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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Ephesians 5:22–6:9

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Marriage Like Christ and the Church

22 aWives, bbe subject to your own husbands, cas to the Lord.

23 For athe husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the bhead of the church, He Himself cbeing the Savior of the body.

24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

25 aHusbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and bgave Himself up for her,

26 aso that He might sanctify her, having bcleansed her by the cwashing of water with dthe word,

27 that He might apresent to Himself the church 1in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be bholy and blameless.

28 So husbands ought also to alove their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;

29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,

30 because we are amembers of His bbody.

31 aFor this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.

32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to alove his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she 1brespects her husband.

Chapter 6

Family Relationships

1 aChildren, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

2 aHonor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise),

3 so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.

4 aFathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bbring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

5 aSlaves, be obedient to those who are your 1masters according to the flesh, with bfear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, cas to Christ;

6 anot 1by way of eyeservice, as bmen-pleasers, but as cslaves of Christ, ddoing the will of God from the 2heart.

7 With good will 1render service, aas to the Lord, and not to men,

8 aknowing that bwhatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, cwhether slave or free.

9 And masters, do the same things to them, and agive up threatening, knowing that bboth their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is cno partiality with Him.

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