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The New King James Version

Ephesians 4:1–32

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Walk in Unity

4 I, therefore, the prisoner 1of the Lord, 2beseech you to awalk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit bin the bond of peace. cThere is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; done Lord, eone faith, fone baptism; gone God and Father of all, who is above all, and hthrough all, and in 3you all.

Spiritual Gifts

But ito each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says:

j“When He ascended on high,

He led captivity captive,

And gave gifts to men.”

k(Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also 4first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One lwho ascended far above all the heavens, mthat He might fill all things.)

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, nfor the 5edifying of othe body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith pand of the knowledge of the Son of God, to qa perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be rchildren, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of sdeceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the thead—Christ—16 ufrom whom the whole 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.

The New Man

17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should vno longer walk as 6the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the wblindness of their heart; 19 xwho, being past feeling, yhave given themselves over to lewdness, 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 zput off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and abe renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you bput on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Do Not Grieve the Spirit

25 Therefore, putting away lying, cLet each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for dwe are members of one another. 26 e“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 fnor give 7place to the devil. 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather glet him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something hto give him who has need. 29 iLet no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but jwhat is good for necessary 8edification, kthat it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And ldo not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 mLet all bitterness, wrath, anger, 9clamor, and nevil speaking be put away from you, owith all malice. 32 And pbe kind to one another, tenderhearted, qforgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

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