1 [This letter is from] Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, according to God's will, [and is being sent] to the saints [i.e., God's holy people] at Ephesus [Note: This was a major city in the western province of Asia Minor, and now a part of Turkey. The words "at Ephesus" are omitted in some manuscripts, suggesting it was a circular letter], and the faithful ones in [fellowship with] Christ Jesus [everywhere else ?].
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 May you have unearned favor and peace 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 May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be praised, for He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in [fellowship with] Christ. [Note: The term "heavenly realms" is used somewhat differently throughout this book. Here it refers to Christians as part of the church on earth].
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 Even before the creation of the world God chose us, who are in [fellowship with] Christ, to be dedicated [to Him] and to be without just blame in His sight. Out of 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 God predetermined that we should be [considered] His adopted children through [fellowship with] Christ. This is what pleased God and is what He wanted,
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 so that we would praise His glorious, unearned favor, which was freely given to us through the One whom God loved [i.e., 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 [fellowship with] Christ we have redemption [i.e., we have been bought back from Satan] through His blood, and have forgiveness of sins according to the abundance of God's unearned favor,
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. [He used] wisdom and understanding,
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 in doing what He intended through Christ, to make known to us His secret plan, according to what pleased Him.
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 [He did this] to fulfill His plan at the proper time, by bringing together everything [in the universe] under Christ's headship --- things both in heaven and on 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 It is in [fellowship with] Christ that we [Jewish Christians] also were selected as [God's] inheritance [i.e., to receive His never ending blessings], having been predetermined according to the plan of God, who works out everything in harmony with what He wants.
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 The end [i.e., of being so predetermined] was that we [Jewish Christians], who had previously placed our hope in Christ, should bring about the praise of God's splendor.
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 You [Gentiles] also, who are in Christ, after having heard the message of truth, the good news about your salvation, and [after] believing in Him, were sealed [i.e., as evidence of ownership] with the promised Holy Spirit. [or, "the Holy Spirit who brings promises"].
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 He is a down payment of our inheritance, until God's own possession [i.e., His people] receives redemption. [Note: Here "redemption" refers to receiving a new body in heaven]. May this bring about praise to God's splendor.
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 also, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of the saints [i.e., God's holy 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 stop thanking [God] for you. I keep asking, 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 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, will give you a spirit [i.e., a disposition] of wisdom and revelation [or, "give you the spiritual gifts of wisdom and revelation"], so you can have full knowledge of God.
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 I pray that your minds will be enlightened so that you will know what the hope is, to which God has called you, and what the glorious abundance is, of God's inheritance in the saints [Note: Paul wanted them to appreciate the value God placed on them],
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 what God's tremendous power [working] in us believers is. [This power is] the same as that utilized by God's 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 exerted when raising Christ from the dead and seating Him at His right side in the heavenly realms [i.e., heaven itself].
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 [There He is exalted] high above all rulers and authorities and powers and dominion and every name [i.e., title of honor] that can be given, not only in this present age 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 God placed everything in subjection under His [i.e., Christ's] feet, and appointed Him to be head over all things to the church,
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 [spiritual] body. The church is completely filled by Christ [or, "Christ is completely filled by God"], who completely fills everything in every way.
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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