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.

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