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Ephesians 5 Wycliffe Bible (WYC)

Therefore be ye followers of God, as most dear-worthy sons;

and walk ye in love, as [and] Christ loved us, and gave himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God, into the odour of sweetness.

And fornication, and all uncleanness, or avarice, be not named among you, as it becometh holy men;

either filth, or folly speech, or buffoonery [or harlotry], that pertaineth not to profit, but more rather doing of thankings [but more doing of thankings].

For know ye this, and understand, that each lecher, or unclean man, or covetous [man], that serveth to maumets[a], hath not heritage in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

No man deceive you by vain words; for why for these things the wrath of God came upon the sons of unbelief.

Therefore do not ye be made partners of them.

For ye were sometime darknesses, but now ye be light in the Lord. Walk ye as the sons of light [Walk as the sons of light].

For the fruit of light is in all goodness, and rightwiseness, and truth.

10 And prove ye what thing is well pleasing to God. [Proving what is well pleasing to God.]

11 And do not ye commune to unfruitous works of darknesses; but more rather reprove ye [them].

12 For what things be done of them in privy, it is foul, yea, to speak.

13 And all things that be reproved of the light, be openly showed; for all thing that is showed, is light. [Forsooth all things that be reproved of the light, be made open; forsooth all thing that is made open, is light.]

14 For which thing he saith, Rise thou that sleepest, and rise up from death, and Christ shall lighten thee.[b]

15 Therefore, brethren, see ye, how warily ye shall go; not as unwise men, but as wise men,

16 again-buying the time, for the days be evil.

17 Therefore do not ye be made unwise, but understanding which is the will of God [which is the will of the Lord].

18 And do not ye be drunk of wine, in which is lechery [in which is luxury], but be ye filled with the Holy Ghost;

19 and speak ye to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and saying psalm in your hearts to the Lord; [speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and saying psalm in your heart to the Lord;]

20 evermore doing thankings for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God and to the Father [to God and the Father.]

21 Be ye subject together in the dread of Christ.

22 Women, be they subject to their husbands, as to the Lord,

23 for the man is head of the woman, as Christ is head of the church; he is Saviour of his body.

24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so [and] women to their husbands in all things.

25 Men, love ye your wives, as [and] Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it,

26 to make it holy; and cleansed it with the washing of water [that he should make it holy; cleansing it with the washing of water], in the word of life,

27 to give the church glorious to himself, that it had no wem, nor rivelling, or any such thing[c], but that it be holy and undefouled.

28 So and men shall love their wives, as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself;

29 for no man hated ever his own flesh, but nourisheth and fostereth it, as [and] Christ doeth the church.

30 And we be members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. [For we be members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.]

31 For this thing a man shall forsake his father and mother, and he shall draw to his wife; and they shall be twain in one flesh [and he shall cleave to his wife; and they shall be two in one flesh].

32 This sacrament is great; yea, I say in Christ, and in the church.

33 Nevertheless ye all, each man love his wife as himself; and the wife dread her husband.

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 5:5 Forsooth this thing know ye, understanding that each fornicator, or unclean man, or avarice man, that is serving of idols, or maumets
  2. Ephesians 5:14 For which thing he saith, Rise thou that sleepest, and rise up from dead, and Christ shall illumine, or lighten, thee.
  3. Ephesians 5:27 that he should give the church glorious to himself, not having wem, or spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing

Ephesians 5 New Matthew Bible (NMB)

He exhorts them to love. He warns them to beware of uncleanness, covetousness, foolish talking, and false counsel; to be circumspect, to avoid drunkenness, to rejoice and to be thankful to God, and to submit themselves one to another. He teaches how women should obey their husbands, and how lovingly men ought to treat their wives.

Be followers of God as dear children, and walk in love, even as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice of a sweet savour to God.

As for fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let them not be once named among you, as it becomes saints. Nor should there be coarseness, or foolish talking, or jestings which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no whoremonger or unclean person, or covetous person (who is an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Let no person deceive you with vain words. For through such things comes the wrath of God upon the children of unbelief. Therefore do not be companions with them. You were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.  10 Accept that which is pleasing to the Lord, 11 and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather rebuke them. 12 For it is shameful even to name those things that are done by them in secret. 13 But all things, when they are rebuked by the light, are manifest. For whatsoever is manifest, that same is light. 14 Therefore he says, Awake, you who sleep, and stand up from death, and Christ will give you light.

15 Take heed therefore that you walk circumspectly – not as fools, but as wise, 16 redeeming the time. For the days are evil. 17 Therefore be not unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be fulfilled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 and submitting yourselves to one another in the fear of God.

22 Women, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the congregation, and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the congregation is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be subject to their husbands in all things.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the congregation and gave himself for it 26 to sanctify it, and cleansed it in the fountain of water through the word, 27 to make it for himself a glorious congregation, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but to be holy and without blame. 28 This is how men ought men to love their wives: as their own bodies.

He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but cares for and cherishes it, even as the Lord does the congregation. 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh and of his bones. 31 On this account must a man leave father and mother and continue with his wife, and the two will be made one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak as between Christ and the congregation. 33 Nevertheless, see to it that every one of you loves his wife truly, even as himself. And let the wife see that she fears her husband.

New Matthew Bible (NMB)

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Ephesians 5 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

3 Lest, in those vices which he reprehended, they should set light by his admonitions, 5 he terrifieth them by denouncing severe judgment, 8 and stirreth them forward: 15 Then he defendeth from general lessons of manners, 22 to the particular duties of wives, 25 and husbands.

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children,

And walk in love, even as Christ hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, to be an offering and a sacrifice of a sweet smelling savor to God.

[a]But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as it becometh Saints,

Neither filthiness, neither foolish talking, neither [b]jesting, which are things not comely, but rather giving of thanks.

[c]For this ye know, that no whoremonger, neither unclean person, nor covetous person, which is an [d]idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ, and of God.

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for, for such things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

[e]Be not therefore companions with them.

For ye were once darkness, but are now [f]light in the Lord: walk as children of light.

(For the fruit of the [g]Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth.)

10 Approving that which is pleasing to the Lord.

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but even [h]reprove them rather.

12 For it is shame even to speak of the things which are done of them in secret.

13 But all things when they are reproved of the light, are manifest: for it is light that maketh all things manifest.

14 Wherefore [i]he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and stand up from the [j]dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

15 [k]Take heed therefore that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

16 [l]Redeeming the season: for the [m]days are evil.

17 Wherefore, be ye not unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

18 [n]And be not drunk with wine, wherein is [o]excess: but be fulfilled with the Spirit,

19 Speaking unto yourselves in Psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord in your [p]hearts,

20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God even the Father, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

21 [q]Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

22 [r]Wives, submit yourselves unto your husbands, [s]as unto the Lord.

23 [t]For the husband is the wife’s head, even as Christ is the head of the Church, [u]and the same is the Savior of his body.

24 [v]Therefore as the Church is in subjection to Christ, even so let the wives be to their husbands in everything.

25 [w]Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church, and gave himself for it,

26 [x]That he might [y]sanctify it, and cleanse it by the washing of water through the [z]word,

27 That he might make it unto himself a glorious Church, [aa]not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing: but that it should be holy and without blame.

28 [ab]So ought men to love their wives, as their own bodies: he that loveth his wife, loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his [ac]own flesh, but nourished and cherisheth it, even as the Lord doth the Church.

30 For we are members of his body, [ad]of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall [ae]cleave to his wife, and they twain shall be one flesh.

32 [af]This is a great secret, but I speak concerning Christ, and concerning the Church.

33 [ag]Therefore everyone of you, do ye so: let everyone love his wife, even as himself, and let the wife see that she fear her husband.

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 5:3 Now he cometh to another kind of affections, which is in that part of the mind, which men call covetous or desirous: and he reprehended fornication, covetousness, and jesting, very sharply.
  2. Ephesians 5:4 Jests which men cast one at another: that no lightness be seen, nor evil example given, nor any offense moved by evil words or backbiting.
  3. Ephesians 5:5 Because these sins are such that the most part of men count them not for sins, he awaketh the godly, to the end they should so much the more take heed to themselves from them, as most hurtful plagues.
  4. Ephesians 5:5 A bondslave to idolatry, for the covetous man thinketh that his life standeth in his goods.
  5. Ephesians 5:7 Because we are not so ready to anything as to follow evil examples, therefore the Apostle warneth the godly to remember always that the others are but as it were darkness, and that they themselves are as it were light. And therefore the others commit all villany (as men are wont in the dark) but they ought not only not to follow their examples, but also (as the property of the light is) reprove their darkness, and to walk so (having Christ that true light going before them) as it becometh wise men.
  6. Ephesians 5:8 The faithful are called light, both because they have the true light in them which lighteneth them, and also because they give light to others, insomuch, that their honest conversation reproveth the life of wicked men.
  7. Ephesians 5:9 By whose force we are made light in the Lord.
  8. Ephesians 5:11 Make them open to all the world, by your good life.
  9. Ephesians 5:14 The Scripture, or God in the Scripture.
  10. Ephesians 5:14 He speaketh of the death of sin.
  11. Ephesians 5:15 The worse and more corrupt that the manners of this world are, the more watchful ought we to be against all occasions, and respect nothing but the will of God.
  12. Ephesians 5:16 This is a metaphor taken from the merchants: who prefer the least profit that may be, before all their pleasures.
  13. Ephesians 5:16 The times are troublesome and sharp.
  14. Ephesians 5:18 He setteth the sober and holy assemblies of the faithful, against the dissolute bankers of the unfaithful, in which the praises of the only Lord must ring, be it in prosperity or adversity.
  15. Ephesians 5:18 All kind of riot, joined with all manner of filthiness and shamefulness.
  16. Ephesians 5:19 With an earnest affection of the heart, and not with the tongue only.
  17. Ephesians 5:21 A short repetition of the end whereunto all things ought to be referred, to serve one another for God’s sake.
  18. Ephesians 5:22 Now he descendeth to a family, dividing orderly all the parts of a family. And he saith that the duty of wives consisteth herein, to be obedient to their husbands.
  19. Ephesians 5:22 The first argument, for they cannot be disobedient to their husbands, but they must resist God also, who is the author of this subjection.
  20. Ephesians 5:23 A declaration of the former saying: Because God hath made the man head of the woman in matrimony, as Christ is the head of the Church.
  21. Ephesians 5:23 Another argument: Because the good estate of the wife dependeth of the man, so that this submission is not only just, but also very profitable: as also the salvation of the Church is of Christ, although far otherwise.
  22. Ephesians 5:24 The conclusion of the wives’ duty towards their husbands.
  23. Ephesians 5:25 The husbands’ duty towards their wives, is to love them as themselves, of which love, the love of Christ toward his Church is a lively pattern.
  24. Ephesians 5:26 Because many men pretend the infirmities of their wives to excuse their own hardness and cruelty, the Apostle willeth us to mark what manner of Church Christ gat, when he joined it to himself, and how he doth not only not loathe all her filth and uncleanness, but ceaseth not to wipe the same away with his cleanness, until he have wholly purged it.
  25. Ephesians 5:26 Make it holy.
  26. Ephesians 5:26 Through the promise of free justification and sanctification in Christ, received by faith.
  27. Ephesians 5:27 The Church, as it is considered in itself, shall not be without wrinkle, before it come to the mark it shooteth at: for while it is in this life, it runneth in a race: but if it be considered in Christ, it is clean and without wrinkle.
  28. Ephesians 5:28 Another argument: Every man loveth himself, even of nature: therefore he striveth against nature that loveth not his wife: he proveth the consequent, first by the mystical knitting of Christ and the Church together, and then by the ordinance of God, who saith, that man and wife are as one, that is, not to be divided.
  29. Ephesians 5:29 His own body.
  30. Ephesians 5:30 He alludeth to the making of the woman, which signifieth our coupling together with Christ, which is wrought by faith, but is sealed by the Sacrament of the Supper.
  31. Ephesians 5:31 See Matt. 19:5
  32. Ephesians 5:32 That no man might dream of natural conjunction or knitting of Christ and his Church together (such as the husbands and the wives is) he showeth that it is secret, to wit, spiritual and such as far differeth from the common capacity of man: as which consisteth by the virtue of the Spirit, and not of the flesh by faith, and by no natural band.
  33. Ephesians 5:33 The conclusion both of the husband’s duty toward his wife, and of the wife’s toward her husband.
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Ephesians 5 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

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