Ephesians 5 ©

1 Paul exhorteth to the imitation of God, and of the love of Christ: 3 to avoid fornication and all uncleanness, 5 which exclude from the kingdom of God, and draw down God's wrath on unbelievers: 7 with whose works of darkness Christians, that have better light to inform and influence them, should have no fellowship: 15 to walk with prudence and circumspection; 18 not to drink wine to excess, but to be filled with the Spirit, singing psalms, and giving thanks to God; 21 and being in due subordination to one another. 22 The duty of wives toward their husbands, 25 and of husbands toward their wives, enforced by the example of Christ and his church.


aBE ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;


And bwalk in love, as Christ also chath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.


But dfornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;


eNeither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not *convenient: but rather giving of thanks.


For this ye know, fthat no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, ghath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.


hLet no man deceive you with vain words: for ibecause of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of 1disobedience.


jBe not ye therefore partakers with them.


kFor ye were *sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: lwalk as children of light:


(For mthe fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)


nProving what is acceptable unto the Lord.


And ohave no fellowship with the punfruitful works of darkness, but qrather reprove them.


For rit is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.


But all things that are 2reproved sare made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.


Wherefore 3he saith, tAwake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.


See then that ye uwalk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,


vRedeeming the time, wbecause the days are evil.


Wherefore xbe ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.


And ybe not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be zfilled with the Spirit;


aSpeaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;


bGiving thanks always for all things unto cGod and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;


dSubmitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.


eWives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, fas unto the Lord.


For gthe husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is hthe head of the church: and he is ithe saviour of the jbody.


Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, kso let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.


lHusbands, love your wives, even as mChrist also loved the church, and gave himself for it;


That nhe might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water oby the word,


That he might present it to himself a glorious church, pnot having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.


So ought men to love their wives as qtheir own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.


For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:


For we are rmembers of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.


sFor this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.


This is a great mystery: but I speak tconcerning Christ and the church.


Nevertheless let every one of you in particular uso love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she vreverence her husband.