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The Holman Christian Standard Bible

Ephesians 5:22–32

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Wives and Husbands

22 Wives, a submit b c to your own husbands d as to the Lord, 23 for the husband is the head of the wife e as Christ is the head f of the church. He is the Savior of the body. g 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives are to submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, h just as Christ loved i the church and gave Himself j for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing k her with the washing of water by the word. 27 He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless. l 28 In the same way, husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hates his own flesh but provides and cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, 30 since we are members of His body. m

31 For this reason a man will leave

his father and mother

and be joined to his wife, n

and the two will become one flesh. o p

32 This * mystery q is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church.

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