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Be Imitators of God

1 aTherefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and awalk in love, just as Christ also bloved Iyou and cgave Himself up for us, an doffering and a sacrifice to God IIas a efragrant aroma.

[1] aMt 5:48; Lk 6:36; Ep 4:32
[2] IOne early ms reads us IILit for an odor of fragrance aRo 14:15; Col 3:14 bJn 13:34; Ro 8:37 cJn 6:51; Ro 4:25; Ga 2:20; Ep 5:25 dHe 7:27; 9:14; 10:10, 12 eEx 29:18, 25; 2Co 2:14

3 ¶ But aimmorality Ior any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among IIsaints; 4 and [there must be no] afilthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which bare not fitting, but rather cgiving of thanks. 5 For this you know with certainty, that ano Iimmoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom bof Christ and God.

[3] ILit and all IIOr holy ones aCol 3:5
[4] aMt 12:34; Ep 4:29; Col 3:8 bRo 1:28 cEp 5:20
[5] II.e. one who commits sexual immorality a1Co 6:9; Col 3:5 bCol 1:13

6aLet no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things bthe wrath of God comes upon cthe sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be apartakers with them; 8 for ayou were formerly bdarkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as cchildren of Light 9 (for athe fruit of the Light [consists] in all bgoodness and righteousness and truth), 10 Iatrying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 aDo not participate in the unfruitful bdeeds of cdarkness, but instead even Idexpose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible awhen they are Iexposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14 For this reason Iit says,
  “aAwake, sleeper,
  And arise from bthe dead,
  And Christ cwill shine on you.”

[6] aCol 2:8 bRo 1:18; Col 3:6 cEp 2:2
[7] aEp 3:6
[8] aEp 2:2 bAc 26:18; Col 1:12f cJn 12:36; Ro 13:12
[9] aGa 5:22 bRo 15:14
[10] ILit proving what aRo 12:2
[11] IOr reprove a1Co 5:9; 2Co 6:14 bRo 13:12 cAc 26:18; Col 1:12f d1Ti 5:20
[13] IOr reproved aJn 3:20f
[14] IOr He aIs 26:19; 51:17; 52:1; 60:1; Ro 13:11 bEp 2:1 cLk 1:78f

15 ¶ Therefore Ibe careful how you awalk, not bas unwise men but as wise, 16 Iamaking the most of your time, because bthe days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but aunderstand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And ado not get drunk with wine, Ifor that is bdissipation, but be cfilled with the Spirit, 19 aspeaking to Ione another in bpsalms and chymns and spiritual dsongs, esinging and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 aalways giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to IbGod, even the Father; 21 Iaand be subject to one another in the IIbfear of Christ.

[15] ILit look carefully aEp 5:2 bCol 4:5
[16] ILit redeeming the time aCol 4:5 bGa 1:4; Ep 6:13
[17] aRo 12:2; Col 1:9; 1Th 4:3
[18] ILit in which is aPv 20:1; 23:31f; Ro 13:13; 1Co 5:11; 1Th 5:7 bTit 1:6; 1P 4:4 cLk 1:15
[19] IOr yourselves aCol 3:16 b1Co 14:26 cAc 16:25 dRv 5:9 e1Co 14:15
[20] ILit the God and Father aRo 1:8; Ep 5:4; Col 3:17 b1Co 15:24
[21] ILit being subject IIOr reverence aGa 5:13; Php 2:3; 1P 5:5 b2Co 5:11

Marriage Like Christ and the Church

22aWives, b[be 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 c[being] 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.

[22] aEp 5:22-6:9: Col 3:18-4:1 b1Co 14:34f; Tit 2:5; 1P 3:1 cEp 6:5
[23] a1Co 11:3 bEp 1:22 c1Co 6:13

25aHusbands, 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 Iin 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 Ibrespects her husband.

[25] aEp 5:28, 33; Col 3:19; 1P 3:7 bEp 5:2
[26] aTit 2:14; He 10:10, 14, 29; 13:12 b2P 1:9 cAc 22:16; 1Co 6:11; Tit 3:5 dJn 15:3; 17:17; Ro 10:8f; Ep 6:17
[27] ILit glorious a2Co 4:14; 11:2; Col 1:22 bEp 1:4
[28] aEp 5:25, 33; 1P 3:7
[30] a1Co 6:15; 12:27 bEp 1:23
[31] aGn 2:24; Mt 19:5; Mk 10:7f
[33] ILit fear aEp 5:25, 28; 1P 3:7 b1P 3:2, 5f


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1 ¶ Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

[1] Lv 11:45; Jr 31:20; Ho 1:10; Mt 5:45, 48; Lk 6:35; Jn 1:12; Ep 4:32; Col 3:12; 1P 1:15; 1Jn 3:1; 4:11.

After general exhortations, to love,

2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

[2] Gn 8:21; Lv 1:9, 13, 17; 3:16; Am 5:21; Mt 20:28; Jn 13:34; 15:12; Ro 8:3; 14:16; 1Co 5:7; 16:14; 2Co 2:15; 5:14; 8:9; Ga 1:4; 2:20; Ep 3:17, 19; 4:2, 15; 5:25; Col 3:14; 1Th 4:9; 1Ti 2:6; 4:12; Tit 2:14; He 7:25; 9:14, 23, 26; 10:10, 12; 1P 2:21; 4:8; 1Jn 3:11, 16, 23; 4:20; Rv 1:5; 5:9.

to flee fornication,

3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

[3] Ex 18:21; 20:17; 23:13; Nu 25:1; Dt 23:17; Jsh 7:21; 1S 8:3; Ps 10:3; 119:36; Pv 28:16; Jr 6:13; 8:10; 22:17; Ezk 33:31; Mi 2:2; Mt 15:19; Mk 7:21, 22; Lk 12:15; 16:14; Ac 15:20; 20:33; Ro 1:29; 6:13; 16:2; 1Co 5:1, 10; 6:9, 10, 13, 18; 10:8; 2Co 12:21; Ga 5:19; Ep 4:19; 5:5, 12; Php 1:27; Col 3:5; 1Th 4:3, 7; 1Ti 2:10; 3:3; 6:10; 2Ti 3:2; Tit 1:7, 11; 2:3; He 12:16; 13:4, 5; 1P 5:2; 2P 2:3, 10, 14; Rv 2:14, 21; 9:21; 21:8; 22:15.

and all uncleanness,

4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

[4] Ps 33:1; 92:1; 107:21; Pv 12:23; 15:2; Ec 10:13; Dn 6:10; Mt 12:34; Mk 7:22; Jn 6:23; Ro 1:28; 2Co 1:11; 9:15; Ep 1:16; 4:29; 5:19; Php 4:6; Col 3:8, 15; 1Th 3:9; 5:18; Phm 1:8; He 13:15; Jm 3:4; 2P 2:7, 18; Jde 1:10, 13.
[5] 1Co 6:9; Ga 5:19, 21; Ep 5:3; Col 3:5; 1Ti 6:10, 17; He 13:4; Rv 21:8; 22:15.
[6] Nu 32:13; Jsh 22:17; 2K 18:20; Ps 78:31; Jr 23:14; 29:8, 31; Ezk 13:10; Mi 3:5; Mt 24:4, 24; Mk 13:5, 22; Ro 1:18; Ga 6:7; Ep 2:2; Col 2:4, 8, 18; 3:6; 2Th 2:3, 10; He 3:19; 1P 2:8; 1Jn 4:1.

not to converse with the wicked,

7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them]. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

[7] Nu 16:26; Ps 50:18; Pv 1:10; 9:6; 13:20; Ep 5:11; 1Ti 5:22; Rv 18:4.
[8] Ps 74:20; Is 2:5; 9:2; 42:6, 16; 49:6, 9; 60:1, 2, 3, 19; Jr 13:16; Mt 4:16; Lk 1:79; 16:8; Jn 1:4, 9; 8:12; 12:36, 46; Ac 17:30; 26:18; Ro 1:21; 2:19; 1Co 1:30; 2Co 3:18; 4:6; 6:14; Ga 5:25; Ep 2:11; 4:18; 5:2; 6:12; Col 1:13; 1Th 5:4; Tit 3:3; 1P 2:9; 1Jn 1:7; 2:8, 9.
[9] Ps 16:2; Jn 1:47; Ro 2:4; 15:14; Ga 5:22; Ep 4:15, 25; 6:14; Php 1:11; 1Ti 6:11; He 1:8; 11:33; 1P 2:24, 25; 1Jn 2:29; 3:9; 3Jn 1:11.
[10] 1S 17:39; Ps 19:14; Pv 21:3; Is 58:5; Jr 6:20; Ro 12:1; 14:18; Php 1:10; 4:18; 1Th 5:21; 1Ti 2:3; 5:4; He 12:28; 1P 2:5, 20.
[11] Gn 20:16; 49:5; Lv 19:17; Jb 24:13; Ps 1:1; 26:4; 94:20; 141:5; Pv 1:31; 4:14; 9:6, 7; 13:18; 15:12; 19:25; 25:12; 29:1; Is 3:10; 29:21; Jr 15:17; Mt 18:15; Lk 3:19; Jn 3:19; Ro 1:22; 6:21; 13:12; 16:17; 1Co 5:9; 10:20; 2Co 6:14; Ga 6:8; Ep 4:22; 5:7; 1Th 5:7; 2Th 3:6, 14; 1Ti 5:20; 6:5; 2Ti 3:5; 4:2; Tit 2:15; 2Jn 1:10; Rv 18:4.
[12] 2S 12:12; Pv 9:17; Ec 12:14; Jr 23:24; Lk 12:1; Ro 1:24; 2:16; Ep 5:3; 1P 4:3; Rv 20:12.
[13] Lm 2:14; Ho 2:10; 7:1; Mi 7:9; Jn 3:20; 1Co 4:5; He 1:13.
[14] Is 26:19; 51:17; 52:1; 60:1; Ezk 37:4; Jn 5:25; 8:12; 9:5; 11:43; Ac 13:47; Ro 6:4, 13; 13:11; 1Co 15:34; 2Co 4:6; Ep 2:5; Col 3:1; 1Th 5:6; 2Ti 1:10; 2:26.

to walk warily,

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is].

[15] Ex 23:13; 2S 24:10; Jb 2:10; Ps 73:22; Pv 14:8; Mt 8:4; 10:16; 25:2; 27:4, 24; Lk 24:25; 1Co 14:20; Ga 3:1, 3; Ep 5:33; Php 1:27; Col 1:9; 4:5; 1Th 5:15; 1Ti 6:9; He 12:25; Jm 3:13; 1P 1:22; Rv 19:10.
[16] Ps 37:19; Ec 9:10; 11:2; 12:1; Am 5:13; Jn 12:35; Ac 11:28; Ro 13:11; 1Co 7:26, 29; Ga 6:10; Ep 6:13, 15; Col 4:5.
[17] Dt 4:6; 1K 3:9; Jb 28:28; Ps 111:10; 119:27; Pv 2:5; 14:8; 23:23; Jr 4:22; Jn 7:17; Ro 12:2; Ep 5:15; Col 1:9; 4:5; 1Th 4:1; 5:18; 1P 4:2.

and to be filled with the Spirit,

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

[18] Gn 9:21; 19:32; Dt 21:20; Ps 63:3; 69:12; Pv 20:1; 23:20, 29; So 1:4; 7:9; Is 5:11, 22; 25:6; 55:1; Zc 9:15; Mt 23:25; 24:49; Lk 11:13; 12:45; 21:34; Ac 2:13; 11:24; Ro 13:13; 1Co 5:11; 6:10; 11:21; Ga 5:21, 22; 1Th 5:7; 1P 4:3.
[19] Ps 47:7; 62:8; 86:12; 95:2; 105:2, 3; 147:7; Is 65:14; Mt 15:8; 26:30; Jn 4:23; Ac 16:25; 1Co 14:26; Col 3:16; Jm 5:13.
[20] Jb 1:21; Ps 34:1; Is 63:7; Jn 14:13; 15:16; 16:23; Ac 5:41; 1Co 1:4; Ep 5:4; Php 1:3; 4:6; Col 1:11; 3:17; 1Th 3:9; 5:18; 2Th 1:3; 2:13; He 13:15; 1P 2:5; 4:11.
[21] Gn 16:9; 1Ch 29:24; 2Ch 19:7; Ne 5:9, 15; Pv 24:21; Ro 13:1; 1Co 16:16; 2Co 7:1; Ep 5:22, 24; Php 2:3; 1Ti 2:11; 3:4; He 13:17; 1P 2:13, 17; 5:5.

he descendeth to the particular duties, how wives ought to obey their husbands,

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing.

[22] Gn 3:16; Es 1:16, 20; 1Co 14:34; Ep 5:24; 6:5; Col 3:18, 22; 1Ti 2:11; Tit 2:5; 1P 3:1.
[23] Ac 20:28; 1Co 11:3; Ep 1:22; 4:15; 5:25; Col 1:18; 1Th 1:10; Rv 5:9.
[24] Ex 23:13; 29:35; Ep 5:33; Col 3:20, 22; Tit 2:7, 9.

and husbands ought to love their wives,

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

[25] Gn 2:24; 24:67; 2S 12:3; Pv 5:18; Mt 20:28; Lk 22:19; Jn 6:51; Ac 20:28; Ga 1:4; 2:20; Ep 5:2, 28; Col 3:19; 1Ti 2:6; 1P 1:18; 3:7; Rv 1:5; 5:9.
[26] Ezk 16:9; 36:25; Zc 13:1; Jn 3:5; 15:8; 17:7, 17; Ac 22:16; 26:18; 1Co 6:11; Tit 2:14; 3:5; He 9:14; 10:10, 22; Jm 1:18; 1P 1:2, 22; 3:21; 1Jn 5:6; Jde 1:1.
[27] Ps 45:13; 87:3; So 4:7; Is 60:15; 62:3; Jr 33:9; 2Co 4:14; 11:2; Ep 1:4; Col 1:22, 28; 1Th 5:23; He 9:14; 12:22; 1P 1:19; 2P 3:14; Jde 1:21, 24; Rv 7:9; 21:10, 27.
[28] Gn 2:21; Mt 19:5; Ep 5:31, 33.
[29] Pv 11:17; Ec 4:5; Is 40:11; Ezk 34:14, 27; Mt 23:37; Jn 6:50; Ro 1:31; Ep 5:31.
[30] Gn 2:23; Ro 12:5; 1Co 6:15; 12:12; Ep 1:23; Col 2:19.
[31] Gn 2:24; Mt 19:5; Mk 10:7; 1Co 6:16.

even as Christ doth his Church.

32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband.

[32] Ps 45:9; So 1:1; Is 54:5; 62:4; Jn 3:29; 2Co 11:2; Ep 6:19; Col 2:2; 1Ti 3:8, 16; Rv 19:7; 21:2.
[33] 1K 1:31; Es 1:20; Ep 5:22, 25, 28; Col 3:19; He 12:9; 1P 3:2, 7.


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