Ephesians Chapter 5, Verse 23

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23: οτι ο ανηρ εστιν κεφαλη της γυναικος ως και ο χριστος κεφαλη της εκκλησιας και αυτος εστιν σωτηρ του σωματος— edit Textus Receptus
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.— edit KJV text
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.— edit Douay text


For the husband is the head of the wife. See "1Cor 11:3".

As Christ is the head of the church. As Christ rules over the church, and has a right to direct and control it.

And he is the saviour of the body. That is, of the church, represented as his body. See "Eph 1:23".

The idea here seems to be, that as Christ gave himself to save his body, the church; as he practised self-denial, and made it an object of intense solicitude to preserve that church, so ought the husband to manifest a similar solicitude to make his wife happy, and to save her from want, affliction, and pain. He ought to regard himself as her natural protector; as bound to anticipate and provide for her wants; as under obligation to comfort her in trial, even as Christ does the church. What a beautiful illustration of the spirit which a husband should manifest is the care which Christ has shown for his "bride," the church, See "Eph 5:25"; also Eph 5:26ff.

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