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Ephesians 5 - Lighthouse Bible 2006

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

2. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has given himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling fragrance.

3. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as is fitting for saints;

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

5. For this you know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

6. Let no one deceive you with empty words: for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the children of disobedience.

7. Do not be therefore sharers in these things with them.

8. For you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

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

10. Understanding what is acceptable to 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 by them in secret.

13. But all things that are reproved are made apparent by the light: for whatever makes something apparent is light.

14. Therefore he says, Awake you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.

15. See then that you walk carefully, not as fools, but as wise,

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

17. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

18. And do not be drunk with wine, which leads to immorality; but be filled with the Spirit;

19. Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

20. Giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Instructions for Christian Households

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

22. Wives, 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 church: and he is the savior of the body.

24. Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

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 loves his wife loves himself.

29. For no one ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord does for the church:

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

31. For this reason shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and the 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 reverences her husband.

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