Ephesians (Eph) 5

Ephesians (Eph) 5

1So imitate God, as his dear children; 2and live a life of love, just as also the Messiah loved us, indeed, on our behalf gave himself up as an offering, as a slaughtered sacrifice to God with a pleasing fragrance. 3Among you there should not even be mentioned sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity, or greed; these are utterly inappropriate for God’s holy people. 4Also out of place are obscenity and stupid talk or coarse language; instead, you should be giving thanks. 5For of this you can be sure: every sexually immoral, impure or greedy person — that is, every idol-worshipper — has no share in the Kingdom of the Messiah and of God. 6Let no one deceive you with empty talk; for it is because of these things that God’s judgment is coming on those who disobey him. 7So don’t become partners with them!
8For you used to be darkness; but now, united with the Lord, you are light. Live like children of light, 9for the fruit of the light is in every kind of goodness, rightness and truth — 10try to determine what will please the Lord. 11Have nothing to do with the deeds produced by darkness, but instead expose them, 12for it is shameful even to speak of the things these people do in secret. 13But everything exposed to the light is revealed clearly for what it is, 14since anything revealed is a light. This is why it says,
“Get up, sleeper! Arise from the dead,
and the Messiah will shine on you!”
15Therefore, pay careful attention to how you conduct your life — live wisely, not unwisely. 16Use your time well, for these are evil days. 17So don’t be foolish, but try to understand what the will of the Lord is.
18Don’t get drunk with wine, because it makes you lose control. Instead, keep on being filled with the Spirit — 19sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to each other; sing to the Lord and make music in your heart to him; 20always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
21Submit to one another in fear of the Messiah. 22Wives should submit to their husbands as they do to the Lord; 23because the husband is head of the wife, just as the Messiah, as head of the Messianic Community, is himself the one who keeps the body safe. 24Just as the Messianic Community submits to the Messiah, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25As for husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah loved the Messianic Community, indeed, gave himself up on its behalf, 26in order to set it apart for God, making it clean through immersion in the mikveh, so to speak, 27in order to present the Messianic Community to himself as a bride to be proud of, without a spot, wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and without defect. 28This is how husbands ought to love their wives — like their own bodies; for the man who loves his wife is loving himself. 29Why, no one ever hated his own flesh! On the contrary, he feeds it well and takes care of it, just as the Messiah does the Messianic Community, 30because we are parts of his Body. 31“Therefore a man will leave his father and mother and remain with his wife, and the two will become one.” 32There is profound truth hidden here, which I say concerns the Messiah and the Messianic Community. 33However, the text also applies to each of you individually: let each man love his wife as he does himself, and see that the wife respects her husband.

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