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Read the Bible in a Year - December 9

Ephesians 1 - 3


American Standard Version

Ephesians 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints that are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ:

4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love:

5 having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved:

7 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trepasses, according to the riches of his grace,

8 which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

9 making known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him

10 unto a dispensation of the fulness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things upon the earth; in him, I say,

11 in whom also we were made a heritage, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his will;

12 to the end that we should be unto the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

13 in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, -- in whom, having also believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

14 which is an earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of God's own possession, unto the praise of his glory.

15 For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and the love which ye show toward all the saints,

16 cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;

18 having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19 and what the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might

20 which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places,

21 far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

22 and he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church,

23 which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Ephesians 2

1 And you did he make alive, when ye were dead through your trepasses and sins,

2 wherein ye once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the powers of the air, of the spirit that now worketh in the sons of disobedience;

3 among whom we also all once lived in the lust of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest: --

4 but God, being rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved),

6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus:

7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus:

8 for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

9 not of works, that no man should glory.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.

11 Wherefore remember, that once ye, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called Circumcision, in the flesh, made by hands;

12 that ye were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye that once were far off are made nigh in the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace, who made both one, and brake down the middle wall of partition,

15 having abolished in the flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; that he might create in himself of the two one new man, so making peace;

16 and might reconcile them both in one body unto God through the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

17 and he came and preached peace to you that were far off, and peace to them that were nigh:

18 for through him we both have our access in one Spirit unto the Father.

19 So then ye are no more strangers and sojourners, but ye are fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God,

20 being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief corner stone;

21 in whom each several building, fitly framed together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord;

22 in whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.

Ephesians 3

1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus in behalf of you Gentiles, --

2 if so be that ye have heard of the dispensation of that grace of God which was given me to you-ward;

3 how that by revelation was made known unto me the mystery, as I wrote before in few words,

4 whereby, when ye read, ye can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ;

5 which in other generation was not made known unto the sons of men, as it hath now been revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;

6 to wit, that the Gentiles are fellow-heirs, and fellow-members of the body, and fellow-partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,

7 whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power.

8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach unto the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

9 and to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery which for ages hath been hid in God who created all things;

10 to the intent that now unto the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places might be made known through the church the manifold wisdom of God,

11 according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

12 in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him.

13 Wherefore I ask that ye may not faint at my tribulations for you, which are your glory.

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father,

15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,

16 that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man;

17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 may be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

19 and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye may be filled unto all the fulness 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,

21 unto him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all generations for ever and ever. Amen.

Amplified

Ephesians 1

1 PAUL, AN apostle (special messenger) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah), by the divine will (the purpose and the choice of God) to the saints (the consecrated, set-apart ones) at Ephesus who are also faithful {and} loyal {and} steadfast in Christ Jesus:

2 May grace (God's unmerited favor) and spiritual peace [which means peace with God and harmony, unity, and undisturbedness] be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us {in Christ} with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!

4 Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, {even} above reproach, before Him in love.

5 For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent]--

6 [So that we might be] to the praise {and} the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

7 In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches {and} the generosity of His gracious favor,

8 Which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence),

9 Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed {and} set forth in Him,

10 [He planned] for the maturity of the times {and} the climax of the ages to unify all things {and} head them up {and} consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.

11 In Him we also were made [God's] heritage (portion) {and} we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel {and} design of His [own] will,

12 So that we who first hoped in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him have been destined and appointed to] live for the praise of His glory!

13 In Him you also who have heard the Word of Truth, the glad tidings (Gospel) of your salvation, and have believed in {and} adhered to {and} relied on Him, were stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit.

14 That [Spirit] is the guarantee of our inheritance [the firstfruits, the pledge and foretaste, the down payment on our heritage], in anticipation of its full redemption {and} our acquiring [complete] possession of it--to the praise of His glory.

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints (the people of God),

16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.

17 [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,

18 By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know {and} understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),

19 And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable {and} unlimited {and} surpassing greatness of His power in {and} for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength,

20 Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places],

21 Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age {and} in this world, but also in the age {and} the world which are to come.

22 And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church],

23 Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself].

Ephesians 2

1 AND YOU [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins

2 In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course {and} fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God].

3 Among these we as well as you once lived {and} conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God's] wrath {and} heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind.

4 But God--so rich is He in His mercy! Because of {and} in order to satisfy the great {and} wonderful {and} intense love with which He loved us,

5 Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings {and} trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship {and} in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation).

6 And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

7 He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness {and} goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus.

8 For it is by free grace (God's unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment {and} made partakers of Christ's salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;

9 Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law's demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]

10 For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

11 Therefore, remember that at one time you were Gentiles (heathens) in the flesh, called Uncircumcision by those who called themselves Circumcision, [itself a mere mark] in the flesh made by human hands.

12 [Remember] that you were at that time separated (living apart) from Christ [excluded from all part in Him], utterly estranged {and} outlawed from the rights of Israel as a nation, and strangers with no share in the sacred compacts of the [Messianic]

13 But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were [so] far away, through (by, in) the blood of Christ have been brought near.

14 For He is [Himself] our peace (our bond of unity and harmony). He has made us both [Jew and Gentile] one [body], and has broken down (destroyed, abolished) the hostile dividing wall between us,

15 By abolishing in His [own crucified] flesh the enmity [caused by] the Law with its decrees and ordinances [which He annulled]; that He from the two might create in Himself one new man [one new quality of humanity out of the two], so making peace.

16 And [He designed] to reconcile to God both [Jew and Gentile, united] in a single body by means of His cross, thereby killing the mutual enmity {and} bringing the feud to an end.

17 And He came and preached the glad tidings of peace to you who were afar off and [peace] to those who were near.

18 For it is through Him that we both [whether far off or near] now have an introduction (access) by one [Holy] Spirit to the Father [so that we are able to approach Him].

19 Therefore you are no longer outsiders (exiles, migrants, and aliens, excluded from the rights of citizens), but you now share citizenship with the saints (God's own people, consecrated and set apart for Himself); and you belong to God's [own] household.

20 You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone.

21 In Him the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated, and sacred to the presence of the Lord].

22 In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the rest, to form a fixed abode (dwelling place) of God in (by, through) the Spirit.

Ephesians 3

1 FOR THIS reason [because I preached that you are thus built up together], I, Paul, [am] the prisoner of Jesus the Christ for the sake {and} on behalf of you Gentiles--

2 Assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace (His unmerited favor) that was entrusted to me [to dispense to you] for your benefit,

3 [And] that the mystery (secret) was made known to me {and} I was allowed to comprehend it by direct revelation, as I already briefly wrote you.

4 When you read this you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ.

5 [This mystery] was never disclosed to human beings in past generations as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles (consecrated messengers) and prophets by the [Holy] Spirit.

6 [It is this:] that the Gentiles are now to be fellow heirs [with the Jews], members of the same body and joint partakers [sharing] in the same divine promise in Christ through [their acceptance of] the glad tidings (the Gospel).

7 Of this [Gospel] I was made a minister according to the gift of God's free grace (undeserved favor) which was bestowed on me by the exercise (the working in all its effectiveness) of His power.

8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints (God's consecrated people), this grace (favor, privilege) was granted {and} graciously entrusted: to proclaim to the Gentiles the unending (boundless, fathomless, incalculable, and exhaustless) riches of Christ [wealth which no human being could have searched out],

9 Also to enlighten all men {and} make plain to them what is the plan [regarding the Gentiles and providing for the salvation of all men] of the mystery kept hidden through the ages {and} concealed until now in [the mind of] God Who created all things {by Christ Jesus.}

10 [The purpose is] that through the church the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all its infinite variety {and} innumerable aspects might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities (principalities and powers) in the heavenly sphere.

11 This is in accordance with the terms of the eternal {and} timeless purpose which He has realized {and} carried into effect in [the person of] Christ Jesus our Lord,

12 In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).

13 So I ask you not to lose heart [not to faint or become despondent through fear] at what I am suffering in your behalf. [Rather glory in it] for it is an honor to you.

14 For this reason [seeing the greatness of this plan by which you are built together in Christ], I bow my knees before the Father {of our Lord Jesus Christ,}

15 For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name].

16 May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened {and} reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].

17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love {and} founded securely on love,

18 That you may have the power {and} be strong to apprehend {and} grasp with all the saints [God's devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];

19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may hav

20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over {and} above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]--

21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

Basic Bible

Ephesians 1

1 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the purpose of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and those who have faith in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us every blessing of the Spirit in the heavens in Christ:

4 Even as he made selection of us in him from the first, so that we might be holy and free from all evil before him in love:

5 As we were designed before by him for the position of sons to himself, through Jesus Christ, in the good pleasure of his purpose,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely gave to us in the Loved One:

7 In whom we have salvation through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins, through the wealth of his grace,

8 Which he gave us in full measure in all wisdom and care;

9 Having made clear to us the secret of his purpose, in agreement with the design which he had in mind, to put into his hands

10 The ordering of the times when they are complete, so that all things might come to a head in Christ, the things in heaven and the things on the earth; in him, I say,

11 In whom we have a heritage, being marked out from the first in his purpose who does all things in agreement with his designs;

12 So that his glory might have praise through us who first had hope in Christ:

13 In whom you, having been given the true word, the good news of your salvation, and through your faith in him, were given the sign of the Holy Spirit of hope,

14 Which is the first-fruit of our heritage, till God gets back that which is his, to the praise of his glory.

15 For this cause I, having had news of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and which you make clear to all the saints,

16 Give praise without end for you, keeping you in mind in my prayers;

17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;

18 And that having the eyes of your heart full of light, you may have knowledge of what is the hope of his purpose, what is the wealth of the glory of his heritage in the saints,

19 And how unlimited is his power to us who have faith, as is seen in the working of the strength of his power,

20 By which he made Christ come back from the dead, and gave him a place at his right hand in heaven,

21 Far over all rule and authority and power and every name which is named, not only in the present order, but in that which is to come:

22 And he has put all things under his feet, and has made him to be head over all things to the church,

23 Which is his body, the full measure of him in whom all things are made complete.

Ephesians 2

1 And to you did he give life, when you were dead through your wrongdoing and sins,

2 In which you were living in the past, after the ways of this present world, doing the pleasure of the lord of the power of the air, the spirit who is now working in those who go against the purpose of God;

3 Among whom we all at one time were living in the pleasures of our flesh, giving way to the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and the punishment of God was waiting for us even as for the rest.

4 But God, being full of mercy, through the great love which he had for us,

5 Even when we were dead through our sins, gave us life together with Christ (by grace you have salvation),

6 So that we came back from death with him, and are seated with him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus;

7 That in the time to come he might make clear the full wealth of his grace in his mercy to us in Christ Jesus:

8 Because by grace you have salvation through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is given by God:

9 Not by works, so that no man may take glory to himself.

10 For by his act we were given existence in Christ Jesus to do those good works which God before made ready for us so that we might do them.

11 For this reason keep it in mind that in the past you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are looked on as being outside the circumcision by those who have circumcision, in the flesh, made by hands;

12 That you were at that time without Christ, being cut off from any part in Israel's rights as a nation, having no part in God's agreement, having no hope, and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who at one time were far off are made near in the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace, who has made the two into one, and by whom the middle wall of division has been broken down,

15 Having in his flesh put an end to that which made the division between us, even the law with its rules and orders, so that he might make in himself, of the two, one new man, so making peace;

16 And that the two might come into agreement with God in one body through the cross, so putting an end to that division.

17 And he came preaching peace to you who were far off, and to those who were near;

18 Because through him the two of us are able to come near in one Spirit to the Father.

19 So then you are no longer as those who have no part or place in the kingdom of God, but you are numbered among the saints, and of the family of God,

20 Resting on the base of the Apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief keystone,

21 In whom all the building, rightly joined together, comes to be a holy house of God in the Lord;

22 In whom you, with the rest, are united together as a living-place of God in the Spirit.

Ephesians 3

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

2 If that ordering of the grace of God has come to your knowledge, which was given to me for you,

3 How by revelation the secret was made clear to me, as I said before in a short letter,

4 By the reading of which you will be clear about my knowledge of the secret of Christ;

5 Which in other generations was not given to the sons of men, but the revelation of it has now been made to his holy Apostles and prophets in the Spirit;

6 Which is that the Gentiles have a part in the heritage, and in the same body, and in the same hope in Christ through the good news,

7 Of which I was made a preacher, through that grace of God which was given to me in the measure of the working of his power.

8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, was this grace given, so that I might make clear to the Gentiles the good news of the unending wealth of Christ:

9 And make all men see what is the ordering of the secret which from the first has been kept in God who made all things;

10 So that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavens might be made clear through the church the wide-shining wisdom of God,

11 Which is seen in his eternal purpose in Christ Jesus our Lord:

12 By whom we come near to God without fear through faith in him.

13 For this reason it is my prayer that you may not become feeble because of my troubles for you, which are your glory.

14 For this cause I go down on my knees before the Father,

15 From whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,

16 That in the wealth of his glory he would make you strong with power through his Spirit in your hearts;

17 So that Christ may have his place in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and based in love,

18 May have strength to see with all the saints how wide and long and high and deep it is,

19 And to have knowledge of the love of Christ which is outside all knowledge, so that you may be made complete as God himself is complete.

20 Now to him who is able to do in full measure more than all our desires or thoughts, through the power which is working in us,

21 To him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations for ever and ever. So be it.

Darby

Ephesians 1

1 Paul, apostle of Jesus Christ by God's will, to the saints and faithful in Christ Jesus who are at Ephesus.

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and [the] Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ;

4 according as he has chosen us in him before [the] world's foundation, that we should be holy and blameless before him in love;

5 having marked us out beforehand for adoption through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 to [the] praise of [the] glory of his grace, wherein he has taken us into favour in the Beloved:

7 in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of offences, according to the riches of his grace;

8 which he has caused to abound towards us in all wisdom and intelligence,

9 having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in himself

10 for [the] administration of the fulness of times; to head up all things in the Christ, the things in the heavens and the things upon the earth; in him,

11 in whom we have also obtained an inheritance, being marked out beforehand according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his own will,

12 that we should be to [the] praise of his glory who have pre-trusted in the Christ:

13 in whom *ye* also [have trusted], having heard the word of the truth, the glad tidings of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, ye have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

14 who is [the] earnest of our inheritance to the redemption of the acquired possession to [the] praise of his glory.

15 Wherefore *I* also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which [is] in you, and the love which [ye have] towards all the saints,

16 do not cease giving thanks for you, making mention [of you] at my prayers,

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, would give you [the] spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of him,

18 being enlightened in the eyes of your heart, so that ye should know what is the hope of his calling, [and] what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19 and what the surpassing greatness of his power towards us who believe, according to the working of the might of his strength,

20 [in] which he wrought in the Christ [in] raising him from among [the] dead, and he set him down at his right hand in the heavenlies,

21 above every principality, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name named, not only in this age, but also in that to come;

22 and has put all things under his feet, and gave him [to be] head over all things to the assembly,

23 which is his body, the fulness of him who fills all in all:

Ephesians 2

1 and *you*, being dead in your offences and sins --

2 in which ye once walked according to the age of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience:

3 among whom *we* also all once had our conversation in the lusts of our flesh, doing what the flesh and the thoughts willed to do, and were children, by nature, of wrath, even as the rest:

4 but God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love wherewith he loved us,

5 (we too being dead in offences,) has quickened us with the Christ, (ye are saved by grace,)

6 and has raised [us] up together, and has made [us] sit down together in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus,

7 that he might display in the coming ages the surpassing riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.

8 For ye are saved by grace, through faith; and this not of yourselves; it is God's gift:

9 not on the principle of works, that no one might boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has before prepared that we should walk in them.

11 Wherefore remember that *ye*, once nations in [the] flesh, who [are] called uncircumcision by that called circumcision in [the] flesh done with the hand;

12 that ye were at that time without Christ, aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

13 but now in Christ Jesus *ye* who once were afar off are become nigh by the blood of the Christ.

14 For *he* is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of enclosure,

15 having annulled the enmity in his flesh, the law of commandments in ordinances, that he might form the two in himself into one new man, making peace;

16 and might reconcile both in one body to God by the cross, having by it slain the enmity;

17 and, coming, he has preached the glad tidings of peace to you who [were] afar off, and [the glad tidings of] peace to those [who were] nigh.

18 For through him we have both access by one Spirit to the Father.

19 So then ye are no longer strangers and foreigners, but ye are fellow-citizens of the saints, and of the household of God,

20 being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the corner-stone,

21 in whom all [the] building fitted together increases to a holy temple in the Lord;

22 in whom *ye* also are built together for a habitation of God in [the] Spirit.

Ephesians 3

1 For this reason *I* Paul, prisoner of the Christ Jesus for you nations,

2 (if indeed ye have heard of the administration of the grace of God which has been given to me towards you,

3 that by revelation the mystery has been made known to me, (according as I have written before briefly,

4 by which, in reading it, ye can understand my intelligence in the mystery of the Christ,)

5 which in other generations has not been made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets in [the power of the] Spirit,

6 that [they who are of] the nations should be joint heirs, and a joint body, and joint partakers of [his] promise in Christ Jesus by the glad tidings;

7 of which I am become minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me, according to the working of his power.

8 To me, less than the least of all saints, has this grace been given, to announce among the nations the glad tidings of the unsearchable riches of the Christ,

9 and to enlighten all [with the knowledge of] what is the administration of the mystery hidden throughout the ages in God, who has created all things,

10 in order that now to the principalities and authorities in the heavenlies might be made known through the assembly the all-various wisdom of God,

11 according to [the] purpose of the ages, which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord,

12 in whom we have boldness and access in confidence by the faith of him.

13 Wherefore I beseech [you] not to faint through my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father [of our Lord Jesus Christ],

15 of whom every family in [the] heavens and on earth is named,

16 in order that he may give you according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power by his Spirit in the inner man;

17 that the Christ may dwell, through faith, in your hearts, being rooted and founded in love,

18 in order that ye may be fully able to apprehend with all the saints what [is] the breadth and length and depth and height;

19 and to know the love of the Christ which surpasses knowledge; that ye may be filled [even] to all the fulness of God.

20 But to him that is able to do far exceedingly above all which we ask or think, according to the power which works in us,

21 to him be glory in the assembly in Christ Jesus unto all generations of the age of ages. Amen).

King James Version

Ephesians 1

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:

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

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:

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:

5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

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

8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all 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:

10 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:

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:

12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

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,

14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto 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,

16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of 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:

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,

19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty 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,

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:

22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Ephesians 2

1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

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:

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.

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

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

6 And hath 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.

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

9 Not of works, lest any man should 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.

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;

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:

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh 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;

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;

16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

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

18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens 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;

21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Ephesians 3

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

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

3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,

4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery 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;

6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of 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.

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;

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:

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,

11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

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

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

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

15 Of 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;

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, 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;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness 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,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Latin Vulgate

Ephesians 1

1 Paulus apostolus Christi Iesu per voluntatem Dei sanctis omnibus qui sunt Ephesi et fidelibus in Christo Iesu

2 gratia vobis et pax a Deo Patre nostro et Domino Iesu Christo

3 benedictus Deus et Pater Domini nostri Iesu Christi qui benedixit nos in omni benedictione spiritali in caelestibus in Christo

4 sicut elegit nos in ipso ante mundi constitutionem ut essemus sancti et inmaculati in conspectu eius in caritate

5 qui praedestinavit nos in adoptionem filiorum per Iesum Christum in ipsum secundum propositum voluntatis suae

6 in laudem gloriae gratiae suae in qua gratificavit nos in dilecto

7 in quo habemus redemptionem per sanguinem eius remissionem peccatorum secundum divitias gratiae eius

8 quae superabundavit in nobis in omni sapientia et prudentia

9 ut notum faceret nobis sacramentum voluntatis suae secundum bonum placitum eius quod proposuit in eo

10 in dispensationem plenitudinis temporum instaurare omnia in Christo quae in caelis et quae in terra sunt in ipso

11 in quo etiam sorte vocati sumus praedestinati secundum propositum eius qui omnia operatur secundum consilium voluntatis suae

12 ut simus in laudem gloriae eius qui ante speravimus in Christo

13 in quo et vos cum audissetis verbum veritatis evangelium salutis vestrae in quo et credentes signati estis Spiritu promissionis Sancto

14 qui est pignus hereditatis nostrae in redemptionem adquisitionis in laudem gloriae ipsius

15 propterea et ego audiens fidem vestram quae est in Domino Iesu et dilectionem in omnes sanctos

16 non cesso gratias agens pro vobis memoriam vestri faciens in orationibus meis

17 ut Deus Domini nostri Iesu Christi Pater gloriae det vobis spiritum sapientiae et revelationis in agnitione eius

18 inluminatos oculos cordis vestri ut sciatis quae sit spes vocationis eius quae divitiae gloriae hereditatis eius in sanctis

19 et quae sit supereminens magnitudo virtutis eius in nos qui credidimus secundum operationem potentiae virtutis eius

20 quam operatus est in Christo suscitans illum a mortuis et constituens ad dexteram suam in caelestibus

21 supra omnem principatum et potestatem et virtutem et dominationem et omne nomen quod nominatur non solum in hoc saeculo sed et in futuro

22 et omnia subiecit sub pedibus eius et ipsum dedit caput supra omnia ecclesiae

23 quae est corpus ipsius plenitudo eius qui omnia in omnibus adimpletur

Ephesians 2

1 et vos cum essetis mortui delictis et peccatis vestris

2 in quibus aliquando ambulastis secundum saeculum mundi huius secundum principem potestatis aeris huius spiritus qui nunc operatur in filios diffidentiae

3 in quibus et nos omnes aliquando conversati sumus in desideriis carnis nostrae facientes voluntates carnis et cogitationum et eramus natura filii irae sicut et ceteri

4 Deus autem qui dives est in misericordia propter nimiam caritatem suam qua dilexit nos

5 et cum essemus mortui peccatis convivificavit nos Christo gratia estis salvati

6 et conresuscitavit et consedere fecit in caelestibus in Christo Iesu

7 ut ostenderet in saeculis supervenientibus abundantes divitias gratiae suae in bonitate super nos in Christo Iesu

8 gratia enim estis salvati per fidem et hoc non ex vobis Dei enim donum est

9 non ex operibus ut ne quis glorietur

10 ipsius enim sumus factura creati in Christo Iesu in operibus bonis quae praeparavit Deus ut in illis ambulemus

11 propter quod memores estote quod aliquando vos gentes in carne qui dicimini praeputium ab ea quae dicitur circumcisio in carne manufacta

12 quia eratis illo in tempore sine Christo alienati a conversatione Israhel et hospites testamentorum promissionis spem non habentes et sine Deo in mundo

13 nunc autem in Christo Iesu vos qui aliquando eratis longe facti estis prope in sanguine Christi

14 ipse est enim pax nostra qui fecit utraque unum et medium parietem maceriae solvens inimicitiam in carne sua

15 legem mandatorum decretis evacuans ut duos condat in semet ipsum in unum novum hominem faciens pacem

16 et reconciliet ambos in uno corpore Deo per crucem interficiens inimicitiam in semet ipso

17 et veniens evangelizavit pacem vobis qui longe fuistis et pacem his qui prope

18 quoniam per ipsum habemus accessum ambo in uno Spiritu ad Patrem

19 ergo iam non estis hospites et advenae sed estis cives sanctorum et domestici Dei

20 superaedificati super fundamentum apostolorum et prophetarum ipso summo angulari lapide Christo Iesu

21 in quo omnis aedificatio constructa crescit in templum sanctum in Domino

22 in quo et vos coaedificamini in habitaculum Dei in Spiritu

Ephesians 3

1 huius rei gratia ego Paulus vinctus Christi Iesu pro vobis gentibus

2 si tamen audistis dispensationem gratiae Dei quae data est mihi in vobis

3 quoniam secundum revelationem notum mihi factum est sacramentum sicut supra scripsi in brevi

4 prout potestis legentes intellegere prudentiam meam in mysterio Christi

5 quod aliis generationibus non est agnitum filiis hominum sicuti nunc revelatum est sanctis apostolis eius et prophetis in Spiritu

6 esse gentes coheredes et concorporales et conparticipes promissionis in Christo Iesu per evangelium

7 cuius factus sum minister secundum donum gratiae Dei quae data est mihi secundum operationem virtutis eius

8 mihi omnium sanctorum minimo data est gratia haec in gentibus evangelizare ininvestigabiles divitias Christi

9 et inluminare omnes quae sit dispensatio sacramenti absconditi a saeculis in Deo qui omnia creavit

10 ut innotescat principibus et potestatibus in caelestibus per ecclesiam multiformis sapientia Dei

11 secundum praefinitionem saeculorum quam fecit in Christo Iesu Domino nostro

12 in quo habemus fiduciam et accessum in confidentia per fidem eius

13 propter quod peto ne deficiatis in tribulationibus meis pro vobis quae est gloria vestra

14 huius rei gratia flecto genua mea ad Patrem Domini nostri Iesu Christi

15 ex quo omnis paternitas in caelis et in terra nominatur

16 ut det vobis secundum divitias gloriae suae virtute corroborari per Spiritum eius in interiore homine

17 habitare Christum per fidem in cordibus vestris in caritate radicati et fundati

18 ut possitis conprehendere cum omnibus sanctis quae sit latitudo et longitudo et sublimitas et profundum

19 scire etiam supereminentem scientiae caritatem Christi ut impleamini in omnem plenitudinem Dei

20 ei autem qui potens est omnia facere superabundanter quam petimus aut intellegimus secundum virtutem quae operatur in nobis

21 ipsi gloria in ecclesia et in Christo Iesu in omnes generationes saeculi saeculorum amen

Moffatt NT

Ephesians 1

1 Paul, by the will of God an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the saints "who are faithful in Jesus Christ:

2 grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who in Christ has blessed us with every spiritual blessing!

4 He chose us in him ere the world was founded, to be consecrated and unblemished in his sight,

5 destining us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ. Such was the purpose of his will,

6 redounding to the praise of his glorious grace bestowed on us in the Beloved,

7 in whom we enjoy our redemption, the forgiveness of our trespasses, by the blood he shed.

8 So richly has God lavished his grace upon us!

9 He has granted us complete insight and understanding of the open secret of his will, showing us how it was the purpose of his design

10 so to order it in the fullness of the ages that all things in heaven and earth alike should be gathered up in Christ --

11 in the Christ in whom we have had our heritage allotted us (as was decreed in the design of him who carries out everything according to the counsel of his will),

12 to make us redound to the praise of his glory by being the first to put our hope in Christ.

13 You also have heard the message of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, and in him you also by your faith have been stamped with the seal of the long-promised holy Spirit

14 which is the pledge and installment of our common heritage, that we may obtain our divine possession and so redound to the praise of his glory.

15 Hence, as I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,

16 I never cease to give thanks for you, when I mention you in my prayers.

17 May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, grant you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation for the knowledge of himself,

18 illuminating the eyes of your heart so that you can understand the hope to which He calls us, the wealth of his glorious heritage in the saints,

19 and the surpassing greatness of his power over us believers -- a power which operates with the strength of the

20 might which he exerted in raising Christ from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavenly sphere,

21 above all the angelic Rulers, Authorities, Powers, and Lords, above every Name that is to be named not only in this age but in the age to come --

22 he has put everything under his feet and set him as head over everything for the church,

23 the church which is his Body, filled by him who fills the universe entirely.

Ephesians 2

1 And as with us so with you. You were dead in the trespasses and sins

2 in which you moved as you followed the course of this world, under the sway of the prince of the air -- the spirit which is at present active within those sons of disobedience among whom all of us lived,

3 we as well as you, when we obeyed the passions of our flesh, carrying out the dictates of the flesh and its impulses, when we were objects of God's anger by nature, like the rest of men.

4 But, dead in trespasses as we were, God was so rich in mercy that

5 for his great love to us he made us live together with Christ (it is by grace you have been saved);

6 together with Christ he raised and seated us within the heavenly sphere in Christ Jesus,

7 to display throughout ages to come his surpassing wealth of grace and goodness toward us in Christ Jesus.

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, as you had faith; it is not your doing but God's gift,

9 not the outcome of what you have done -- lest anyone should pride himself on that;

10 God has made us what we are, creating us in Christ Jesus for the good deeds which are prepared beforehand by God as our sphere of action.

11 Remember, then, that once upon a time you Gentiles in the flesh, who are called 'the Uncircumcision' by that so-called 'Circumcision' which is itself the product of human hands in the flesh --

12 remember you were in those days outside Christ, aliens to the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of the Promise, devoid of hope and God within the world.

13 Whereas now, within Christ Jesus, you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace, he who has made both of us a unity and destroyed the barrier which kept us apart;

15 in his own flesh he put an end to the feud of the Law with its code of commands, so as to make peace by the creation of a new Man in himself out of both parties,

16 so as himself to give the death-blow to that feud by reconciling them both to God in one Body through the cross;

17 he came with a gospel of peace for those far away (that is, for you) and for those who were near,

18 for it is through him that we both enjoy our access to the Father in one Spirit.

19 Thus you are strangers and foreigners no longer, you share the membership of the saints, you belong to God's own household,

20 you are a building that rests on the apostles and prophets as its foundation, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone;

21 in him the whole structure is welded together and rises into a sacred temple in the Lord, and in him you are yourselves built into this to form a habitation for God in the Spirit.

Ephesians 3

1 For this reason I Paul, I whom Jesus has made a prisoner for the sake of you Gentiles --

2 for surely you have heard how the grace of God which was vouchsafed me in your interests has ordered it,

3 how the divine secret was disclosed to me by a revelation (if you read what I have already written briefly about this,

4 you can understand my insight into that secret of Christ

5 which was not disclosed to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his sacred apostles and prophets by the Spirit),

6 namely, that in Christ Jesus the Gentiles are co-heirs, companions, and co-partners in the Promise.

7 Such is the gospel which I was called to serve by the endowment of God's grace which was vouchsafed me, by the energy of his power;

8 less than the least of all saints as I am, this grace was vouchsafed me, that I should bring the Gentiles the gospel of the fathomless wealth of Christ

9 and enlighten all men upon the new order of that divine secret which God the Creator of all concealed from eternity --

10 intending to let the full sweep of the divine wisdom be disclosed now by the church to the angelic Rulers and Authorities in the heavenly sphere,

11 in terms of the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,

12 through whom, as we have faith in him, we enjoy our confidence of free access.

13 So I beg of you not to lose heart over what I am suffering on your behalf; my sufferings are an honor to you.

14 For this reason, then, I kneel before the Father

15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name and nature,

16 praying Him out of the wealth of his glory to grant you a mighty increase of strength by his Spirit in the inner man.

17 May Christ dwell in your hearts as you have faith!

18 May you be so fixed and founded in love that you can grasp with all the saints what is the meaning of 'the Breadth,' 'the Length,' 'the Depth,' and 'the Height,'

19 by knowing the love of Christ which surpasses all knowledge! May you be filled with the entire fullness of God!

20 Now to him who by the action of his power within us can do all things, aye far more than we ever ask or imagine,

21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations for ever and ever: Amen.

NASB 1977

Ephesians 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and {who are} faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed {be} the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly {places} in Christ,

4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love

5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,

6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace,

8 which He lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight

9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him

10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fulness of the times, {that is}, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth. In Him

11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,

12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation--having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,

14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of {God's own} possession, to the praise of His glory.

15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which {exists} among you, and your love for all the saints,

16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention {of you} in my prayers;

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

18 {I pray that} the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. {These are} in accordance with the working of the strength of His might

20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly {places},

21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.

22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,

23 which is His body, the fulness of Him who fills all in all.

Ephesians 2

1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,

2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly {places}, in Christ Jesus,

7 in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, {it is} the gift of God;

9 not as a result of works, that no one should boast.

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

11 Therefore remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcision" by the so-called "Circumcision," {which is} performed in the flesh by human hands--

12 {remember} that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both {groups into} one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,

15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, {which is} the Law of commandments {contained} in ordinances, that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, {thus} establishing peace,

16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.

17 AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR;

18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household,

20 having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner {stone},

21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;

22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

Ephesians 3

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--

2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace which was given to me for you;

3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.

4 And by referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,

5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;

6 {to be specific}, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,

7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God's grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.

8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,

9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things;

10 in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly {places.}

11 {This was} in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,

12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.

13 Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.

14 For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father,

15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,

16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man;

17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; {and} that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

21 to Him {be} the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

NASB 1995

Ephesians 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are at Ephesus and {who are} faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed {be} the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly {places} in Christ,

4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love

5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,

6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight

9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him

10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, {that is,} the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him

11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,

12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.

13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation--having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,

14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of {God's own} possession, to the praise of His glory.

15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which {exists} among you and your love for all the saints,

16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention {of you} in my prayers;

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

18 {I pray that} the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. {These are} in accordance with the working of the strength of His might

20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly {places,}

21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,

23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Ephesians 2

1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,

2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly {places} in Christ Jesus,

7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, {it is} the gift of God;

9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

11 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcision" by the so-called "Circumcision," {which is} performed in the flesh by human hands--

12 {remember} that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both {groups into} one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,

15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, {which is} the Law of commandments {contained} in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, {thus} establishing peace,

16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.

17 AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR;

18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household,

20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner {stone,}

21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,

22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

Ephesians 3

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--

2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace which was given to me for you;

3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.

4 By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,

5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;

6 {to be specific,} that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,

7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God's grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.

8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,

9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things;

10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly {places.}

11 {This was} in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,

12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.

13 Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,

15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,

16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,

17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; {and} that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

21 to Him {be} the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

NET Bible

Ephesians 1

1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints [in Ephesus], the faithful in Christ Jesus.

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

3 Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ.

4 For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love.

5 He did this by predestining us to adoption as his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of his will –

6 to the praise of the glory of his grace that he has freely bestowed on us in his dearly loved Son.

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

8 that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight.

9 He did this when he revealed to us the secret of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ,

10 toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth.

11 In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will

12 so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of his glory.

13 And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ – you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit,

14 who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of his glory.

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,

16 I do not cease to give thanks for you when I remember you in my prayers.

17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of him,

18 – since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened – so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

19 and what is the incomparable greatness of his power toward us who believe, as displayed in the exercise of his immense strength.

20 This power he exercised in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms

21 far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

22 And God put all things under Christ’s feet, and he gave him to the church as head over all things.

23 Now the church is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Ephesians 2

1 And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins,

2 in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience,

3 among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest…

4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us,

5 even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! –

6 and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

7 to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God;

9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.

11 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh – who are called “uncircumcision” by the so-called “circumcision” that is performed on the body by human hands –

12 that you were at that time without the Messiah, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace, the one who made both groups into one and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility,

15 when he nullified in his flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in himself one new man out of two, thus making peace,

16 and to reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed.

17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near,

18 so that through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

19 So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household,

20 because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.

21 In him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,

22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Ephesians 3

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles –

2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you,

3 that by revelation the divine secret was made known to me, as I wrote before briefly.

4 When reading this, you will be able to understand my insight into this secret of Christ.

5 Now this secret was not disclosed to people in former generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit,

6 namely, that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus.

7 I became a servant of this gospel according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the exercise of his power.

8 To me – less than the least of all the saints – this grace was given, to proclaim to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ

9 and to enlighten everyone about God’s secret plan – a secret that has been hidden for ages in God who has created all things.

10 The purpose of this enlightenment is that through the church the multifaceted wisdom of God should now be disclosed to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly realms.

11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,

12 in whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ’s faithfulness.

13 For this reason I ask you not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father,

15 from whom every family in heaven and on the earth is named.

16 I pray that according to the wealth of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person,

17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love,

18 you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

19 and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think,

21 to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

New International Version

Ephesians 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will--

6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace

8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,

10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment--to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory.

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,

16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,

20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,

21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,

23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Ephesians 2

1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,

2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.

4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,

5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved.

6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--

9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "the circumcision" (that done in the body by the hands of men)--

12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,

15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace,

16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household,

20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.

22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Ephesians 3

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--

2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you,

3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.

4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,

5 which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets.

6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power.

8 Although I am less than the least of all God's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.

10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,

11 according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father,

15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,

18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Revised Standard Version

Ephesians 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are also faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.

5 He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

6 to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

8 which he lavished upon us.

9 For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ

10 as a plan for the fulness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him, according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will,

12 we who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of his glory.

13 In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,

14 which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints,

16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,

18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe, according to the working of his great might

20 which he accomplished in Christ when he raised him from the dead and made him sit at his right hand in the heavenly places,

21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come;

22 and he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church,

23 which is his body, the fulness of him who fills all in all.

Ephesians 2

1 And you he made alive, when you were dead through the trespasses and sins

2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.

3 Among these we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of body and mind, and so we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us,

5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

6 and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

7 that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God--

9 not because of works, lest any man should boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called the uncircumcision by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands--

12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near in the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility,

15 by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,

16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end.

17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near;

18 for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

19 So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,

21 in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord;

22 in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Ephesians 3

1 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles--

2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you,

3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly.

4 When you read this you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ,

5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

6 that is, how the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace which was given me by the working of his power.

8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

9 and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things;

10 that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.

11 This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,

12 in whom we have boldness and confidence of access through our faith in him.

13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,

15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,

16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man,

17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fulness of God.

20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,

21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

Spanish LBLA

Ephesians 1

1 Pablo, apóstol de Cristo Jesús por la voluntad de Dios: A los santos que están en Efeso y {que son} fieles en Cristo Jesús:

2 Gracia a vosotros y paz de parte de Dios nuestro Padre y del Señor Jesucristo.

3 Bendito {sea} el Dios y Padre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que nos ha bendecido con toda bendición espiritual en los {lugares} celestiales en Cristo,

4 según nos escogió en El antes de la fundación del mundo, para que fuéramos santos y sin mancha delante de El. En amor

5 nos predestinó para adopción como hijos para sí mediante Jesucristo, conforme al beneplácito de su voluntad,

6 para alabanza de la gloria de su gracia que gratuitamente ha impartido sobre nosotros en el Amado.

7 En El tenemos redención mediante su sangre, el perdón de nuestros pecados según las riquezas de su gracia

8 que ha hecho abundar para con nosotros. En toda sabiduría y discernimiento

9 nos dio a conocer el misterio de su voluntad, según el beneplácito que se propuso en El,

10 con miras a una {buena} administración en el cumplimiento de los tiempos, {es decir,} de reunir todas las cosas en Cristo, {tanto} las {que están} en los cielos, {como} las {que están} en la tierra. En El

11 también hemos obtenido herencia, habiendo sido predestinados según el propósito de aquel que obra todas las cosas conforme al consejo de su voluntad,

12 a fin de que nosotros, que fuimos los primeros en esperar en Cristo, seamos para alabanza de su gloria.

13 En El también vosotros, después de escuchar el mensaje de la verdad, el evangelio de vuestra salvación, y habiendo creído, fuisteis sellados en El con el Espíritu Santo de la promesa,

14 que nos es dado como garantía de nuestra herencia, con miras a la redención de la posesión {adquirida de Dios}, para alabanza de su gloria.

15 Por esta razón también yo, habiendo oído de la fe en el Señor Jesús que {hay} entre vosotros, y {de} vuestro amor por todos los santos,

16 no ceso de dar gracias por vosotros, haciendo mención {de vosotros} en mis oraciones;

17 {pidiendo} que el Dios de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, el Padre de gloria, os dé espíritu de sabiduría y de revelación en un mejor conocimiento de El.

18 {Mi oración es que} los ojos de vuestro corazón sean iluminados, para que sepáis cuál es la esperanza de su llamamiento, cuáles son las riquezas de la gloria de su herencia en los santos,

19 y cuál es la extraordinaria grandeza de su poder para con nosotros los que creemos, conforme a la eficacia de la fuerza de su poder,

20 el cual obró en Cristo cuando le resucitó de entre los muertos y le sentó a su diestra en los {lugares} celestiales,

21 muy por encima de todo principado, autoridad, poder, dominio y de todo nombre que se nombra, no sólo en este siglo sino también en el venidero.

22 Y todo sometió bajo sus pies, y a El lo dio por cabeza sobre todas las cosas a la iglesia,

23 la cual es su cuerpo, la plenitud de aquel que lo llena todo en todo.

Ephesians 2

1 Y {El os dio vida} a vosotros, que estabais muertos en vuestros delitos y pecados,

2 en los cuales anduvisteis en otro tiempo según la corriente de este mundo, conforme al príncipe de la potestad del aire, el espíritu que ahora opera en los hijos de desobediencia,

3 entre los cuales también todos nosotros en otro tiempo vivíamos en las pasiones de nuestra carne, satisfaciendo los deseos de la carne y de la mente, y éramos por naturaleza hijos de ira, lo mismo que los demás.

4 Pero Dios, que es rico en misericordia, por causa del gran amor con que nos amó,

5 aun cuando estábamos muertos en {nuestros} delitos, nos dio vida juntamente con Cristo (por gracia habéis sido salvados),

6 y con El {nos} resucitó, y con El {nos} sentó en los {lugares} celestiales en Cristo Jesús,

7 a fin de poder mostrar en los siglos venideros las sobreabundantes riquezas de su gracia por {su} bondad para con nosotros en Cristo Jesús.

8 Porque por gracia habéis sido salvados por medio de la fe, y esto no de vosotros, {sino que es} don de Dios;

9 no por obras, para que nadie se gloríe.

10 Porque somos hechura suya, creados en Cristo Jesús para {hacer} buenas obras, las cuales Dios preparó de antemano para que anduviéramos en ellas.

11 Recordad, pues, que en otro tiempo vosotros los gentiles en la carne, llamados incircuncisión por la tal llamada circuncisión, hecha por manos en la carne,

12 {recordad} que en ese tiempo estabais separados de Cristo, excluidos de la ciudadanía de Israel, extraños a los pactos de la promesa, sin tener esperanza, y sin Dios en el mundo.

13 Pero ahora en Cristo Jesús, vosotros, que en otro tiempo estabais lejos, habéis sido acercados por la sangre de Cristo.

14 Porque El mismo es nuestra paz, quien de ambos {pueblos} hizo uno, derribando la pared intermedia de separación,

15 aboliendo en su carne la enemistad, la ley de {los} mandamientos {expresados} en ordenanzas, para crear en sí mismo de los dos un nuevo hombre, estableciendo {así} la paz,

16 y para reconciliar con Dios a los dos en un cuerpo por medio de la cruz, habiendo dado muerte en ella a la enemistad.

17 Y VINO Y ANUNCIO PAZ A VOSOTROS QUE ESTABAIS LEJOS, Y PAZ A LOS QUE ESTABAN CERCA;

18 porque por medio de El los unos y los otros tenemos nuestra entrada al Padre en un mismo Espíritu.

19 Así pues, ya no sois extraños ni extranjeros, sino que sois conciudadanos de los santos y sois de la familia de Dios,

20 edificados sobre el fundamento de los apóstoles y profetas, siendo Cristo Jesús mismo la {piedra} angular,

21 en quien todo el edificio, bien ajustado, va creciendo para {ser} un templo santo en el Señor,

22 en quien también vosotros sois juntamente edificados para morada de Dios en el Espíritu.

Ephesians 3

1 Por esta causa yo, Pablo, prisionero de Cristo Jesús por amor de vosotros los gentiles

2 (si en verdad habéis oído de la dispensación de la gracia de Dios que me fue dada para vosotros;

3 que por revelación me fue dado a conocer el misterio, tal como antes os escribí brevemente.

4 En vista de lo cual, leyendo, podréis comprender mi discernimiento del misterio de Cristo,

5 que en otras generaciones no se dio a conocer a los hijos de los hombres, como ahora ha sido revelado a sus santos apóstoles y profetas por el Espíritu;

6 {a saber,} que los gentiles son coherederos y miembros del mismo cuerpo, participando igualmente de la promesa en Cristo Jesús mediante el evangelio,

7 del cual fui hecho ministro, conforme al don de la gracia de Dios que se me ha concedido según la eficacia de su poder.

8 A mí, que soy menos que el más pequeño de todos los santos, se me concedió esta gracia: anunciar a los gentiles las inescrutables riquezas de Cristo,

9 y sacar a luz cuál es la dispensación del misterio que por los siglos ha estado oculto en Dios, creador de todas las cosas;

10 a fin de que la infinita [O, {multiforme}] sabiduría de Dios sea ahora dada a conocer por medio de la iglesia a los principados y potestades en las {regiones} celestiales,

11 conforme al propósito eterno que llevó a cabo en Cristo Jesús nuestro Señor,

12 en quien tenemos libertad y acceso {a Dios} con confianza por medio de la fe en El.

13 Ruego, por tanto, que no desmayéis a causa de mis tribulaciones por vosotros, porque son vuestra gloria).

14 Por esta causa, {pues,} doblo mis rodillas ante el Padre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo,

15 de quien recibe nombre toda familia en el cielo y en la tierra,

16 que os conceda, conforme a las riquezas de su gloria, ser fortalecidos con poder por su Espíritu en el hombre interior;

17 de manera que Cristo more por la fe en vuestros corazones; {y} que arraigados y cimentados en amor,

18 seáis capaces de comprender con todos los santos cuál es la anchura, la longitud, la altura y la profundidad,

19 y de conocer el amor de Cristo que sobrepasa el conocimiento, para que seáis llenos hasta {la medida de} toda la plenitud de Dios.

20 Y a aquel que es poderoso para hacer todo mucho más abundantemente de lo que pedimos o entendemos, según el poder que obra en nosotros,

21 a El {sea} la gloria en la iglesia y en Cristo Jesús por todas las generaciones, por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

Transliterated Greek NT

Ephesians 1

1 Paulos apostolos Christou Ieesou dia theleematos Theou. Tois hagiois tois ousin en Efesoo (*) kai pistois en Christoo Ieesou,

2 charis humin kai eireenee apo Theou Patros heemoon kai Kuriou Ieesou Christou.

3 Eulogeetos ho Theos kai Pateer tou Kuriou heemoon Ieesou Christou, ho eulogeesas heemas en pasee eulogia pneumatikee en tois epouraniois en Christoo,

4 kathoos exelexato heemas en autoo pro katabolees kosmou einai heemas hagious kai amoomous katenoopion autou. En agapee

5 proorisas heemas eis huiothesian dia Ieesou Christou eis auton, kata teen eudokian tou theleematos autou,

6 eis epainon doxees tees charitos autou hees echaritoosen heemas en too eegapeemenoo,

7 en hoo echomen teen apolutroosin dia tou haimatos autou, teen afesin toon paraptoomatoon, kata to ploutos tees charitos autou

8 hees eperisseusen eis heemas, en pasee sofia kai froneesei,

9 gnoorisas heemin to musteerion tou theleematos autou, kata teen eudokian autou heen proetheto en autoo

10 eis oikonomian tou pleeroomatos toon kairoon, anakefalaioosasthai ta panta en too Christoo, ta epi tois ouranois kai ta epi tees gees en autoo.

11 En hoo kai ekleerootheemen prooristhentes kata prothesin tou ta panta energountos kata teen bouleen tou theleematos autou,

12 eis to einai heemas eis epainon doxees autou tous proeelpikotas en too Christoo.

13 En hoo kai humeis akousantes ton logon tees aleetheias, to euangelion tees sooteerias humoon, en hoo kai pisteusantes esfragistheete too Pneumati tees epangelias too Hagioo,

14 ho-estin arraboon tees kleeronomias heemoon, eis apolutroosin tees peripoieeseoos, eis epainon tees doxees autou.

15 Dia touto kagoo akousas teen kath humas pistin en too Kurioo Ieesou kai teen agapeen teen eis pantas tous hagious,

16 ou pauomai eucharistoon huper humoon mneian (*) poioumenos epi toon proseuchoon mou,

17 hina ho Theos tou Kuriou heemoon Ieesou Christou, ho Pateer tees doxees, dooee humin pneuma sofias kai apokalupseoos en epignoosei autou,

18 pefootismenous tous ofthalmous tees kardias (*) humoon eis to eidenai humas tis estin hee elpis tees kleeseoos autou, tis ho ploutos tees doxees tees kleeronomias autou en tois hagiois,

19 kai ti to huperballon megethos tees dunameoos autou eis heemas tous pisteuontas kata teen energeian tou kratous tees ischuos autou,

20 heen eneergeesen en too Christoo egeiras auton ek nekroon kai kathisas en dexia autou en tois epouraniois

21 huperanoo pasees archees kai exousias kai dunameoos kai kurioteetos kai pantos onomatos onomazomenou, ou monon en too aiooni toutoo alla kai en too mellonti.

22 Kai panta hupetaxen hupo tous podas autou kai auton edooken kefaleen huper panta tee ekkleesia,

23 heetis estin to sooma autou, to pleerooma tou ta panta en pasin pleeroumenou.

Ephesians 2

1 Kai humas ontas nekrous tois paraptoomasin kai tais hamartiais humoon (*),

2 en hais pote periepateesate kata ton aioona tou kosmou toutou, kata ton archonta tees exousias tou aeros, tou pneumatos tou nun energountos en tois huiois tees apeitheias,

3 en hois kai heemeis pantes anestrafeemen pote en tais epithumiais tees sarkos heemoon poiountes ta theleemata tees sarkos kai toon dianoioon, kai eemetha tekna fusei orgees hoos kai hoi loipoi.

4 Ho de Theos plousios oon en eleei, dia teen polleen agapeen autou heen eegapeesen heemas,

5 kai ontas heemas nekrous tois paraptoomasin sunezooopoieesen too Christoo -- chariti este sesoosmenoi --

6 kai suneegeiren kai sunekathisen en tois epouraniois en Christoo Ieesou,

7 hina endeixeetai en tois aioosin tois eperchomenois to huperballon ploutos tees charitos autou en chreestoteeti ef heemas en Christoo Ieesou.

8 Tee gar chariti este sesoosmenoi dia pisteoos, kai touto ouk ex humoon, Theou to dooron,

9 ouk ex ergoon, hina-mee tis kaucheeseetai.

10 Autou gar esmen poieema, ktisthentes en Christoo Ieesou epi ergois agathois hois proeetoimasen ho Theos, hina en autois peripateesoomen.

11 Dio mneemoneuete hoti pote humeis ta ethnee en sarki (hoi legomenoi "akrobustia" hupo tees legomenees "peritomees" en sarki cheiropoieetou)

12 hoti eete too kairoo ekeinoo chooris Christou, apeellotrioomenoi tees politeias tou Israeel kai xenoi toon diatheekoon tees epangelias, elpida mee echontes kai atheoi en too kosmoo.

13 Nuni de en Christoo Ieesou humeis hoi pote ontes makran egeneetheete engus en too haimati tou Christou.

14 Autos gar estin hee eireenee heemoon, ho poieesas ta amfotera hen kai to mesotoichon tou fragmou lusas,

15 teen echthran en tee sarki autou, ton nomon toon entoloon en dogmasin katargeesas, hina tous duo ktisee en autoo eis hena kainon anthroopon poioon eireeneen

16 kai apokatallaxee tous amfoterous en heni soomati too Theoo dia tou staurou, apokteinas teen echthran en autoo.

17 Kai elthoon eueengelisato eireeneen humin tois makran kai eireeneen (*) tois engus,

18 hoti di autou echomen teen prosagoogeen hoi amfoteroi en heni Pneumati pros ton Patera.

19 Ara oun ouketi este xenoi kai paroikoi alla este (*) sumpolitai toon hagioon kai oikeioi tou Theou,

20 epoikodomeethentes epi too themelioo toon apostoloon kai profeetoon, ontos akrogooniaiou autou Christou Ieesou (*),

21 en hoo pasa oikodomee sunarmologoumenee auxei eis naon hagion en Kurioo,

22 en hoo kai humeis sunoikodomeisthe eis katoikeeteerion tou Theou en Pneumati.

Ephesians 3

1 Toutou charin egoo Paulos ho desmios tou Christou Ieesou (*) huper humoon toon ethnoon --

2 ei-ge eekousate teen oikonomian tees charitos tou Theou tees dotheisees moi eis humas,

3 hoti kata apokalupsin egnooristhee moi to musteerion, kathoos proegrapsa en oligoo,

4 pros ho dunasthe anaginooskontes noeesai teen sunesin mou en too musteerioo tou Christou,

5 ho heterais geneais ouk egnooristhee tois huiois toon anthroopoon hoos nun apekalufthee tois hagiois apostolois autou kai profeetais en Pneumati (*),

6 einai ta ethnee sungkleeronoma kai sussooma kai summetocha tees epangelias (*) en Christoo Ieesou (*) dia tou euangeliou,

7 hou egeneetheen diakonos kata teen doorean tees charitos tou Theou tees dotheisees moi kata teen energeian tees dunameoos autou.

8 Emoi too elachistoteroo pantoon hagioon edothee hee charis hautee, tois ethnesin euangelisasthai to anexichniaston ploutos tou Christou

9 kai footisai pantas (*) tis hee oikonomia (*) tou musteeriou tou apokekrummenou apo toon aioonoon en too Theoo too ta panta ktisanti (*),

10 hina gnooristhee nun tais archais kai tais exousiais en tois epouraniois dia tees ekkleesias hee polupoikilos sofia tou Theou,

11 kata prothesin toon aioonoon heen epoieesen en too Christoo Ieesou too Kurioo heemoon,

12 en hoo echomen teen parreesian kai prosagoogeen en pepoitheesei dia tees pisteoos autou.

13 Dio aitoumai mee engkakein en tais thlipsesin mou huper humoon, -- heetis estin doxa humoon.

14 Toutou charin kamptoo ta gonata mou pros ton Patera (*),

15 ex hou pasa patria en ouranois kai epi gees onomazetai,

16 hina doo humin kata to ploutos tees doxees autou dunamei krataiootheenai dia tou Pneumatos autou eis ton esoo anthroopon,

17 katoikeesai ton Christon dia tees pisteoos en tais kardiais humoon, en agapee errizoomenoi kai tethemelioomenoi

18 hina exischuseete katalabesthai sun pasin tois hagiois ti to platos kai meekos kai hupsos kai bathos,

19 gnoonai te teen huperballousan tees gnooseoos agapeen tou Christou, hina pleerootheete eis pan to pleerooma tou Theou.

20 Too de dunamenoo huper panta poieesai huperekperissou hoon aitoumetha ee nooumen kata teen dunamin teen energoumeneen en heemin,

21 autoo hee doxa en tee ekkleesia kai en Christoo Ieesou eis pasas tas geneas tou aioonos toon aioonoon. Ameen.

Weymouth

Ephesians 1

1 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God: To God's people who are in Ephesus -- believers in Christ Jesus.

2 May grace and peace be granted to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has crowned us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ;

4 even as, in His love, He chose us as His own in Christ before the creation of the world, that we might be holy and without blemish in His presence.

5 For He pre-destined us to be adopted by Himself as sons through Jesus Christ -- such being His gracious will and pleasure --

6 to the praise of the splendour of His grace with which He has enriched us in the beloved One.

7 It is in Him, and through the shedding of His blood, that we have our deliverance -- the forgiveness of our offences -- so abundant was God's grace,

8 the grace which He, the possessor of all wisdom and understanding, lavished upon us,

9 when He made known to us the secret of His will. And this is in harmony with God's merciful purpose

10 for the government of the world when the times are ripe for it -- the purpose which He has cherished in His own mind of restoring the whole creation to find its one Head in Christ; yes, things in Heaven and things on earth, to find their one Head in Him.

11 In Him we Jews have been made heirs, having been chosen beforehand in accordance with the intention of Him whose might carries out in everything the design of His own will,

12 so that we should be devoted to the extolling of His glorious attributes -- we who were the first to fix our hopes on Christ.

13 And in Him you Gentiles also, after listening to the Message of the truth, the Good News of your salvation -- having believed in Him -- were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit;

14 that Spirit being a pledge and foretaste of our inheritance, in anticipation of its full redemption -- the inheritance which He has purchased to be specially His for the extolling of His glory.

15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which prevails among you, and of your love for all God's people,

16 offer never ceasing thanks on your behalf while I make mention of you in my prayers.

17 For I always beseech the God of our Lord Jesus Christ -- the Father most glorious -- to give you a spirit of wisdom and penetration through an intimate knowledge of Him,

18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened so that you may know what is the hope which His call to you inspires, what the wealth of the glory of His inheritance in God's people,

19 and what the transcendent greatness of His power in us believers as seen in the working of His infinite might

20 when He displayed it in Christ by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His own right hand in the heavenly realms,

21 high above all other government and authority and power and dominion, and every title of sovereignty used either in this Age or in the Age to come.

22 God has put all things under His feet, and has appointed Him universal and supreme Head of the Church, which is His Body,

23 the completeness of Him who everywhere fills the universe with Himself.

Ephesians 2

1 To you Gentiles also, who were dead through your offences and sins,

2 which were once habitual to you while you walked in the ways of this world and obeyed the Prince of the powers of the air, the spirits that are now at work in the hearts of the sons of disobedience -- to you God has given Life.

3 Among them all of us also formerly passed our lives, governed by the inclinations of our lower natures, indulging the cravings of those natures and of our own thoughts, and were in our original state deserving of anger like all others.

4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the intense love which He bestowed on us,

5 caused us, dead though we were through our offences, to live with Christ -- it is by grace that you have been saved --

6 raised us with Him from the dead, and enthroned us with Him in the heavenly realms as being in Christ Jesus,

7 in order that, by His goodness to us in Christ Jesus, He might display in the Ages to come the transcendent riches of His grace.

8 For it is by grace that you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves. It is God's gift, and is not on the ground of merit --

9 so that it may be impossible for any one to boast.

10 For we are God's own handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works which He has pre-destined us to practise.

11 Therefore, do not forget that formerly you were Gentiles as to your bodily condition. You were called the Uncircumcision by those who style themselves the Circumcised -- their circumcision being one which the knife has effected.

12 At that time you were living apart from Christ, estranged from the Commonwealth of Israel, with no share by birth in the Covenants which are based on the Promises, and you had no hope and no God, in all the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were so far away have been brought near through the death of Christ.

14 For He is our peace -- He who has made Jews and Gentiles one, and in His own human nature has broken down the hostile dividing wall,

15 by setting aside the Law with its commandments, expressed, as they were, in definite decrees. His design was to unite the two sections of humanity in Himself so as to form one new man,

16 thus effecting peace, and to reconcile Jews and Gentiles in one body to God, by means of His cross -- slaying by it their mutual enmity.

17 So He came and proclaimed good news of peace to you who were so far away, and peace to those who were near;

18 because it is through Him that Jews and Gentiles alike have access through one Spirit to the Father.

19 You are therefore no longer mere foreigners or persons excluded from civil rights. On the contrary you share citizenship with God's people and are members of His family.

20 You are a building which has been reared on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, the cornerstone being Christ Jesus Himself,

21 in union with whom the whole fabric, fitted and closely joined together, is growing so as to form a holy sanctuary in the Lord;

22 in whom you also are being built up together to become a fixed abode for God through the Spirit.

Ephesians 3

1 For this reason I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles --

2 if, that is, you have heard of the work which God has graciously entrusted to me for your benefit,

3 and that by a revelation the truth hitherto kept secret was made known to me as I have already briefly explained it to you.

4 By means of that explanation, as you read it, you can judge of my insight into the truth of Christ

5 which in earlier ages was not made known to the human race, as it has now been revealed to His holy Apostles and Prophets through the Spirit --

6 I mean the truth that the Gentiles are joint heirs with us Jews, and that they form one body with us, and have the same interest as we have in the promise which has been made good in Christ Jesus through the Good News,

7 in which I have been appointed to serve, in virtue of the work which God, in the exercise of His power within me, has graciously entrusted to me.

8 To me who am less than the least of all God's people has this work been graciously entrusted -- to proclaim to the Gentiles the Good News of the exhaustless wealth of Christ,

9 and to show all men in a clear light what my stewardship is. It is the stewardship of the truth which from all the Ages lay concealed in the mind of God, the Creator of all things --

10 concealed in order that the Church might now be used to display to the powers and authorities in the heavenly realms the innumerable aspects of God's wisdom.

11 Such was the eternal purpose which He had formed in Christ Jesus our Lord,

12 in whom we have this bold and confident access through our faith in Him.

13 Therefore I entreat you not to lose heart in the midst of my sufferings on your behalf, for they bring you honour.

14 For this reason, on bended knee I beseech the Father,

15 from whom the whole family in Heaven and on earth derives its name,

16 to grant you -- in accordance with the wealth of His glorious perfections -- to be strengthened by His Spirit with power penetrating to your inmost being.

17 I pray that Christ may make His home in your hearts through your faith; so that having your roots deep and your foundations strong, in love, you may become mighty to grasp the idea,

18 as it is grasped by all God's people, of the breadth and length, the height and depth --

19 yes, to attain to a knowledge of the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, so that you may be made complete in accordance with God's own standard of completeness.

20 Now to Him who, in exercise of His power that is at work within us, is able to do infinitely beyond all our highest prayers or thoughts --

21 to Him be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, world without end! Amen.

Williams NT

Ephesians 1

1 Paul, by God's will an apostle of Christ Jesus, to God's people who are faithful in Christ Jesus;

2 spiritual blessing and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who through Christ has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm.

4 Through Him He picked us out before the creation of the world, to be consecrated and above reproach in His sight in love.

5 He foreordained us to become His sons by adoption through Christ Jesus, to carry out the happy choice of His will,

6 so that we might praise the splendid favor which He has shown us in His beloved Son.

7 It is through union with Him that we have redemption by His blood and the forgiveness of our shortcomings, in accordance with the generosity of His unmerited favor

8 which He lavished upon us. Through perfect wisdom and spiritual insight

9 He has made known to us the secret of His will, which is in accordance with His purpose which He planned in Christ,

10 so that, at the coming of the climax of the ages, everything in heaven and on earth should be unified through Christ,

11 in union with whom we were made God's portion, since we had been foreordained in accordance with the purpose of Him who in everything carries out the plan of His will,

12 that we who had first put our hope in Christ might praise His glory.

13 You too, as you have heard the message of the truth, the good news that means your salvation, and as you have trusted in Him too, have been stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit,

14 who is the first installment of our inheritance, so that we may finally come into full possession of the prize of redemption, and praise His glory for it.

15 This is why I myself, since I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and in all His people,

16 never cease to thank God for you when I mention you in my prayers,

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may grant you the Spirit to give wisdom and revelation which come through a growing knowledge of Him,

18 by having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, so that you may know what the hope is to which He calls you, how glorious rich God's portion in His people is,

19 and how surpassingly great is His power for us who believe, measured by His tremendously mighty power

20 when He raised Christ from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in heaven,

21 far above every other government, authority, power, and dominion, yea, far above every other title that can be conferred, not only in this world but in the world to come.

22 And so He has put all things under His feet and made Him the supreme Head of the church,

23 which is His body, that is being filled by Him who fills everything everywhere.

Ephesians 2

1 You too were dead because of the shortcomings and sins

2 in which you once lived in accordance with the spirit of this present world, and the mighty prince of the air, who is always at work in the disobedient, among whom all of us, we Jews as well as you heathen,

3 once lived while gratifying the cravings of our lower nature, as we continued to carry out the impulses of our lower nature and its thoughts, and by nature we were exposed to God's wrath, as the rest of mankind.

4 But God, who is so rich in mercy on account of the great love He has for us,

5 has made us, though dead because of our shortcomings, live again in fellowship with Christ -- it is by His unmerited favor that you have been saved.

6 And He raised us with Him and through union with Christ Jesus He made us sit down with Him in the heavenly realm,

7 to show, throughout the coming ages, the boundless generosity of His unmerited favor shown us in His goodness to us through Christ Jesus.

8 For it is by His unmerited favor through faith that you have been saved; it is not by anything that you have done, it is the gift of God.

9 It is not the result of what anyone can do, so that no one can boast of it.

10 For He has made us what we are, because He has created us through our union with Christ Jesus for doing good deeds which He beforehand planned for us to do.

11 So remember that you were once heathen in a physical sense, called the uncircumcised by those who call themselves the circumcised -- though only in a physical sense, by human hands.

12 At that time you were without any connection with Christ; you were aliens to the commonwealth of Israel, strangers to the sacred compacts made by God's promise, with no hope, and no God in the world.

13 But now through your union with Christ Jesus you who were once far away have through the blood of Christ been brought near.

14 For He Himself is our peace, He is the one who has made us both into one body and has broken down the barrier that kept us apart;

15 through His human nature He has put a stop to the hostility between us, namely, the law with its commands and decrees, in order to create one new humanity out of the two parties and so make peace through union with Himself, and in one body

16 to reconcile them both to God with His cross after He had killed the hostility through it.

17 When He came, He brought the good news of peace for you who were far away and for you who were near;

18 for it is by Him through one Spirit that both of us now have an introduction to the Father.

19 So you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but you are fellow-citizens of God's people and members of His family;

20 for you are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself the cornerstone.

21 In union with Him the whole building is harmoniously fitted together and continues to grow into a temple, sacred through its union with the Lord,

22 and you yourselves, in union with Him, in fellowship with one another, are being built up into a dwelling for God through the Spirit.

Ephesians 3

1 This is why I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of the heathen --

2 that is, if you have heard how God's favor has been entrusted to me for you,

3 and how by revelation the secret was made known to me, as I have briefly written before.

4 By reading this you will be able to understand my insight into the secret about the Christ --

5 which in the earlier ages, so different from the present, was not made known to mankind as fully as now, but through the Spirit it has been revealed to His Holy apostles and prophets --

6 that the heathen through union with Christ Jesus are fellow-heirs with the Jews, are members with them of the same body, and sharers with them of the promise through the good news,

7 for which I was called to serve in accordance with the gift of God's unmerited favor which was bestowed on me by the exercise of His power --

8 yes, on me, the very least of all His people, this unmerited favor was bestowed -- that I might preach as good news to the heathen the boundless riches of Christ,

9 and to make clear how is to be carried out the trusteeship of this secret which has for ages been hidden away in God, the Creator of all things,

10 so that the many phases of God's wisdom may now through the church be made known to the rulers and authorities in heaven,

11 in accordance with the eternal purpose which God executed in the gift of Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 By union with Him and through faith in Him we have a free and confidential introduction to God.

13 So I beg you not to lose heart over the sorrows that I am suffering for your sake, for they bring you honor.

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father,

15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,

16 and beg Him to grant you, in accordance with the riches of His perfect character, to be mightily strengthened by His Spirit in your inmost being,

17 and that Christ in His love, through your faith, may make His permanent home in your hearts. You must be deeply rooted, your foundations must be strong,

18 so that you with all God's people may be strong enough to grasp the idea of the breadth and length, the height and depth,

19 yes, to come at last to know the love of Christ, although it far surpasses human understanding, so that you may be filled with the perfect fullness of God.

20 To Him who by His power that is at work within us can do surpassingly more than all we ask or imagine,

21 be glory in the church and through Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

World English Bible

Ephesians 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ;

4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without blemish before him in love;

5 having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire,

6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he freely bestowed favor on us in the Beloved,

7 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

8 which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him

10 to an administration of the fullness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, in him;

11 in whom also we were assigned an inheritance, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his will;

12 to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

13 in whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the Gospel of your salvation,"in whom, having also believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

14 who is a pledge of our inheritance, to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of his glory.

15 For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and the love which you have toward all the saints,

16 don't cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers,

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;

18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might

20 which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places,

21 far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come.

22 He put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things for the assembly,

23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Ephesians 2

1 You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins,

2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the powers of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience;

3 among whom we also all once lived in the lust of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

4 But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us,

5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus;

8 for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

9 not of works, that no one would boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.

11 Therefore remember that once you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "uncircumcision" by that which is called "circumcision," (in the flesh, made by hands);

12 that you were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition,

15 having abolished in the flesh the hostility, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man of the two, making peace;

16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, having killed the hostility thereby.

17 He came and preached peace to you who were far off and to those who were near.

18 For through him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

19 So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God,

20 being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief cornerstone;

21 in whom the whole building, fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord;

22 in whom you also are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.

Ephesians 3

1 For this cause I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles,

2 if it is so that you have heard of the administration of that grace of God which was given me toward you;

3 how that by revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I wrote before in few words,

4 by which, when you read, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ;

5 which in other generations was not made known to the children of men, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;

6 that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of his promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel,

7 of which I was made a servant, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power.

8 To me, the very least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

9 and to make all men see what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things through Jesus Christ;

10 to the intent that now through the assembly the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places,

11 according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord;

12 in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him.

13 Therefore I ask that you may not lose heart at my troubles for you, which are your glory.

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

15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,

16 that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that you may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man;

17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

19 and to know Christ's love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

21 to him be the glory in the assembly and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Young's Literal Translation

Ephesians 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace to you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ!

3 Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who did bless us in every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

4 according as He did choose us in him before the foundation of the world, for our being holy and unblemished before Him, in love,

5 having foreordained us to the adoption of sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, in which He did make us accepted in the beloved,

7 in whom we have the redemption through his blood, the remission of the trespasses, according to the riches of His grace,

8 in which He did abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

9 having made known to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure, that He purposed in Himself,

10 in regard to the dispensation of the fulness of the times, to bring into one the whole in the Christ, both the things in the heavens, and the things upon the earth -- in him;

11 in whom also we did obtain an inheritance, being foreordained according to the purpose of Him who the all things is working according to the counsel of His will,

12 for our being to the praise of His glory, even those who did first hope in the Christ,

13 in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth -- the good news of your salvation -- in whom also having believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise,

14 which is an earnest of our inheritance, to the redemption of the acquired possession, to the praise of His glory.

15 Because of this I also, having heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and the love to all the saints,

16 do not cease giving thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers,

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of the glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the recognition of him,

18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, for your knowing what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

19 and what the exceeding greatness of His power to us who are believing, according to the working of the power of His might,

20 which He wrought in the Christ, having raised him out of the dead, and did set him at His right hand in the heavenly places,

21 far above all principality, and authority, and might, and lordship, and every name named, not only in this age, but also in the coming one;

22 and all things He did put under his feet, and did give him -- head over all things to the assembly,

23 which is his body, the fulness of Him who is filling the all in all,

Ephesians 2

1 Also you -- being dead in the trespasses and the sins,

2 in which once ye did walk according to the age of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience,

3 among whom also we all did walk once in the desires of our flesh, doing the wishes of the flesh and of the thoughts, and were by nature children of wrath -- as also the others,

4 and God, being rich in kindness, because of His great love with which He loved us,

5 even being dead in the trespasses, did make us to live together with the Christ, (by grace ye are having been saved,)

6 and did raise us up together, and did seat us together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

7 that He might show, in the ages that are coming, the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus,

8 for by grace ye are having been saved, through faith, and this not of you -- of God the gift,

9 not of works, that no one may boast;

10 for of Him we are workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God did before prepare, that in them we may walk.

11 Wherefore, remember, that ye were once the nations in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that called Circumcision in the flesh made by hands,

12 that ye were at that time apart from Christ, having been alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of the promise, having no hope, and without God, in the world;

13 and now, in Christ Jesus, ye being once afar off became nigh in the blood of the Christ,

14 for he is our peace, who did make both one, and the middle wall of the enclosure did break down,

15 the enmity in his flesh, the law of the commands in ordinances having done away, that the two he might create in himself into one new man, making peace,

16 and might reconcile both in one body to God through the cross, having slain the enmity in it,

17 and having come, he did proclaim good news -- peace to you -- the far-off and the nigh,

18 because through him we have the access -- we both -- in one Spirit unto the Father.

19 Then, therefore, ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens of the saints, and of the household of God,

20 being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being chief corner -stone,

21 in whom all the building fitly framed together doth increase to an holy sanctuary in the Lord,

22 in whom also ye are builded together, for a habitation of God in the Spirit.


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