Ephesians 4

1. I exhort therefore, I, the one who is prisoner for the Lord, that you walk worthy of the calling to which you were called.
2. With all humility of mind and gentleness with forbearance, uphold one another in love.
3. Swift to maintain the oneness of the Spirit by that which binds together for peace.
4. In one body and in one Spirit, just as also the one calling is one , the expectation of your calling is one.
5. One Lord, one faith, one immersion baptism.
6. One God and Father of all, who is before, [over and after] all, through all and in you all.
7. But to every one of us is given, the [same] grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8. Wherefore it says, ‘ascending into his high station, he took captive the captivity and gave gifts to men.
9. But this ascending, what is it, if [it is] not that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth.
10. He who went down is the same also who went up above all the heavens so that he might fill them all.
11. Indeed, he himself definitely gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors, and teachers.
12. For the perfecting of those he had made holy , for the business of the ministry, for the building-up of the body of Christ.
13. Till we all attain unto the oneness of his faith, and thorough knowledge of the Son of God, unto the matured man, unto the standard and stature of the fullness of Christ.
14. So that we henceforth, be no more babes tossed about and carried here and there by every wind of doctrine , after the dice-playing games of men [versed] with the craft of the cunning arts of the deceiver .
15. But speaking the truth with love, growing into him in all things, who is the head: Christ himself .
16. In whom the whole body fitly joined and united by every joint of supply, according to the energy at work in required measure in each and every part, such that growth of the body produces for itself, building himself in love.
17. This therefore I say and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as also the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the depravity of their minds.
18. Covered with darkness in their thoughts, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that has been in them about him with the hardness of their hearts.
19. Who having ceased from feeling, gave themselves over to unbridled lusts , to trade and profit from uncleanness with greediness.
20. But you are not like them; you have learnt Christ.
21. If truly you have heard him and were taught in him according to the truth in Jesus.
22. Put off from yourselves, your former lifestyle – that old man that is corrupted in accordance with the desires of the deceitful one.
23. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
24. And put on the new man that came down from God , being transformed by righteousness and holiness of his truth.
24. Wherefore, having put off the lie , speak truth everyone with his neighbour, for we are members of one another.
26. Be angry, but do not sin. The sun should not go down upon your wrath.
27. Neither give opportunity to the devil .
28. Let him that steals steal no more: but rather, let him labour , working that which is good with his hands, so that he may have something to share with those in need in everything .
29. Corrupt words, out of that mouth of yours, let it not go forth, but rather, whatsoever is good for use in building up others, so as to impart grace to those hearing it.
30. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of the only God by whom you were sealed unto the day of release.
31. Let all bitterness, and anger , and violence, and quarrelling , and evil speaking be put away from you, with all wickedness .
32. And become amiable towards one another, compassionate, gracious to forgive others, even as God himself also forgave you through Christ.


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