1 Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed), by the will of God [that is, by His purpose and choice],To the (a)saints (God’s people) (b)who are at Ephesus and are faithful and loyal and steadfast in Christ Jesus:
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
1 From: Paul, an apostle of the Messiah Jesus by God's will. To: His holy and faithful people in Ephesus who are in union with the Messiah Jesus.
2 Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 May grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, be yours!
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah! He has blessed us in the Messiah with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm,
4 just as [in His love] He chose us in Christ [actually selected us for Himself as His own] before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy [that is, consecrated, set apart for Him, purpose-driven] and blameless in His sight. In love
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
4 just as he chose us in the Messiah before the creation of the universe to be holy and blameless in his presence. In love
5 He predestined and lovingly planned for us to be adopted to Himself as [His own] children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the kind intention and good pleasure of His will—
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
5 He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will,
5 he predestined us for adoption to himself through Jesus the Messiah, according to the pleasure of his will,
6 to the praise of His glorious grace and favor, which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved [His Son, Jesus Christ].
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
6 so that we would praise his glorious grace that he gave us in the Beloved One.
7 In Him we have redemption [that is, our deliverance and salvation] through His blood, [which paid the penalty for our sin and resulted in] the forgiveness and complete pardon of our sin, in accordance with the riches of His grace
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
7 In union with him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our offenses, according to the riches of God's grace
8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and understanding [with practical insight]
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
8 that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
8 that he lavished on us, along with all wisdom and understanding,
9 He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ,
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
9 when he made known to us the secret of his will. This was according to his plan that he set forth in the Messiah
10 with regard to the fulfillment of the times [that is, the end of history, the climax of the ages]—to bring all things together in Christ, [both] things in the heavens and things on the earth.
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
10 to usher in the fullness of the times and to bring together in the Messiah all things in heaven and on earth.
11 In Him also we have (d)received an inheritance [a destiny—we were claimed by God as His own], having been predestined (chosen, appointed beforehand) according to the purpose of Him who works everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will,
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
11 In the Messiah we were also chosen when we were predestined according to the purpose of the one who does everything that he wills to do,
12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him as our Lord and Savior] would exist to the praise of His glory.
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
12 so that we who had already fixed our hope on the Messiah might live for his praise and glory.
13 In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as a result] believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit [the One promised by Christ] as owned and protected [by God].(A)
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
13 You, too, have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed in the Messiah, you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
14 The Spirit is the (e)guarantee [the first installment, the pledge, a foretaste] of our inheritance until the redemption of God’s own [purchased] possession [His believers], to the praise of His glory.
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until God redeems his own possession for his praise and glory.
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people,
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
15 This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
15 Therefore, because I have heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers;
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
16 I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.
16 I never stop giving thanks for you as I mention you in my prayers.
17 [I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son].
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the most glorious Father, would give you a wise spirit, along with revelation that comes through knowing the Messiah fully.
18 And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the (f)hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the (g)saints (God’s people),
18 I pray that (AY)the eyes of your heart (x)may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the (AZ)hope of His (BA)calling, what are (BB)the riches of the glory of (BC)His inheritance in (BD)the (y)saints,
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
18 Then, with the eyes of your hearts enlightened, you will know the confidence that is produced by God having called you, the rich glory that is his inheritance among the saints,
19 and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
19 and the unlimited greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his mighty strength,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
20 which he brought about in the Messiah when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realm.
21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human], and [far above] every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come.
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
21 He is far above every ruler, authority, power, dominion, and every name that can be named, not only in the present age, but also in the one to come.
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
22 God has put everything under the Messiah's feet and has made him the head of everything for the good of the church,
23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills and completes all things in all [believers].
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
23 which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills everything in every way.
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