1 Paul, a an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will: b
To the faithful * saints c in Christ Jesus at Ephesus. d e
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. f 4 For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. g h In love i 5 He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, 6 to the praise of His glorious grace j that He favored us with in the Beloved. k
7 We have * redemption in Him l through His blood, the forgiveness m of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 He made known to us the * mystery of His will, n according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him o 10 for the administration p of the days of fulfillment q—to bring everything together in the * Messiah, r both things in heaven and things on earth s in Him. t
11 We have also received an inheritance u in Him, predestined v according to the purpose of the One who works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will, 12 so that we who had already put our hope w in the Messiah might bring praise to His glory. x
13 When you heard the message of truth, y the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. z 14 He is the down payment a of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession, b to the praise of His glory.
15 This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, c would give you a spirit d e of wisdom and revelation f in the knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the perception of your mind g may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope h of His calling, i what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power j to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.
20 He demonstrated this power in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand k in the heavens l— 21 far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, m n not only in this age but also in the one to come. o 22 And He put everything under His feet p q and appointed Him as head r over everything for the church, 23 which is His body, s the fullness t of the One who fills all things u in every way.
About The Holman Christian Standard Bible
The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.
Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.
Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.