Chapter 4Ephesians

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1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith ye were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of :peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your :calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all. 7 But to each of us was the grace given accord ing to the measure of the gift of the Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith,
When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive, And gave gifts to :men.
 
9 (Now the He ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 Who descended is the same also that ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill :all things.) 11 And HE gave some as apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers; 12 for the perfecting of the saints, unto a work of ministry, unto a building of the body of the Christ: 13 till we :all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of :God, unto a perfect man, unto a measure of stature of the fullness of the Christ: 14 that we no longer be babes, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of :teaching, by the sleight of :men, in craftiness, unto the wiles of :error; 15 but being true in love, may grow up in :all things into him, who is the head, Christ; 16 from whom all the body fitly framed and knit together through every joint of the supply, according to the working in measure of each several part, maketh the increase of the body unto the building up of itself in love.
 
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye no longer should walk as the nations also walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of :God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their :heart; 19 who being past feeling gave themselves up to :lasciviousness, †to work all uncleanness with covetousness. 20 But ye did not so learn the Christ; 21 if so that ye heard of him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in :Jesus: 22 that ye put away, as concerning your former behavior, the old man, that waxeth corrupt after the lusts of :deceit; 23 and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your :mind, 24 and put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
 
25 Wherefore, putting away the lie speak truth each with his :neighbor: for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry, and sin not†: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that steals steal no more: but rather let him toil, working with his :hands what is good, that he have whereof to give to him that hath need. 29 Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your :mouth, but such as is good for building up of the need, that it give grace to them that hear. 30 And grieve not the Holy :Spirit of :God, in whom ye were sealed unto a day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and railing, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 and be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as :God also in Christ forgave you.

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