Ephesians 4 King James Version 2016

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  • 1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
  • 2 with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
  • 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
  • 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you are called in one hope of your calling;
  • 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
  • 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
  • 7 But to each one of us grace is given according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
  • 8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.”
  • 9 (Now this, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
  • 10 He who descended is also the same who ascended up far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
  • 11 And He gave some to be apostles, some prophets, 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 until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
  • 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, and cunning craftiness, in which they make plans to deceive,
  • 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head, who is Christ,
  • 16 from whom the entire body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
  • 17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
  • 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;
  • 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to filthiness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
  • 20 But you have not so learned Christ,
  • 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:
  • 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which is corrupted according to the deceitful lusts,
  • 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
  • 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and true holiness.
  • 25 Therefore, putting away lying, “every one speak truth with his neighbor,” because we are members of one another.
  • 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
  • 27 nor give place to the devil.
  • 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands that which is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
  • 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may minister grace to the hearers.
  • 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
  • 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
  • 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God forgave you because of Christ.

(King James Version 2016 Edition, 2016)

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