Ephesians Chapter 5

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Introduction

This chapter is a continuation of the practical exhortations commenced in chapter 4. It comprises the following points, or subjects: --

1. The exhortation to be followers of God, and to walk in love, Eph 5:1, Eph 5:2.

2. The duty of avoiding the impure practices of the surrounding heathen, and of wholly breaking off from the vices in which even they themselves had indulged, before their conversion to Christianity, Eph 5:3ff.

3. The apostle cautions them particularly against the use of wine, and the revelry which attends its use; and exhorts them rather to engage in the exercises to which the Holy Spirit would prompt them, and to the services of praise and thanksgiving, Eph 5:15ff.

4. He exhorts them to mutual subjection; and particularly enjoins on wives the duty of being subject to their husbands, Eph 5:21ff.

5. The chapter closes with a statement of the duty of husbands to love their wives, illustrated by that which Christ showed for the church, Eph 5:25ff.


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

2: 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. edit

3: But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; edit

4: Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. edit

5: 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. edit

6: Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. edit

7: Be not ye therefore partakers with them. edit

8: For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: edit

9: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) edit

10: Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. edit

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

12: For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. edit

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

14: Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. edit

15: See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, edit

16: Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. edit

17: Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. edit

18: And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; edit

19: Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; edit

20: Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; edit

21: Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. edit

22: Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. edit

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

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

25: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; edit

26: That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, edit

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. edit

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

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

30: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. edit

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. edit

32: This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. edit

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. edit

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