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Ephesians 5

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5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as most dear children;

5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness.

5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints:

5:4 Or obscenity, or foolish talking, or scurrility, which is to no purpose; but rather giving of thanks.

5:5 For know you this and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean, or covetous person (which is a serving of idols), hath inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of these things cometh the anger of God upon the children of unbelief.

5:7 Be ye not therefore partakers with them.

5:8 For you were heretofore darkness, but now light in the Lord. Walk then as children of the light.

5:9 For the fruit of the light is in all goodness, and justice, and truth;

5:10 Proving what is well pleasing to God:

5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

5:12 For the things that are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of.

5:13 But all things that are reproved, are made manifest by the light; for all that is made manifest is light.

5:14 Wherefore he saith: Rise thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead: and Christ shall enlighten thee.

5:15 See therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly: not as unwise,

5:16 But as wise: redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

5:17 Wherefore become not unwise, but understanding what is the will of God.

5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury; but be ye filled with the holy Spirit,

5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord;

5:20 Giving thanks always for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God and the Father:

5:21 Being subject one to another, in the fear of Christ.

5:22 Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord:

5:23 Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the saviour of his body.

5:24 Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be to their husbands in all things.

5:25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it:

5:26 That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life:

5:27 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.

5:28 So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself.

5:29 For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church:

5:30 Because we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh.

5:32 This is a great sacrament; but I speak in Christ and in the church.

5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular love his wife as himself: and let the wife fear her husband.