Ephesians Chapter 5 – Catholic Bible

The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians

Chapter 5

1 – Be ye therefore followers of God, as most dear children;

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2 – And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness.

3 – But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints:

4 – Or obscenity, or foolish talking, or scurrility, which is to no purpose; but rather giving of thanks.

5 – For know you this and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean, or covetous person (which is a serving of idols), hath 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 anger of God upon the children of unbelief.

7 – Be ye not therefore partakers with them.

8 – For you were heretofore darkness, but now light in the Lord. Walk then as children of the light.

9 – For the fruit of the light is in all goodness, and justice, and truth;

10 – Proving what is well pleasing to God:

11 – And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

12 – For the things that are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of.

13 – But all things that are reproved, are made manifest by the light; for all that is made manifest is light.

14 – Wherefore he saith: Rise thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead: and Christ shall enlighten thee.

15 – See therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly: not as unwise,

16 – But as wise: redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17 – Wherefore become not unwise, but understanding what is the will of God.

18 – And be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury; but be ye filled with the holy Spirit,

19 – Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord;

20 – Giving thanks always for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God and the Father:

21 – Being subject one to another, in the fear of Christ.

22 – Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord:

23 – Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the saviour of his body.

24 – Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be to their husbands in all things.

25 – Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it:

26 – That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life:

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 also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself.

29 – For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church:

30 – Because 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 cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh.

32 – This is a great sacrament; but I speak in Christ and in the church.

33 – Nevertheless let every one of you in particular love his wife as himself: and let the wife fear her husband.

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