Galatians Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to the Galatians / Chapter 1

1-2 Paul, an apostle (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead), and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:

3-5 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

6-9 I marvel that you are so soon removed from him who called you in the grace of Christ to another gospel, which is not another, but some trouble you and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so now I say again, If any man preaches any other gospel to you than that which you have received, let him be accursed.

10 For do I now persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be the servant of Christ.

11-12 But I certify to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

13-14 For you have heard of my conduct in times past in the Jews' religion, how that I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. And I profited in the Jews' religion above many of my equals in my own nation, being exceedingly more zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

15-17 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace to reveal his Son in me that I might preach him among the heathen, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, neither did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me. Still, I went to Arabia and returned again to Damascus.

18 Then, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter and stayed with him for fifteen days.

19-20 But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord's brother. (Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God I lie not.)

21-24 Afterwards, I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia, and was unknown by face to the churches of Judaea, which were in Christ. But they had heard only, That he who persecuted us in times past now preaches the faith he once tried to destroy. And they glorified God in me.

Galatians Chapter 2

Galatians Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle to the Galatians / Chapter 2

1-5 Then fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me. And I went up by revelation and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. But not even Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. And because of false brethren brought in unaware (who came in secretly to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not give place to submission, not even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

6-10 But of these who seemed to be something, (whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God is no respecter of persons), for they who seemed to be in communication added nothing to me. But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed to me, as the gospel of the circumcision was to Peter (for he who worked effectually in Peter for the apostleship of the circumcision, the same worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles), and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave Barnabas and me the right hands of fellowship, that we should go to the heathen and they to the circumcision. They only desired that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was glad to do.

11-13 But when Peter came to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed. For before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles: but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And other Jews likewise played the hypocrite with him, insomuch that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.

14-16 But when I saw that they did not walk uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles, and not as the Jews, why do you compel the Gentiles to live like the Jews? We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we who have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

17-21 But if we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves are also found sinners, is Christ therefore the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live to God. I was crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness came by the law, then Christ died in vain.

Galatians Chapter 3

Galatians Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle to the Galatians / Chapter 3

1-4 O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain? If indeed it was in vain.

5-9 Therefore, he who ministers the Spirit to you, and works miracles among you, does he do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know you therefore that they who are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, In you shall all nations be blessed. So then those who are of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

10-12 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for the just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith, but the man who does them shall live by them.

13-14 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us (for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree), that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

15-18 Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is a man's covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no man annuls or adds to it. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He did not say, And to seeds, as of many, but as of one, And to your seed, who is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before by God in Christ, and the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant and make the promise of no effect. If the inheritance is of the law, it is no more of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

19-20 Therefore, then what purpose does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions till the seed should come to whom the promise was made, and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

21-25 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid. If there had been a law given which could have given life, surely righteousness would have been by the law. But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, kept for the faith which should afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

26-29 For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as having been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians Chapter 4

Galatians Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle to the Galatians / Chapter 4

1-5 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he is lord of all, but is under tutors and guardians until the time appointed by the father. Even so, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

6-7 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Therefore you are no longer a servant, but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

8-11 Nevertheless, then, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now, after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how do you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, in which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and times and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.

12-16 Brethren, I urge you, be as I am, for I am as you are. You have not injured me at all. You know that through infirmity of the flesh, I preached the gospel to you at first. And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise nor reject, but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. Where then is the blessedness of which you speak of? For I bear you witness that, if it had been possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and have given them to me. Have I, therefore, become your enemy because I tell you the truth?

17-20 They zealously court you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that you might be affect them. But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, not only when I am present with you. My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ is formed in you, I desire to be present with you now, and to change my tone; for I am in doubt about you.

21-27 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh, but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are allegory: For these are the two covenants; the one from Mount Sinai, which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar. For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to Jerusalem, which now is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, you barren who do not bear, break forth and shout, you who do not travail, for the desolate has many more children than she who has a husband.

28-31 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then, he who was born after the flesh persecuted him who was born after the Spirit, even so, it is now. Nevertheless, what says the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

Galatians Chapter 5

Galatians Chapter 5

New Testament / Epistle to the Galatians / Chapter 5

1-6 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say to you, that if you get circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man, who is circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. Christ has become of no effect to you, whosoever of you who attempt to be justified by the law; you have fallen from grace. For we, through the Spirit, wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ, neither circumcision avails anything nor uncircumcision; but faith that works by love.

7-10 You did run well. Who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth? This persuasion comes not from him, who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that you will not be otherwise minded, but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he is.

11-12 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. I would that those who trouble you were even cut off.

13-15 For, brethren, you have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but in love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, beware that you do not consume one another.

16-18 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things you should. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, contentions, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such, there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not desire vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Galatians Chapter 6

Galatians Chapter 6

New Testament / Epistle to the Galatians / Chapter 6

1-5 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if a man thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let every man examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every one shall bear his own burden.

6 Let him who is taught the word share all good things with him who teaches.

7-10 Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he who sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap if we do not faint. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

11-15 You see how large a letter I have written to you with mine own hand. As many as desire to make a fair showing in the flesh, they compel you to be circumcised, only that they should not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. But God forbid that I should glory, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.

16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

17 From henceforth let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Ephesians Chapter 1

Ephesians Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 1

1-2 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ, according as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love, having predestinated us to the adoption as children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved.

7-12 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace, in which he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself, that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him. In whom we have also obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will, that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13-14 In whom you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of his glory.

15-21 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love for all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world but also in that which is to come.

22-23 And he has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that fills all in all.

Ephesians Chapter 2

Ephesians Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 2

1-3 And you, he has made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, which in times past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience, among whom also we once conducted ourselves in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

4-10 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love whereby he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, has made us alive together with Christ, (for by grace you have been saved), and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

11-13 Therefore remember, that youbeing in times past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands, that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who sometimes were far off are brought near by the blood of Christ.

14-18 For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us, having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances, to make in himself one new man from the two, so making peace, and that he might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, therefby having slain the enmity. And he came and preached peace to you who were afar off, and to those who were near. For through him, we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

19-22 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, and are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom all the building fitly framed together grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.

Ephesians Chapter 3

Ephesians Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 3

1-7 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given me for you, how that by revelation he made known to me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few words, whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel, of which I was made a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of his power.

8-13 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ; to the intent that the manifold wisdom of God would now be known by the church to the principalities and powers in heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith in him. Therefore I desire that you not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

14-19 For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the width and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20-21 Now to him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all the ages, world without end. Amen.

Ephesians Chapter 4

Ephesians Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 4

1-6 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you that you walk worthy of the vocation which you were called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

7-10 But to every one of us grace is given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Therefore he says, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive and gave gifts to men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the one who ascended up far above all heavens to fill all things.)

11-16 And he gave some apostles and some prophets and some evangelists and some pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ; that we henceforth be no longer children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effective working of every part doing it share, causing an increase of the body to the edifying of itself in love.

17-19 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20-24 But you have not so learned Christ if indeed you have heard him and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off concerning your former conduct the old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man, which God has created in righteousness and true holiness.

25-33 Therefore, put away lying, let every man speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry, and sin not, and do not let the sun go down on your wrath, neither give place to the devil. Let him who stole steal no more, but rather let him labor, working with his hands that which is good, that he may have something to give to him who has need. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good for the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice: And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.

Ephesians Chapter 5

Ephesians Chapter 5

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 5

1-2 Therefore be followers of God, as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

3-7 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 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. Let no one deceive you with vain words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the children of disobedience. Therefore, do not be partakers with them.

8-14 For you were once in darkness, but now are you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), proving what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather rebuke them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light, for whatsoever makes manifest is light. Therefore he says, Awake you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.

15-16 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17-21 Therefore, do not be unwise but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting yourselves to one another in the fear of God.

22-24 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 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. Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

25-33 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 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. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord does the church. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Ephesians Chapter 6

Ephesians Chapter 6

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 6

1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, (which is the first commandment with promise;) that it may be well with you, that you may live long on the earth.

4 And you fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

5-8 Servants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatsoever good thing any man does, the samre shall be received from the Lor, whether he be bound or free.

9 And, you masters, do the same things to them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is their respect of persons with him.

10-13 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14-20 Stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, whereby you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all saints, and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21-22 But that you also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things, whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

23-24 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

Philippians Chapter 1

Philippians Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 1

1-2 Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3-8 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ; even as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long after you all in the affection of Jesus Christ.

9-11 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment, that you may approve things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

12-14 But I would have you understand, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places. And many of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much bolder to speak the word without fear.

15-18 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ in contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Notwithstanding, in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached, and therein I do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

19-26 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor; yet what I shall choose I do not know. For I am in a strait between the two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith, that your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

27-29 Only let your conversation be as it is becoming of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and in nothing terrified by your adversaries, which is to them the evidence tken of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For to you it has been given on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for his sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear is in me.

Philippians Chapter 2

Philippians Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 2

1-4 Therefore, if there be any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy, that you be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than themselves. Each man should look out not only for his own things but also for the things of others.

5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, and took upon himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted him and given him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on the earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure.

14-16 Do all things without murmuring and disputing, that you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

17-18 Yes, and if I am offered as an offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am happy and rejoice with you all. For the same reason, you also be happy and rejoice with me.

19-24 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I may also be encouraged when I know your state. For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Jesus Christ. But you know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he has served with me in the gospel. Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.

25-30 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he who ministered to my needs. For he longed for you all and was full of heaviness because you had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick close to death, but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore, I sent him the more earnestly, that when you see him again, you may rejoice and that I may be less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in honor, because for the work of Christ he was near to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in service toward me.

Philippians Chapter 3

Philippians Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 3

1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me, to write the same things to you indeed is not grievous, but for you, it is safe.

2-6 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation. For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinks he might have trust in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

7-11 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I count all things loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them as dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith; that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death if by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.

12-14 Not as though I have already attained, or that I have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may latch on to that for which Christ Jesus also has latched on for me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things that are behind, and reaching forward to those things are ahead, I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

15-16 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, be thus minded, and if in anything you think otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

17-21 Brethren, be followers together of me, and note those who walk so walk as you have us for an example. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their mind earthly things.) For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our wretched body, that it may be conformed to his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is even able to subdue all things to himself.

Philippians Chapter 4

Philippians Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 4

1 Therefore, my dearly beloved and longed for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

2-3 I urge Euodias and urge Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I entreat you also, true companion, help the women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other fellow-laborers, whose names are in the Book of Life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice.

5 Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8-9 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things you have both learned and received and heard and seen in me, do, and the God of peace will be with you.

10-13 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last your care for me has flourished again, wherein you were also careful, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want, for I have learned to be content in whatsoever state I am. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things, I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

14-20 Nevertheless you have done well, that you shared in my affliction. Now you Philippians know also that at the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but you only. For even in Thessalonica, you sent once and again for my necessities. Not because I desire a gift, but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things that were sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

21-22 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those who are of Caesar's household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Colossians Chapter 1

Colossians Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 1

1-2 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy, our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3-8 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, always praying for you since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have for all the saints, for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has in all the world, and brings forth fruit, as it does also in you, since the day you heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth; as you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ for you, who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

9-14 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you and desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you might walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness, giving thanks to the Father, who has made us able to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light, who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son, in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

15-18 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. By him were all things created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created by him and for him. And he is before all things, and by him, all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence.

19-20 For it pleased the Father that in him all fullness should dwell, and having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things to himself, by him, I say, whether they be things on earth or things in heaven.

21-23 And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight, if you continue in the faith grounded and steadfast, and have not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven, of which I Paul was made a minister.

24-29 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh, for the sake of his body, which is the church, of which I was made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, even the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints. To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus, unto what purpose I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.

Colossians Chapter 2

Colossians Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 2

1-3 For I would think that you knew what great conflict I have for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and receiving of all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

4-5 And this I say, lest any man should deceive you with enticing words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in the spirit, rejoicing and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

6-7 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

8-10 Beware lest any man cheats you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in him, who is the head of all principality and power.

11-15 In whom you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ, buried with him in baptism, in which you have also risen with him through the faith in the working of God, who has raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he has made alive together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses, blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

16-19 Let no man therefore judge you in food, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days, which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ. Let no man cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast the Head, from whom all the body nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, increases with the increase from God.

20-23 Therefore if you died with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances, (Touch not, taste not, and handle not, which all are things that perish with the using,) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in worship, and humility, and neglecting the body, not of any value to the satisfying of the flesh.

Colossians Chapter 3

Colossians Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 3

1-4 If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, you shall also appear with him in glory.

5-7 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil sexual desires, and covetousness, which is idolatry. For the wrath of God is coming on the children of disobedience, in which you also walked in times past when you lived in them.

8-11 But now you also are to put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him, where there is neither Jew nor Greek, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

12-17 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility of mind, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a quarrel against another, even as Christ forgave you, so you also do. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you are called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.

20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.

21 Fathers do not provoke your children to anger, lest they become discouraged.

22-25 Servants, in all things, obey your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in the sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong shall reap for the wrong he has done, and there is no respecter of persons.

Colossians Chapter 4

Colossians Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 4

1 Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

2-4 Continue in prayer, and be vigilant with thanksgiving; also, pray for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

5-6 Walk in wisdom toward those who are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

7-9 Tychicus, a beloved brother, a faithful minister and fellow-servant will declare to you all my works in the Lord; whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts, with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known to you all things which are done here.

10-11 Aristarchus, my fellow-prisoner, greets you, and Mark, the nephew of Barnabas, (by whom you received commandments, and if he comes to you, receive him), and Jesus, who is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These are my only fellow-workers for the kingdom of God, who have been a comfort to me.

12-15 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. For I bear him witness, that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis. Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you. Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.

16-17 And when this epistle is read among you, also cause it to be read in the church of the Laodiceans; and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.

18 The salutation by the hand of me, Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 1