Epistle to the Ephesians (Translated)

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Chapter 1

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus From Paul, one of Jesus Christ's apostles by God's will, to the Ephesian saints and those faithful to Jesus Christ: The manuscripts suggests that this letter was written to the saints in more than one city, and this is the copy specifically addressed to Ephesus.
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Father God and Jesus Christ's grace and peace of mind be on you.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Blessed is God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with all the spiritual blessings in Christ in the heavenly realm.
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love Since He chose us to serve Him before the world began, that we would be holy and blameless and loving before Him,
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, and in fact planned ahead of time to adopt us as His children through Jesus Christ, as He willed, The Greek prooridzo, "I decide ahead of time" (from pro- before and horidzo I decide; whence horizon), can have only one meaning. Here is part of the support for the doctrine of predestination. See also Romans 8:28.
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. which praises the glory of His grace, which He gave to us in the Beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; We are redeemed by His blood, and forgiven our sin thanks to His rich grace,
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; which He has give to us in His wisdom and prudence,
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself since He told us the truth of His will, according to the plan He had created,
10 That in the dispensation of the fullness 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 so that at the end of the full execution of that plan over time, He might gather everything together in Christ in one place, both the things in heaven, and the things on earth.
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will We also have received an inheritance in Him, having been destined ahead-of-time according to the plan of Him Who makes all things work out according to the counsel of His own will,
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. so that we, who first trusted in Christ, should exist to the praise of His glory.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, You also trusted in HIm, after you heard the Word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation in Him. Also, after you believed in that, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. the collateral for our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, For that reason I, too, after I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love to all the saints,
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; have not stopped giving thanks for you, and mentioning you in my prayers,
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him so that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, might give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in knowledge about Him,
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and so that the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and how rich is the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, and how exceedingly great is His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His of his ruling power.
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, He created that power in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 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 far above every kind of principality, and authority, and power, and lordship, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world to come,
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, and has put all things under His feet, and given Him to be the head over all things to the church.
23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all. The church is His Body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Chapter 2

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; You were once dead with sin and wrongdoings. The "hath quickened" part may be of doubtful authenticity. In fact, it has no basis in the original Greek.
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience While in the past you followed the custom of the day, catering to the prince of earth, the evil spirit that guides men and women who behave like disobedient children. The NET Bible takes a different approach, insisting that the ruler is OVER the spirit, and not the spirit.[1].
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation 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. Furthermore, we all had our dealings in the past with such people in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of flesh and mind. We were by nature children of wrath, the same as these others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, But God, Who is rich in mercy, on account of His great love that He loved us with,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) even when we were dead in sins, has made us alive together with Christ—by grace you are saved—
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. so that in the ages to come He might demonstrate the exceeding wealth of His grace in His kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this did not come from yourselves. It is the gift of God,
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. not of works, so that no man has any room to boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has preordained for us to walk in.
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; So remember that you, who in the past were Gentiles in the flesh, who are called the "uncircumcision" by the thing that is called the "circumcision" in the flesh made by hands, By "circumcision" is meant "the Jews."
12 That at that time ye 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 were at that time without Christ, and were aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and foreign to the covenants of promise, and had no hope, and were without God in the world.
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. But now, in Christ Jesus, you, who ere once far away, are brought near by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; He is our peace, and has made both classes one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us. "Both" refers to "Jew and Gentile." The Greek amphoteros is clearly of dual number, having the same endings as the comparative degree of adjectives.
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; He has abolished in His flesh the enmity, and even the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, in order to make in Himself one new man of two natures, thus making peace,
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby and so that He might reconcile both to God in one body by the Cross, having destroyed the enmity through the agency of that Cross,
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. and come and preached peace to you who were far away from Him, and to those who were much closer to Him.
18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Because through Him, both classes have access by one Spirit to the Father.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; So now you are not strangers and foreigners anymore, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God,
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; and are built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. Jesus Christ Himself is the chief cornerstone,
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord and in Him the entire building, properly framed, grows together to a Holy Temple in the Lord.
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. And in Him you also are built together as a dwelling-place of God through the Spirit.

Chapter 3

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, This is why I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ on behalf of you, the Gentiles,
2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to youward if you heard (and I assume you have) of the management of the grace of God that is given from me to you,
3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, that by revelation He let me in on the secret (as I wrote before in a few words,
4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) by which, when you read this, you might understand my comprehension of the secret of Christ)
5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that in other ages was kept from the sons of men, as it is revealed now to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:
6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel that the Gentiles must be fellow-heirs, and belong to the same body, and partake in His Promise in Christ by the gospel
7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. of which I was made a servant, according to the gift of the grace of God given me by the working-out of His power. The Greek diakonos, from dia- through and konos the dust, whence "deacon," means anyone who does the "dusty" jobs.
8 Unto 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; I am less than the least of all the saints, and yet this grace has been given me, so that I might preach, among the Gentiles, the unsearchable wealth of Christ,
9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ and make all men realize the fellowship of the secret, which has been hidden from the beginning of the world in God, Who created all things through Jesus Christ,
10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, so that now, to the principalities and authorities in heavenly places, the manifold wisdom of God might be known by the church,
11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord according to the eternal purpose that he set in Christ Jesus our Lord,
12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. in Whom we have boldness and access, with confidence, by His faith.
13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. So I would not have you give up in the face of the oppression that I suffer for you, the oppression that is your glory.
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, This is why I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, from Whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 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 He would grant to you, according to the richness of His glory, to be strengthened greatly by His Spirit in the inner man,
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, so that Christ might live in your hearts by faith, so that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; can comprehend with all the saints the breadth, and length, and depth, and height,
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. and know the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge, so that you might be filled with the fullness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Now to Him WHo can do with exceeding abudance anything that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. to Him be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

Chapter 4

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, And so I, the prisoner of the Lord, beg of you that you will walk worthy of your calling,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, putting up with one another in love,
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. doing your best to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; There is one body, and one Spirit, just as you are called in one hope of your calling,
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. one God and Father of everyone. He is above all, and through all, and in all of you.
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. But grace is given to every one of us according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. That is why He says, "When He went up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men."
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? Now that He has ascended, did He not also descend first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) He Who has descended is the same One Who has ascended far above all heavens, so that He might fill all things.
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; He made some men apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ for making the saints complete, for the work of service, for the building-up of the body of Christ,
13 Till we all 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 stature of the fullness of Christ until we all come in the unity of the faith, and the understanding of the Son of God, to a complete man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
14 That we henceforth be no more 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; so that from now on we will not be children anymore, tossed here and there, and carried around with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, and cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive,
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ but, speaking the truth in love, we might grow up into Him in all things, He Who is the head: Christ.
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. From Him the whole body, joined properly together and brought together by that which every joint supplies, according to the working-out in the measure of every part, makes itself increase for its own building-up in love.
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, All that to say this, and to testify in the Lord: from now on you must not walk the way other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind.
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart They have their understanding darkened, and are alienated from the lief of God through the ignorance that is in them.
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. They, being past feeling, have given themselves over to loose living, to work all types of uncleanness with greed.
20 But ye have not so learned Christ; You have not thus learned about Christ,
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus if it is true that you have heard Him, and been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus,
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; so that you will put off, as regards the old conversation, the old man, who is corrup according to deceitful lusts,
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and allow yourself to be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. and put on the new man, who is created after God in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour for we are members one of another. So put away lying, and let every man speak the truth with his neighbor, because we are all members of one another.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not let not the sun go down upon your wrath Be angry in a controlled way and with just cause, and do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your anger,
27 Neither give place to the devil. and give no quarter to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. He who steals, let him steal no more. Instead, let him work, making good things with his hands, so that he can give something to a needy person.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Do not say anything rotten, but rather speak of good that builds so that others may understand grace. Corrupt is the same as the rotten tree. Edifying is building.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God. After all, you are sealed with the spirit of God until redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice Cease all bitterness, wrath, anger, outrage and blasphemy along with all forms of malice Word choice to match the greek closer. Word order to more modern standards.
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Be kind to each other, compassionate and forgiving as God in Christ has forgiven you. A classic verse that is at the heart of what it means to be Christian.

Chapter 5

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; So you must be followers of God, like beloved children,
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour. and walk in love, as Christ loved us as well, and gave Himself for us as an Offering and a Sacrifice to God, for a sweet-smelling flavor.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; But make sure that sexual immorality, or perversion, or covetousness is never once named among you, as becomes the set-apart people that you are,
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient but rather giving of thanks. nor filthiness, nor the speaking of foolish things, nor making fun of others. These do not become you well. Instead, you should be giving thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. You know this: no client of prostitutes, no unclean person, and no covetous man, who is a worshipper of idols, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Do not let any man deceive you with empty words. Because of these things, the righteous and magisterial anger of God is coming on the sons of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. So do not be a participant with them in that disobedience.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. So walk like children of light,
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) (the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth,)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. discerning what is acceptable to the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Do not have any fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. You should instead be showing such things up for what they are.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. It is a shameful thing even to talk about the things that they do in hiding.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. All things that are shown for what they are, are made obvious by the light—for anything that makes a thing obvious, is light.
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. For He Who makes things obvious says: "Wake up, sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light."
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, So see that you tread carefully, not like ignorant people, but like wise people,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. and redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. On this account you must not be unlearned, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; And do not intoxicate yourselves with material luxuries; that sort of thing leads to excess. Instead, by filled with the Spirit, "Be not drunk with wine" could better be worded as "do not begin to be drunk with wine" as any amount of an intoxicant is damaging and despite what some liberals may claim this passage calls for a total abstinence from alcohol which is godly.
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; speaking to yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual odes, singing and making melody inm your heart to the Lord.
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; always giving thanks for all things to God and the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. In a spirit of mutual submission in the fear of God,
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. you wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as you do 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 saviour of the body. A husband is the head of his wife, in the same way that Christ is the head of the church, and He is the Savior of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. So, as the church is subject to Christ, let wives be subject to their own husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; You husbands: love your wives, in the same way that 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, so that he might set it apart and cleanse it with the washing of water by the (spoken) 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. so that he might present it to Himself as a glorious church, having no spot or wrinkle or anything of that kind, but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. Men ought to love their wives as much as they love their own bodies. A man who loves his wife, loves himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church No man has ever yet treated his own flesh with indifference. He nourishes it and cherishes it, the same way that the Lord does for the church.
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For we are members of His Body, of His Flesh, and of His Bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. "This is why a man leaves his father and mother, and is joined to his wife, and the two of them will be one flesh."
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. This is an important secret. But I am speaking about 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 reverence her husband. Still, let every one of you in particular love his wife in this way, even as he loves himself. And let the wife see that she shows reverence for her husband.

Chapter 6

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Children, obey your parents in the Lord. This is the right thing to do.
2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) "Honor your father and mother," (this is the first commandment carrying a promise)
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. "so that it will be well with you, and you may live long on the earth."
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. You fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the instruction and admonition of the Lord.
5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Slaves, be obedient to those that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in single-mindedness of your heart, as you are to Christ, This could apply equally to modern labor relations, and to anyone engaged to work for another.
6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; not with eye-service, as men do to please other men, but like the slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men doing your job with good will, as if you are doing it for the Lord, and not for men,
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. knowing that whatever good thing any man does, he will get back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or a free man.
9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. And you masters: do likewise for them, and lay off threatening. Remember: your Master is in heaven, and there is no respect of persons with Him.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His strength.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand against the tricks of the Devil.
12 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. We are not in a fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities, authorities, and world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in heavenly places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. So take up to yourselve the full armor of God, so that you can stand fast in the evil day and, having done everything, remain standing.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; So stand, having the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; and your feet protected with the shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace.
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, Which is the word of God. The "sword" mentioned here is the regular service weapon of the Roman infantryman. All the above is standard Roman infantry equipment.
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and staying alert to it with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, and for me, so that the power of speech might be given me, so that I may open my mouth boldly, to share the secret of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. for which I am an ambassador in bonds, so that I may speak boldly in that, as I should.
21 But that ye 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 But so that you may also know about my business, and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything.
22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts. I have sent him to you for that very purpose, so that you may know what we are doing, and he might comfort your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. May grace be with all of those who sincerely love our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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