NASB — Ephesians 4 — KJV

Unity of the Spirit

1 Therefore I, athe prisoner of the Lord, bimplore you to cwalk in a manner worthy of the dcalling with which you have been ecalled, 2 with all ahumility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another bin love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the abond of peace. 4 [There is] aone body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one bhope of your calling; 5 aone Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all awho is over all and through all and in all.

[1] aEp 3:1 bRo 12:1 cEp 2:10; Col 1:10; 2:6; 1Th 2:12 dRo 11:29 eRo 8:28f
[2] aCol 3:12f bEp 1:4
[3] aCol 3:14f
[4] a1Co 12:4ff; Ep 2:16, 18 bEp 1:18
[5] a1Co 8:6
[6] aRo 11:36

7 ¶ But ato each one of us bgrace was given caccording to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore Iit says,
  “aWHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,
  HE bLED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,
  AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”
9 (Now this [expression], “He aascended,” what Idoes it mean except that He also IIhad descended into bthe lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended afar above all the heavens, so that He might bfill all things.) 11 And He agave bsome [as] apostles, and some [as] prophets, and some [as] cevangelists, and some [as] pastors and dteachers, 12 afor the equipping of the Isaints for the work of service, to the building up of bthe body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to athe unity of the faith, and of the Ibknowledge of the Son of God, to a cmature man, to the measure of the stature IIwhich belongs to the dfullness of Christ. 14 IAs a result, we are ano longer to be children, btossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by ccraftiness IIin ddeceitful scheming; 15 but Ispeaking the truth ain love, IIwe are to bgrow up in all [aspects] into Him who is the chead, [even] Christ, 16 from whom athe whole body, being fitted and held together Iby what every joint supplies, according to the IIproper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself bin love.

[7] a1Co 12:7, 11 bEp 3:2 cRo 12:3
[8] IOr He aPs 68:18 bCol 2:15
[9] ILit is it except IIOne early ms reads had first descended aJn 3:13 bIs 44:23
[10] aEp 1:20f; He 4:14; 7:26 bEp 1:23
[11] aEp 4:8 bAc 13:1; 1Co 12:28 cAc 21:8 dAc 13:1
[12] IOr holy ones a2Co 13:9 b1Co 12:27; Ep 1:23
[13] IOr true knowledge IILit of the fullness aEp 4:3, 5 bJn 6:69; Ep 1:17; Php 3:10 c1Co 14:20; Col 1:28; He 5:14 dJn 1:16; Ep 1:23
[14] ILit So that we will no longer be IILit with regard to the scheming of deceit a1Co 14:20 bJm 1:6; Jde 12 c1Co 3:19; 2Co 4:2; 11:3 dEp 6:11
[15] IOr holding to or being truthful in IIOr let us grow up aEp 1:4 bEp 2:21 cEp 1:22
[16] ILit through every joint of the supply IILit working in measure aRo 12:4f; Col 2:19 bEp 1:4

The Christian’s Walk

17aSo this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, bthat you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the cfutility of their mind, 18 being adarkened in their understanding, Ibexcluded from the life of God because of the cignorance that is in them, because of the dhardness of their heart; 19 and they, having abecome callous, bhave given themselves over to csensuality Ifor the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20 But you did not alearn IChrist in this way, 21 if indeed you ahave heard Him and have bbeen taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you alay aside the bold Iself, which is being corrupted in accordance with the clusts of deceit, 23 and that you be arenewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and aput on the bnew Iself, which IIcin [the likeness of] God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

[17] aCol 2:4 bEp 2:2; 4:22 cRo 1:21; Col 2:18; 1P 1:18; 2P 2:18
[18] IOr alienated aRo 1:21 bEp 2:1, 12 cAc 3:17; 17:30; 1Co 2:8; He 5:2; 9:7; 1P 1:14 dMk 3:5; Ro 11:7, 25; 2Co 3:14
[19] IOr greedy for the practice of every kind of impurity a1Ti 4:2 bRo 1:24 cCol 3:5
[20] II.e. the Messiah aMt 11:29
[21] aRo 10:14; Ep 1:13; 2:17; Col 1:5 bCol 2:7
[22] ILit man aEp 4:25, 31; Col 3:8; He 12:1; Jm 1:21; 1P 2:1 bRo 6:6 c2Co 11:3; He 3:13
[23] aRo 12:2
[24] ILit man IILit according to God aRo 13:14 bRo 6:4; 7:6; 12:2; 2Co 5:17; Col 3:10 cEp 2:10

25 ¶ Therefore, alaying aside falsehood, bSPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE [of you] WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are cmembers of one another. 26 aBE ANGRY, AND [yet] DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not agive the devil Ian opportunity. 28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather ahe must labor, bperforming with his own hands what is good, cso that he will have [something] to share with Ione who has need. 29 Let no Iaunwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such [a word] as is good for bedification IIaccording to the need [of the moment], so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30 aDo not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, Iby whom you were bsealed for the day of redemption. 31 aLet all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be bput away from you, along with all cmalice. 32 aBe kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, bjust as God in Christ also has forgiven Iyou.

[25] aEp 4:22, 31; Col 3:8; He 12:1; Jm 1:21; 1P 2:1 bZc 8:16; Ep 4:15; Col 3:9 cRo 12:5
[26] aPs 4:4
[27] ILit a place aRo 12:19; Jm 4:7
[28] ILit the one aAc 20:35; 1Co 4:12; Ga 6:10 b1Th 4:11; 2Th 3:8, 11f; Tit 3:8, 14 cLk 3:11; 1Th 4:12
[29] ILit rotten IILit of the need aMt 12:34; Ep 5:4; Col 3:8 bEc 10:12; Ro 14:19; Col 4:6
[30] ILit in aIs 63:10; 1Th 5:19 bJn 3:33; Ep 1:13
[31] aRo 3:14; Col 3:8, 19 bEp 4:22 c1P 2:1
[32] ITwo early mss read us a1Co 13:4; Col 3:12f; 1P 3:8 bMt 6:14f; 2Co 2:10


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He exhorteth to unity,

1 ¶ I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.

[1] Gn 5:24; 17:1; Jr 38:20; Ac 9:31; Ro 8:28; 12:1; 1Co 4:16; 2Co 5:20; 6:1; 10:1; Ga 4:12; Ep 3:1; 4:4, 17; 5:2; Php 1:27; 3:14, 17; Col 1:10; 4:12; 1Th 2:12; 4:1; 2Th 1:11; 2Ti 1:9; Tit 2:10; Phm 1:9; He 3:1; 13:21; 1P 2:11; 3:9; 5:10; 2P 1:3; 2Jn 1:5.
[2] Nu 12:3; Ps 45:4; 138:6; Pv 3:34; 16:19; Is 57:15; 61:1; Zp 2:3; Zc 9:9; Mt 5:3; 11:29; Mk 9:19; Ac 20:19; Ro 15:1; 1Co 13:4, 7; Ga 5:22; 6:2; Col 3:12; 1Ti 6:11; 2Ti 2:25; Jm 1:21; 3:15; 1P 3:15.
[3] Jn 13:34; 17:21; Ro 14:17; 1Co 1:10; 12:12; 2Co 13:11; Ep 4:4; Col 3:13; 1Th 5:13; He 12:14; Jm 3:17.
[4] Jr 14:8; 17:7; Mt 28:19; Ac 15:11; Ro 12:4; 1Co 10:17; 12:4, 12, 20; 2Co 11:4; Ep 1:18; 2:16, 18, 22; 4:1; 5:30; Col 1:5; 3:15; 2Th 2:16; 1Ti 1:1; Tit 1:2; 2:13; 3:7; He 6:18; 1P 1:3, 21; 1Jn 3:3.
[5] Mt 28:19; Ac 2:36; 10:36; Ro 3:30; 6:3; 14:8; 1Co 1:2, 13; 8:6; 12:5, 13; 2Co 11:4; Ga 1:6; 3:26; 5:6; Ep 4:13; Php 2:11; 3:8; Tit 1:1, 4; He 6:6; 13:7; Jm 2:18; 1P 3:21; 2P 1:1; Jde 1:3, 20.
[6] Gn 14:19; Nu 16:22; 1Ch 29:11; Ps 95:3; Is 40:11, 21; 63:16; Jr 10:10; Dn 4:34; 5:18; Mal 2:10; Mt 6:9, 13; Jn 14:23; 17:26; 20:17; Ro 11:36; 1Co 8:6; 12:6; 2Co 6:16; Ga 3:26; 4:3; Ep 1:21; 2:22; 3:17; 6:23; 1Jn 3:1, 24; 4:12; Rv 4:8.

and declareth that God therefore giveth

7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

[7] Mt 25:15; Jn 3:34; Ro 12:3, 6; 1Co 12:8, 28; 2Co 6:1; 10:13; Ep 3:2, 8; 4:8; 1P 4:10.
[8] Jg 5:12; 1S 30:26; Es 2:18; Ps 68:18; Col 2:15.
[9] Gn 11:5; Ex 19:20; Ps 8:5; 63:9; 139:15; Pv 30:4; Mt 12:40; Jn 3:13; 6:33, 38, 41, 51, 58, 62; 8:14; 16:27; 20:17; Ac 2:34; He 2:7, 9.
[10] Mt 24:34; Lk 24:44; Jn 1:16; 19:24, 28, 36; Ac 1:9, 11; 2:33; 3:18; 13:32; Ro 9:25; 15:9; 16:25; Ep 1:20; 3:19; Col 1:19; 2:9; 1Ti 3:16; He 4:14; 7:26; 8:1; 9:23.

divers gifts unto men,

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

[11] 2Ch 15:3; Jr 3:15; Mt 28:20; Ac 13:1; 21:8; Ro 10:14; 12:7; 1Co 12:28, 29; Ep 2:20; 3:5; 4:8; 2Ti 4:5; He 5:12; 1P 5:1; Jde 1:17; Rv 18:20; 21:14.
[12] Lk 22:32; Jn 21:15; Ac 1:17, 25; 9:31; 11:23; 14:22; 20:24, 28; Ro 12:7; 14:19; 15:2, 14, 29; 1Co 4:1; 12:7; 14:4, 12, 14, 26; 2Co 3:8; 4:1; 5:18; 6:3; 7:1; 12:19; Ep 1:23; 4:4, 16, 29; Php 1:25; 3:12; Col 1:24, 28; 4:17; 1Th 5:11; 1Ti 1:12; 2Ti 4:5, 11; He 6:1; 13:17.

that his Church might be edified,

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:

[13] Is 53:11; Jr 32:38; Ezk 37:21; Zp 3:9; Zc 14:9; Mt 11:27; Jn 16:3; 17:3, 21, 25; Ac 4:32; 1Co 1:10; 14:20; 2Co 4:6; Ep 1:23; 2:15; 4:3, 5, 12; Php 2:1; 3:8; Col 1:28; 2:2; 2P 1:1; 3:18; 1Jn 5:20.
[14] Ps 10:9; 59:3; Is 28:9; Mi 7:2; Mt 11:7; 18:3; 24:11, 24; Ac 20:30; 23:21; Ro 16:17; 1Co 3:1; 12:2; 14:20; 2Co 2:17; 4:2; 11:3, 13; Ga 1:6; 3:1; Col 2:4; 2Th 2:2, 9; 1Ti 3:6; 4:6; 2Ti 1:15; 2:17; 3:6, 13; 4:3; He 5:12; 13:9; Jm 1:6; 3:4; 2P 2:1, 18; 1Jn 2:19, 26; 4:1; Rv 13:11; 19:20.
[15] Jg 16:15; Ps 32:2; Ho 14:5; Zc 8:16; Mal 4:2; Jn 1:47; Ro 12:9; 2Co 4:2; 8:8; Ep 1:22; 2:21; 4:25; 5:23; Col 1:18; Jm 2:15; 1P 1:22; 2:2; 2P 3:18; 1Jn 3:18.

and grown up in Christ.

16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. 17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

[16] Jb 10:10; Ps 139:15; Jn 15:5; 1Co 8:1; 12:12; 13:4, 13; 14:1; Ga 5:6, 13, 22; Ep 1:4; 3:7, 17; 4:12, 15; Php 1:9; Col 2:2, 19; 1Th 1:3; 2:13; 3:12; 4:9; 2Th 1:3; 1Ti 1:5; 1P 1:22; 1Jn 4:16.
[17] Ne 9:29; 13:15; Ps 94:8; Jr 42:19; Ac 2:40; 14:15; 18:5; 20:21; Ro 1:23; 1Co 1:12; 6:9; 15:50; 2Co 9:6; Ga 3:17; 5:3, 19; Ep 1:22; 2:1; 5:3; Col 2:4; 3:5; 1Th 4:1, 6; 1Ti 5:21; 6:13; 2Ti 4:1; 1P 4:3.

He calleth them from the impurity of the Gentiles,

18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

[18] Ps 74:20; 115:4; Is 44:18; 46:5; Dn 5:20; Mt 13:15; Jn 12:40; Ac 17:30; 26:17; Ro 1:21, 28; 2:19; 8:7; 11:25; 1Co 1:21; 2Co 4:4; Ga 4:8; Ep 2:12; Col 1:21; 1Th 4:5; Jm 4:4; 1Jn 2:11.
[19] Jb 15:16; Is 56:11; Ro 1:24; Ep 4:17; 1Ti 4:2; 1P 4:3; 2P 2:12, 22; Jde 1:11; Rv 17:1; 18:3.
[20] Lk 24:47; Jn 6:45; Ro 6:1; 2Co 5:14; Tit 2:11; 1Jn 2:27.
[21] Ps 45:4; 85:10; Mt 17:5; Lk 10:16; Jn 1:17; 10:27; 14:6, 17; Ac 3:22; 2Co 1:20; 11:10; Ep 1:13; He 3:7; 1Jn 5:10, 20.
[22] 1S 1:14; Jb 22:23; Pv 11:18; Jr 49:16; Ezk 18:30; Ob 1:3; Ro 6:6; 7:11; Ga 1:13; Ep 2:3; 4:17, 25; Col 2:11; 3:7, 8, 9; Tit 3:3; He 3:13; 12:1; Jm 1:21, 26; 1P 1:18; 2:1; 4:3; 2P 2:7, 13.
[23] Ps 51:10; Ezk 11:19; 18:31; 36:26; Ro 8:6; 12:2; Ep 2:10; Col 3:10; Tit 3:5; 1P 1:13.

to put on the new man,

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

[24] Gn 1:26; Jb 29:14; Ps 45:6; Is 52:1; 59:17; Jn 17:17; Ro 6:4; 8:29; 13:12, 14; 1Co 15:53; 2Co 3:18; 4:16; 5:17; Ga 3:27; 6:15; Ep 2:10, 15; 6:11; Col 3:10; Tit 2:14; He 1:8; 12:14; 1P 2:2; 1Jn 3:2, 3.

to cast off lying,

25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

[25] Lv 19:11; 1K 13:18; Ps 52:3; 119:29; Pv 6:17; 8:7; 12:17, 19, 22; 21:6; Is 9:15; 59:3; 63:8; Jr 9:3; Ho 4:2; Zc 8:16, 19; Jn 8:44; Ac 5:3; Ro 12:5; 1Co 10:17; 12:12; 2Co 7:14; Ep 4:15; 5:30; Col 3:9; 1Ti 1:10; 4:2; Tit 1:2, 12; Rv 21:8; 22:15.
[26] Ex 11:8; 32:21; Nu 20:10, 24; 25:7; Dt 24:15; Ne 5:6; Ps 4:4; 37:8; 106:30; Pv 14:29; 19:11; 25:23; Ec 7:9; Mt 5:22; Mk 3:5; 10:14; Ro 12:19; Ep 4:31; Jm 1:19.
[27] Ac 5:3; 2Co 2:10; Ep 6:11, 16; Jm 4:7; 1P 5:8.
[28] Ex 20:15, 17; 21:16; Jb 34:32; Pv 13:11; 14:23; 28:13; 30:9; Jr 7:9; Ho 4:2; Zc 5:3; Lk 3:8, 10, 11; 19:8; 21:1; Jn 12:6; 13:29; Ac 20:34; Ro 12:13; 1Co 6:10; 2Co 8:2, 12; 9:12; 1Th 4:11; 2Th 3:6, 11; 1Ti 6:18.

and corrupt communication.

29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

[29] Dt 6:6; Ps 5:9; 37:30; 45:2; 52:2; 71:17, 24; 73:7; 78:4; Pv 10:31; 12:13; 15:2, 7, 23; 16:21; 25:11; Is 50:4; Mal 3:16; Mt 5:16; 12:34; Lk 4:22; Ro 3:13; 1Co 14:19; 15:32; Ep 4:12, 16; 5:3; Col 3:8, 16; 4:6; 1Th 5:11; Jm 3:2; 1P 2:12; 3:1; 2P 2:18; Jde 1:13; Rv 13:5.
[30] Gn 6:3, 6; Jg 10:16; Ps 78:40; 95:10; Is 7:13; 43:24; 63:10; Ezk 16:43; Ho 13:14; Mk 3:5; Lk 21:28; Ac 7:51; Ro 8:11, 23; 1Co 1:30; 15:54; Ep 1:13, 14; 1Th 5:19; He 3:10, 17.
[31] Gn 4:8; 27:41; 37:4, 21; Lv 19:16, 17; 2S 13:22; 19:27, 43; 20:1; Ps 15:3; 50:20; 64:3; 101:5; 140:11; Pv 6:19; 10:12, 18; 14:17; 18:8; 19:12; 25:23; 26:20, 24; 29:9, 22; Ec 7:9; Jr 6:28; 9:4; Ac 19:28; 21:30; 22:22; Ro 1:29; 3:14; 1Co 5:8; 14:20; 2Co 12:20; Ga 5:20; Ep 4:26; Col 3:8, 19; 1Ti 3:3, 11; 5:13; 6:4; 2Ti 2:23; 3:3; Tit 1:7; 2:3; 3:2, 3; Jm 1:19; 3:14; 4:1, 11; 1P 2:1; 2P 2:10; 1Jn 3:12, 15; Jde 1:8; Rv 12:10.
[32] Gn 50:17; Ru 2:20; Ps 112:4, 9; 145:9; Pv 12:10; 19:22; Is 57:1; Mt 6:12, 14; 18:21; Mk 11:25; Lk 1:78; 6:35, 37; 11:4; 17:4; Ac 28:2; Ro 12:10, 20; 1Co 13:4; 2Co 2:7, 10; 6:6; Ep 5:1; Col 3:12; Jm 5:11; 1P 3:8; 2P 1:7; 1Jn 1:9; 2:12.


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