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7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. ' 8 Wherefore be saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets ; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers :
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ :
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ :
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ :
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, unto the edifyiug of itself in love.
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance ihat is in them, because of the blindness of their heart :
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus : 22 That je put off concerning the former conversation
the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour : for we are menibers one of another.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath :
27 Neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of
your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister
unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all inalice :
32 And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath for
CHAP. V. 2 He exhorteth to charity, 3 to flee fornication. 22 The
duties of wives, 25 and husbands. BE ye therefore followers of God, as dear children :
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not once be named amongst you, as becometh saints;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient : but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because
of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord : walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth ;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light : for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19. Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of
22 I Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church : and he is the Saviour of
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 9 Hus.
95 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it:
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church :
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one Desh.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
39 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as hiinself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
CH AP. VI. 1 The duty of children, j of servants. 10 Our life is a
warfare. 13 The Christian's armour. CHILDREN, obey your parents in the Lord: for this
is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise ;
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
4 And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath : but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
5 | Servants be obedient unto them that are your master's according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
6 Not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
7 With good-will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men :
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any mau doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond
9 And ye masters do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening : knowing that your master also is in beaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
10 (Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his night.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in bigh places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, thàt ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel
16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance, and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the
mys. tery of the gospel :
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things : 22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that