NASB — Ephesians 3 — KJV

Paul’s Stewardship

1 For this reason I, Paul, athe prisoner of bChrist Jesus cfor the sake of you dGentiles2 if indeed you have heard of the astewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you; 3 athat bby revelation there was cmade known to me dthe mystery, eas I wrote before in brief. 4 IBy referring to this, when you read you can understand amy insight IIinto the bmystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy aapostles and prophets Iin the Spirit; 6 [to be specific], that the Gentiles are afellow heirs and bfellow members of the body, and cfellow partakers of the promise in dChrist Jesus through the gospel, 7 aof which I was made a bminister, according to the gift of cGod’s grace which was given to me daccording to the working of His power. 8 To me, athe very least of all Isaints, this grace was given, to bpreach to the Gentiles the unfathomable criches of Christ, 9 and to Ibring to light what is the administration of the amystery which for ages has been bhidden in God cwho created all things; 10 so that the manifold awisdom of God might now be bmade known through the church to the crulers and the authorities in dthe heavenly [places]. 11 [This was] in aaccordance with the Ieternal purpose which He IIcarried out in bChrist Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and Iaconfident baccess through faith IIin Him. 13 Therefore I ask Iyou not ato lose heart at my tribulations bon your behalf, IIfor they are your glory.

[1] aAc 23:18; Ep 4:1; 2Ti 1:8; Phm 1, 9, 23 bGa 5:24 c2Co 1:6; Ep 3:13 dEp 3:8
[2] aEp 1:10; 3:9; Col 1:25; 1Ti 1:4
[3] aAc 22:17, 21; 26:16ff bGa 1:12 cEp 1:9; 3:4, 6, 9 dRo 11:25; 16:25; Ep 3:4, 9; 6:19; Col 1:26f; 4:3 eEp 1:9f; He 13:22; 1P 5:12
[4] ILit To which, when you read IILit in a2Co 11:6 bRo 11:25; 16:25; Ep 3:3, 9; 6:19; Col 1:26f; 4:3
[5] IOr by a1Co 12:28; Ep 2:20
[6] aGa 3:29 bEp 2:16 cEp 5:7 dGa 5:24
[7] aCol 1:23, 25 b1Co 3:5 cAc 9:15; Ro 12:3; Ep 3:2 dEp 1:19; 3:20
[8] IOr holy ones a1Co 15:9 bAc 9:15; Ep 3:1f cRo 2:4; Ep 1:7; 3:16
[9] ITwo early mss read make all know aRo 11:25; 16:25; Ep 3:3, 4; 6:19; Col 1:26f; 4:3 bCol 3:3 cRv 4:11
[10] aRo 11:33; 1Co 2:7 bEp 1:23; 1P 1:12 cEp 1:21; 6:12; Col 2:10, 15 dEp 1:3
[11] ILit purpose of the ages IIOr formed aEp 1:11 bGa 5:24; Ep 3:1
[12] ILit access in confidence IILit of Him a2Co 3:4; He 4:16; 10:19, 35; 1 Jn 2:28; 3:21 bEp 2:18
[13] IOr that I may not lose IILit which are a2Co 4:1 bEp 3:1

14 ¶ For this reason I abow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom Ievery family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to athe riches of His glory, to be bstrengthened with power through His Spirit in cthe inner man, 17 so that aChrist may dwell in your hearts through faith; [and] that you, being brooted and cgrounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with aall the Isaints what is bthe breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know athe love of Christ which bsurpasses knowledge, that you may be cfilled up to all the dfullness of God.

[14] aPhp 2:10
[15] IOr the whole
[16] aEp 1:18; 3:8 b1Co 16:13; Php 4:13; Col 1:11 cRo 7:22
[17] aJn 14:23; Ro 8:9f; 2Co 13:5; Ep 2:22 b1Co 3:6; Col 2:7 cCol 1:23
[18] IV 8, note 1 aEp 1:15 bJb 11:8f
[19] aRo 8:35, 39 bPhp 4:7 cCol 2:10 dEp 1:23

20aNow to Him who is bable to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, caccording to the power that works within us, 21 ato Him [be] the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations Iforever and ever. Amen.

[20] aRo 16:25 b2Co 9:8 cEp 3:7
[21] ILit of the age of the ages aRo 11:36


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1 ¶ For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

[1] Lk 21:12; Ac 21:33; 26:29; 28:17; 2Co 10:1; 11:23; Ga 5:2, 11; Ep 4:1; 6:20; Php 1:7, 13; Col 1:24; 4:3, 18; 1Th 2:15; 2Ti 1:8, 16; 2:9, 10; Phm 1:1, 9; Rv 2:10.
[2] Ac 9:15; 13:2, 46; 22:21; 26:17; Ro 1:5; 11:13; 12:3; 15:15; 1Co 4:1; 9:17; Ga 1:13, 15; 2:8; Ep 3:8; 4:7, 21; Col 1:4, 6, 25; 1Ti 1:11; 2:7; 2Ti 1:11.

Made known to Paul by revelation:

3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

[3] Ac 22:17, 21; 23:9; 26:15; Ro 11:25; 16:25; 1Co 2:9; Ga 1:12, 16; Ep 1:9, 17; 2:11; 3:9; Col 1:26.
[4] Mt 13:11; Lk 2:10; 8:10; 1Co 2:6; 4:1; 13:2; 2Co 11:6; Ep 1:9; 5:32; 6:19; Col 2:2; 4:3; 1Ti 3:9, 16.

was the hidden mystery,

5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

[5] Mt 13:17; 23:34; Lk 2:26; 10:24; 11:49; Jn 14:26; 16:13; Ac 10:19, 28; Ro 16:25; 1Co 12:8, 28; Ep 2:20; 3:9; 4:11; 2Ti 1:10; Tit 1:1; He 11:39; 1P 1:10; 2P 3:2; Jde 1:17.

that the Gentiles should be saved,

6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

[6] Ro 8:15; 12:4; 1Co 12:12, 27; Ga 3:14, 26; 4:5; Ep 2:13; 4:15; 5:30; Col 2:19; 1Jn 1:3; 2:25.
[7] Is 43:13; Ro 1:5; 15:16, 18; 1Co 15:10; 2Co 3:6; 4:1; 10:4; Ga 2:8; Ep 1:19; 3:2, 8, 20; 4:16; Col 1:23, 29; 1Th 2:13; 1Ti 1:14; He 13:21.

and to him was that grace given,

8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

[8] 1Ch 17:16; 29:14; Ps 31:19; Pv 30:2; Jn 1:16; Ac 5:41; Ro 11:33; 12:10; 15:15; 1Co 1:30; 2:9; 15:9; Ga 1:16; 2:8; Ep 1:7; 2:7; 3:2, 16, 19; Php 2:3; 4:19; Col 1:27; 2:1; 1Ti 1:13, 15; 2:7; 2Ti 1:11; 1P 5:5; Rv 3:18.

that he should preach it.

9 And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly [places] might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

[9] Ps 33:6; Is 44:24; Mt 10:27; 13:35; 25:34; 28:19; Mk 16:15; Lk 24:47; Jn 1:1; 5:17, 19; 10:30; Ac 15:18; Ro 16:25, 26; 1Co 2:7; Ep 1:4, 9; 3:3; Col 1:16, 23, 26; 3:3; 2Th 2:13; 1Ti 3:16; 2Ti 1:9; 4:17; Tit 1:2; He 1:2; 3:3; 1P 1:20; Rv 13:8; 14:6; 17:8.
[10] Ex 25:17; Ps 103:20; 104:24; 148:1; Is 6:2; Ezk 3:12; Mt 11:25; Ro 8:38; 11:33; 1Co 1:24; 2:7; Ep 1:3, 8, 21; Col 1:16; 1Ti 3:16; 1P 1:12; 3:22; Rv 5:9, 12.
[11] Is 14:24; 46:10; Jr 51:29; Ro 8:28; 9:11; Ep 1:4, 9, 11; 2Ti 1:9.
[12] Jn 14:6; Ro 5:2; Ep 2:18; He 4:14; 10:19.

He desireth them not to faint for his tribulation,

13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

[13] Dt 20:3; Is 40:30; Zp 3:16; Ac 14:22; 2Co 1:6; Ga 6:9; Ep 3:1; Php 1:12; Col 1:24; 1Th 3:2; 2Th 3:13; He 12:3.

and prayeth,

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

[14] 1K 8:54; 19:18; 2Ch 6:13; Ezr 9:5; Ps 95:6; Is 45:23; Dn 6:10; Lk 22:41; Ac 7:60; 9:40; 20:36; 21:5; Ep 1:3, 16.
[15] Is 65:15; Jr 33:16; Ac 11:26; Ep 1:10, 21; Php 2:9; Col 1:20; Rv 2:17; 3:12; 5:8; 7:4.
[16] Jb 23:6; Ps 28:8; 138:3; Is 40:29; 41:10; Jr 31:33; Zc 10:12; Mt 6:13; Ro 2:29; 7:22; 9:23; 2Co 4:16; 12:9; Ep 1:7, 18; 2:7; 3:8; 6:10; Php 4:13, 19; Col 1:11, 27; 2Ti 4:17; He 11:34; 1P 3:4.
[17] Is 57:15; Mt 7:24; 13:6; Lk 6:48; Jn 6:56; 14:17, 23; 17:23; Ro 5:5; 8:9; 1Co 8:1; 2Co 5:14; 6:16; Ga 2:20; 5:6; Ep 2:21; Col 1:23, 27; 2:7; 1Jn 4:4, 16; Rv 3:20.
[18] Dt 33:2; 2Ch 6:41; Jb 11:7; Ps 103:11, 17; 116:15; 132:9; 139:6; 145:10; Is 55:9; Zc 14:5; Jn 15:13; Ro 10:3, 11; 2Co 13:13; Ga 2:20; 3:13; Ep 1:10, 15, 18; 3:19; Php 2:5; 3:8; Col 1:4; 1Ti 1:14; 3:16; Tit 2:13; Rv 3:21.

that they may perceive the great love of Christ toward them.

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

[19] Ps 17:15; 43:4; Mt 5:6; Jn 1:16; 17:3; 2Co 5:14; Ga 2:20; Ep 1:23; 3:18; 5:2, 25; Php 1:7; 2:5; Col 1:10; 2:9; 2P 3:18; 1Jn 4:9; Rv 7:15; 21:22; 22:3.
[20] Gn 17:1; 18:4; Ex 34:6; 2S 7:19; 1K 3:13; 2Ch 25:9; Ps 36:8; So 5:1; Is 35:2; 55:7; Jr 32:17, 27; Dn 3:17; 6:20; Mt 3:9; Jn 10:10, 29; Ro 4:21; 16:25; 1Co 2:9; Ep 1:19; 3:7; Col 1:29; 1Ti 1:14; He 7:25; 11:19; 13:20; Jm 4:12; 2P 1:11; Jde 1:24.
[21] 1Ch 29:11; Ps 29:1; 72:19; 115:1; Is 6:3; 42:12; Mt 6:13; Lk 2:14; Ro 11:36; 16:27; Ga 1:5; Ep 1:6; 2:7; Php 1:11; 2:11; 4:20; 2Ti 4:18; He 13:15, 21; 1P 2:5; 5:11; 2P 3:18; Jde 1:25; Rv 4:9; 5:9; 7:12.


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