r]impure or greedy person, which [s]amounts to an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom (AW)of Christ and God.

(AX)See that no one deceives you with empty words, for because of these things (AY)the wrath of God comes upon (AZ)the [t]sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become (BA)partners with them; for (BB)you were once (BC)darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as (BD)children of light (for (BE)the fruit of the light consists in all (BF)goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 [u](BG)as you try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 (BH)Do not participate in the useless (BI)deeds of (BJ)darkness, but instead even (BK)expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible (BL)when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14 For this reason [v]it says,

(BM)Awake, sleeper,
And arise from (BN)the dead,
And Christ (BO)will shine on you.”

15 So then, [w]be careful how you (BP)walk, not (BQ)as unwise people but as wise, 16 [x](BR)making the most of your time, because (BS)the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but (BT)understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And (BU)do not get drunk with wine, [y]in which there is (BV)debauchery, but be (BW)filled with the Spirit, 19 (BX)speaking to [z]one another in (BY)psalms and (BZ)hymns and spiritual (CA)songs, (CB)singing and making melody with your hearts to the Lord; 20 (CC)always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our (CD)God and Father; 21 [aa](CE)and subject yourselves to one another in the [ab](CF)fear of Christ.

Marriage like Christ and the Church

22 (CG)Wives, (CH)subject yourselves to your own husbands, (CI)as to the Lord. 23 For (CJ)the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the (CK)head of the church, He Himself (CL)being the Savior of the body. 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

25 (CM)Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and (CN)gave Himself up for her, 26 (CO)so that He might sanctify her, having (CP)cleansed her by the (CQ)washing of water with (CR)the word, 27 that He might (CS)present to Himself the church [ac]in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be (CT)holy and blameless. 28 So husbands also ought to (CU)love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are (CV)parts of His (CW)body. 31 (CX)For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless, as for you individually, each husband is to (CY)love his own wife the same as himself, and the wife must see to it that she (CZ)respects her husband.

Children and Parents

(DA)Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (DB)Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), so that it may turn out well for you, and that you may live long on the earth.

(DC)Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but (DD)bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Slaves and Masters

(DE)Slaves, be obedient to those who are your [ad]masters according to the flesh, with (DF)fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, (DG)as to Christ; (DH)not [ae]by way of [af]eye-service, as (DI)people-pleasers, but as (DJ)slaves of Christ, (DK)doing the will of God from the [ag]heart. With goodwill [ah]render service, (DL)as to the Lord, and not to people, (DM)knowing that (DN)whatever good thing each one does, he will receive this back from the Lord, (DO)whether slave or free.

And masters, do the same things to them, and (DP)give up threatening, knowing that (DQ)both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is (DR)no partiality with Him.

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
  13. Ephesians 5:2 One early ms us
  14. Ephesians 5:2 Lit for an odor of fragrance
  15. Ephesians 5:3 Lit and all
  16. Ephesians 5:3 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  17. Ephesians 5:4 Lit and
  18. Ephesians 5:5 I.e., morally impure
  19. Ephesians 5:5 Lit is
  20. Ephesians 5:6 I.e., people opposed to God
  21. Ephesians 5:10 Lit putting to the test what
  22. Ephesians 5:14 Or He
  23. Ephesians 5:15 Lit look carefully
  24. Ephesians 5:16 Lit redeeming the time
  25. Ephesians 5:18 Or by which
  26. Ephesians 5:19 Or yourselves
  27. Ephesians 5:21 Lit being submissive to
  28. Ephesians 5:21 Or reverence for
  29. Ephesians 5:27 Lit glorious
  30. Ephesians 6:5 I.e., earthly masters, as in first-century Roman culture
  31. Ephesians 6:6 Lit according to
  32. Ephesians 6:6 I.e., only when the master is watching
  33. Ephesians 6:6 Lit soul
  34. Ephesians 6:7 Lit rendering