The Enfolded Letter to the Ephesians

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Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6

Chapter 1

1.1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, Christ by the will of God, to all the saints who which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus. Jesus:

1.2 Grace be to you, and peace peace, from God the our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

1.3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places, places in Christ:

1.4 As According as he chose hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unspotted in his sight without blame before him in charity. love:

1.5 Who hath Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children through by Jesus Christ unto himself: to himself, according to the purpose good pleasure of his will: will,

1.6 Unto To the praise of the glory of his grace, in which wherein he hath graced made us accepted in his beloved son. the beloved.

1.7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace, grace;

1.8 Which Wherein he hath superabounded in abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence, prudence;

1.9 That he might make Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, pleasure which he hath purposed in him, himself:

1.10 In That in the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, that both which are in heaven heaven, and which are on earth, earth; even in him. him:

1.11 In whom we also are called by lot, we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things according to after the counsel of his will. own will:

1.12 That we may should be unto to the praise of his glory, we who before hoped Christ: first trusted in Christ.

1.13 In whom you also, ye also trusted, after you had that ye heard the word of truth, (the the gospel of your salvation;) salvation: in whom also believing, you after that ye believed, ye were signed sealed with the that holy Spirit of promise,

1.14 Who Which is the pledge earnest of our inheritance, unto inheritance until the redemption of acquisition, the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

1.15 Wherefore I also, hearing after I heard of your faith that is in the Lord Jesus, and of your love towards unto all the saints,

1.16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making commemoration mention of you in my prayers, prayers;

1.17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation, revelation in the knowledge of him:

1.18 The eyes of your heart enlightened, understanding being enlightened; that you ye may know what is the hope is of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. saints,

1.19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power towards us, to us-ward who believe believe, according to the operation of the might working of his mighty power,

1.20 Which he wrought in Christ, raising when he raised him up from the dead, and setting set him on at his own right hand in the heavenly places. places,

1.21 Above Far above all principality, and power, and virtue, might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. come:

1.22 And he hath subjected put all things under his feet, and hath made gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

1.23 Which is his body, and the fulness of him who is filled that filleth all in all.

Chapter 2

2.1 And you, when you hath he quickened, who were dead in your offences, trespasses and sins, sins;

2.2 Wherein in time past you ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of this the air, of the spirit that now worketh on in the children of unbelief: disobedience:

2.3 In which Among whom also we all conversed had our conversation in time past, times past in the desires lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the will desires of the flesh and of our thoughts, the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as the rest: others.

2.4 But God, (who who is rich in mercy,) mercy, for his exceeding charity great love wherewith he loved us,

2.5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together in with Christ, (by whose grace you ye are saved,) saved;)

2.6 And hath raised us up together, and hath made us sit together in the heavenly places, through places in Christ Jesus. Jesus:

2.7 That he might shew in the ages to come he might shew the abundant exceeding riches of his grace, grace in his bounty towards kindness toward us in through Christ Jesus.

2.8 For by grace you are ye saved through faith, faith; and that not of yourselves, for yourselves: it is the gift of God; God:

2.9 Not of works, that no lest any man may glory. should boast.

2.10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus in unto good works, which God hath prepared before ordained that we should walk in them.

2.11 For which cause be mindful Wherefore remember, that you, ye being heretofore in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called uncircumcision Uncircumcision by that which is called circumcision the Circumcision in the flesh, flesh made by hands;

2.12 That you were at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the conversation commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to from the testament, having no hope covenants of the promise, having no hope, and without God in this world. the world:

2.13 But now in Christ Jesus, you, Jesus ye who some time sometimes were afar off, far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

2.14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and breaking hath broken down the middle wall of partition, the enmities in his flesh: partition between us;

2.15 Making void Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in decrees; that he might ordinances; for to make the two in himself into of twain one new man, so making peace;

2.16 And that he might reconcile both to unto God in one body by the cross, killing having slain the enmities in himself. enmity thereby:

2.17 And coming, he came and preached peace to you that which were afar off, and peace to them that were nigh.

2.18 For by through him we both have access both in by one Spirit to unto the Father.

2.19 Now therefore you ye are no more strangers and foreigners; foreigners, but you are fellow citizens fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the domestics household of God, God;

2.20 Built And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone: stone;

2.21 In whom all the building, being building fitly framed together, together groweth up into unto an holy temple in the Lord. Lord:

2.22 In whom you ye also are built builded together into for an habitation of God in through the Spirit.

Chapter 3

3.1 For this cause, cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ, Christ for you Gentiles; Gentiles,

3.2 If yet you ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me towards you: to you-ward:

3.3 How that, according to revelation, the mystery has been that by revelation he made known to me, as unto me the mystery; (as I have written above wrote afore in a few words; words,

3.4 As you reading, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, Christ)

3.5 Which in other generations ages was not made known to unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed to unto his holy apostles and prophets in by the Spirit: Spirit;

3.6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, fellowheirs, and of the same body, and co-partners partakers of his promise in Christ Jesus, by the gospel:

3.7 Of which Whereof I am was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, which is God given to unto me according to by the operation effectual working of his power: power.

3.8 To Unto me, who am less than the least of all the saints, is given this grace, to grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles, Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, Christ;

3.9 And to enlighten make all men, that they may men see what is the dispensation fellowship of the mystery mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hidden from eternity hid in God, who created all things: things by Jesus Christ:

3.10 That To the manifold wisdom of God may be made known to intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places through might be known by the church, church the manifold wisdom of God,

3.11 According to the eternal purpose, purpose which he made, purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

3.12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

3.13 Wherefore I pray you not to desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

3.14 For this cause I bow my knees to unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

3.15 Of whom all paternity the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

3.16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit with might unto in the inward man, inner man;

3.17 That Christ may dwell by faith in your hearts; hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and founded grounded in charity, love,

3.18 You may May be able to comprehend, comprehend with all the saints, saints what is the breadth, and length, and height, depth, and depth: height;

3.19 To And to know also the charity love of Christ, which surpasseth all passeth knowledge, that you may ye might be filled unto with all the fulness of God.

3.20 Now to unto him who that is able to do all things more exceeding abundantly than above all that we desire ask or understand, think, according to the power that worketh in us; us,

3.21 To Unto him be glory in the church, and in church by Christ Jesus unto throughout all generations, ages, world without end. Amen.

Chapter 4

4.1 I therefore, a the prisoner in of the Lord, beseech you that you ye walk worthy of the vocation in which you wherewith ye are called,

4.2 With all humility lowliness and mildness, meekness, with patience, supporting longsuffering, forbearing one another in charity. love;

4.3 Careful Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

4.4 One body There is one body, and one Spirit; Spirit, even as you ye are called in one hope of your calling. calling;

4.5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism. baptism,

4.6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us you all.

4.7 But to unto every one of us is given grace, grace according to the measure of the giving gift of Christ.

4.8 Wherefore he saith: Ascending saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive; he captive, and gave gifts to unto men.

4.9 Now (Now that he ascended, what is it, it but because that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

4.10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things. things.)

4.11 And he gave some apostles, some, apostles; and some prophets, some, prophets; and other some evangelists, some, evangelists; and other some some, pastors and doctors, teachers;

4.12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

4.13 Until Till we all meet into come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age stature of the fulness of Christ; Christ:

4.14 That henceforth we henceforth be no more children children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine doctrine, by the wickedness sleight of men, by and cunning craftiness, by which whereby they lie in wait to deceive deceive;

4.15 But doing speaking the truth in charity, we love, may in all things grow up in into him who in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

4.16 From whom the whole body, being compacted and body fitly joined together, together and compacted by what that which every joint supplieth, according to the operation effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, body unto the edifying of itself in charity. love.

4.17 This then I say therefore, and testify in the Lord: That henceforward you Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as also the other Gentiles walk walk, in the vanity of their mind,

4.18 Having their the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts. heart:

4.19 Who despairing, being past feeling have given themselves up to lasciviousness, unto the working of all uncleanness, over unto the working of lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness, unto covetousness. uncleanness with greediness.

4.20 But you ye have not so learned Christ;

4.21 If so be that you ye have heard him, and have been taught in by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

4.22 To That ye put off, according to off concerning the former conversation, conversation the old man, who which is corrupted corrupt according to the desire of error. deceitful lusts;

4.23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind: mind;

4.24 And that ye put on the new man, who according to which after God is created in justice righteousness and holiness of truth. true holiness.

4.25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak ;ye the truth every man truth with his neighbour; neighbour: for we are members one of another.

4.26 Be ye angry, and sin not. Let not: let not the sun go down upon your anger. wrath:

4.27 Give not Neither give place to the devil.

4.28 He that stole, let Let him now that stole steal no more; more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have something to give to him that suffereth need. needeth.

4.29 Let no evil speech corrupt communication proceed from out of your mouth; mouth, but that which is good, good to the edification use of faith, edifying, that it may administer minister grace to unto the hearers.

4.30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God: God, whereby you ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

4.31 Let all bitterness, and anger, wrath, and indignation, anger, and clamour, and blasphemy, evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. malice:

4.32 And be ye kind one to another; merciful, another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you in Christ. you.

Chapter 5

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 given himself for us, us an oblation offering and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness. a sweetsmelling savour.

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

5.4 Or obscenity, or Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, or scurrility, nor jesting, which is to no purpose; are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

5.5 For know you this and understand, ye know, that no fornicator, or unclean, or whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous person (which man, who is a serving of idols), an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

5.6 Let no man deceive you with vain words. For words: for because of these things cometh the anger wrath of God upon the children of unbelief. disobedience.

5.7 Be ye not ye therefore partakers with them.

5.8 For you ye were heretofore sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord. Walk then Lord: walk as children of the light. light:

5.9 For (For the fruit of the light Spirit is in all goodness, goodness and justice, righteousness and truth; truth;)

5.10 Proving what is well pleasing to God: acceptable unto the Lord.

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. of those things which are done of them in secret.

5.13 But all things that are reproved, reproved are made manifest by the light; light: for all that is made whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

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

5.15 See therefore, brethren, how you then that ye walk circumspectly: circumspectly, not as unwise, fools, but as wise,

5.16 But as wise: redeeming Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

5.17 Wherefore become be ye not unwise, but understanding what is the will of God. the Lord is.

5.18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury; excess; but be ye filled with the holy Spirit, Spirit;

5.19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms, psalms and hymns, hymns and spiritual canticles, songs, singing and making melody in your hearts heart to the Lord;

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

5.21 Being subject Submitting yourselves one to another, another in the fear of Christ. God.

5.22 Let women be subject to their Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as to unto the Lord: Lord.

5.23 Because For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church. He church: and he is the saviour of his the body.

5.24 Therefore as the church is subject to unto Christ, so also let the wives be to their own husbands in all things. every thing.

5.25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and delivered gave himself up for it: it;

5.26 That he might sanctify it, cleansing and cleanse it by with the laver washing of water in by the word of life: word,

5.27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot spot, or wrinkle, or any; any such thing; but that it should be holy, holy and without blemish.

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

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

5.30 Because For 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 be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be two in one flesh.

5.32 This is a great sacrament; mystery: but I speak in concerning Christ and in the church.

5.33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself: himself; and let the wife fear see that she reverence her husband.

Chapter 6

6.1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, Lord: for this is just. right.

6.2 Honour thy father and thy mother, mother; which is the first commandment with a promise: promise;

6.3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest be live long lived upon on the earth.

6.4 And you, And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to anger; wrath: but bring them up in the discipline nurture and correction admonition of the Lord.

6.5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your lords masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the simplicity singleness of your heart, as to Christ: unto Christ;

6.6 Not serving to the eye, with eyeservice, as it were pleasing men, but, menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, heart;

6.7 With a good will serving, doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men. men:

6.8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man shall do, doeth, the same shall he receive from of the Lord, whether he be bond, bond or free.

6.9 And you, And, ye masters, do the same things to unto them, forbearing threatenings, threatening: knowing that the Lord both of them and you your Master also is in heaven; and there neither is no there respect of persons with him.

6.10 Finally, my brethren, be strengthened strong in the Lord, and in the might power of his power. might.

6.11 Put you on the whole armour of God, that you ye may be able to stand against the deceits wiles of the devil.

6.12 For our wrestling is we wrestle not against flesh and blood; blood, but against principalities and power, principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the world darkness of this darkness, world, against the spirits of spiritual wickedness in the high places.

6.13 Therefore Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that you ye may be able to resist withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand in all things perfect. stand.

6.14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, righteousness;

6.15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace: peace;

6.16 In all things Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may ye shall be able to extinguish quench all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. wicked.

6.17 And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which Spirit, which is the word of God). God:

6.18 By Praying always with all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit; Spirit, and in the same watching thereunto with all instance perseverance and supplication for all the saints: saints;

6.19 And for me, that speech utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth with confidence, boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel. gospel,

6.20 For which I am an ambassador in a chain, so bonds: that therein I may be bold to speak according boldly, as I ought. ought to speak.

6.21 But that you ye also may know the things that concern me, my affairs, and what how I am doing, do, Tychicus, my dearest a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will shall make known to you all things:

6.22 Whom I have sent to unto you for this the same purpose, that you may ye might know the things concerning us, our affairs, and that he may might comfort your hearts.

6.23 Peace be to the brethren brethren, and charity love with faith, from God the Father, Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

6.24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in incorruption. sincerity. Amen.