Christians Should Live In Unity

1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation with which ye are called,

1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,

1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

1 I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received,

1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to live in a way that is worthy of the calling to which you have been called,

2 with all humility and meekness, with tolerance, forbearing one another in love,

2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,

2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love,

2 demonstrating all expressions of humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another in love.

3 being diligent to guard the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

3 diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds [us].

3 Do your best to maintain the unity of the Spirit by means of the bond of peace.

4 There is one body and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling,

4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;

4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope at your calling;

4 There is one body and one Spirit. Likewise, you were called to the one hope of your calling.

5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all, and in you all.

6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, through all, and in all.

Gifted Leaders Bring The Church To Maturity

7 But unto each one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of the Christ.

7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.

7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

7 Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of the Messiah's gift.

7 Now to each one of us grace has been given proportionate to the measure of the Messiah's gift.

8 Therefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men.

8 Therefore it says, "WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN."

8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

8 For it says: When He ascended on high, He took prisoners into captivity; He gave gifts to people.

8 That is why God says, "When he went up to the highest place, he led captives into captivity and gave gifts to people."

9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

9 (Now this expression, "He ascended," what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?

9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

9 But what does "He ascended" mean except that He descended to the lower parts of the earth?

9 Now what does this "he went up" mean except that he also had gone down into the lower parts of the earth?

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all the heavens, that he might fulfill all things.)

10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

10 The One who descended is the same as the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.

10 The one who went down is the same one who went up above all the heavens so that all things would be fulfilled.

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers,

11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

11 And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,

11 And it is he who gifted some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, and still others to be pastors and teachers,

12 for the perfecting of the saints in the work of the ministry, unto the edifying of the body of the Christ

12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

12 for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,

12 to equip the saints, to do the work of ministry, and to build up the body of the Messiah

13 until we all come forth in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the coming of age of the Christ:

13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

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:

13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God's Son, [growing] into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ's fullness.

13 until all of us are united in the faith and in the full knowledge of God's Son, and until we attain mature adulthood and the full standard of development in the Messiah.

14 That we no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive,

14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;

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;

14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit.

14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed like waves and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, or by clever strategies that would lead us astray.

15 but following the truth in charity, let us grow up into him in all things, who is the head, the Christ:

15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,

15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

15 But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head-Christ.

15 Instead, by speaking the truth in love, we will grow up completely and become one with the head, that is, one with the Messiah,

16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and well tied together among itself by the nourishment that every connecting bond supplies, by the operation of each member according to measure they have received, making increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in charity.

16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

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.

16 From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.

16 in whom the whole body is united and held together by every ligament with which it is supplied. As each individual part does its job, the body builds itself up in love.

Appeal For New Behavior

17 This I say, therefore, and require in the Lord that from now on ye not walk as the other Gentiles walk in the vanity of their own senses,

17 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,

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,

17 Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts.

17 Therefore, I tell you and insist on in the Lord not to live any longer like the gentiles live, thinking worthless thoughts.

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,

18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;

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:

18 They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them and because of the hardness of their hearts.

18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart.

19 who, after losing all sense of feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness to work all uncleanness with greediness.

19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.

19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

19 They became callous and gave themselves over to promiscuity for the practice of every kind of impurity with a desire for more and more.

19 Since they have lost all sense of shame, they have abandoned themselves to sensuality and practice every kind of sexual perversion without restraint.

20 But ye have not so learned of the Christ,

20 But you did not learn Christ in this way,

20 But ye have not so learned Christ;

20 But that is not how you learned about the Messiah,

20 However, that is not the way you came to know the Messiah.

21 if so be that ye have heard him and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus,

21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,

21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

21 assuming you heard Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus:

21 Surely you have listened to him and have been taught by him, since truth is in Jesus.

22 that ye put off everything concerning the old way of life, that is, the old man who corrupts himself according to deceitful desires,

22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,

22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

22 you took off your former way of life, the old man that is corrupted by deceitful desires;

22 Regarding your former way of life, you were taught to strip off your old nature, which is being ruined by its deceptive desires,

23 and be renewed in the spirit of your understanding

23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

23 you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds;

23 to be renewed in your mental attitude,

24 and that ye put on the new man, which is created in conformity to God in righteousness and in the holiness of the truth.

24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

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

24 you put on the new man, the one created according to God's [likeness] in righteousness and purity of the truth.

24 and to clothe yourselves with the new nature, which was created according to God's image in righteousness and true holiness.

Old Behavior, New Behavior, And Motivation

25 Therefore, leaving the lie, speak every man truth with his neighbour, for we are members one of another.

25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.

25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

25 Since you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another.

25 Therefore, stripping off falsehood, "let each of us speak the truth to his neighbor," for we belong to one another.

26 Be ye angry and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath,

26 BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

26 Be angry and do not sin. Don't let the sun go down on your anger,

26 "Be angry, yet do not sin." Do not let the sun set while you are still angry,

27 neither give place to the devil.

27 and do not give the devil an opportunity.

27 Neither give place to the devil.

27 and don't give the Devil an opportunity.

27 and do not give the Devil an opportunity to work.

28 Let him that stole steal no more, but rather let him labour, working with his hands that which is good, that he may have to give to him that is in need.

28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.

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.

28 The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need.

28 The thief must no longer steal but must work hard and do what is good with his own hands, so that he might earn something to give to the needy.

29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good for edification, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

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.

29 No rotten talk should come from your mouth, but only what is good for the building up of someone in need, in order to give grace to those who hear.

29 Let no filthy talk be heard from your mouths, but only what is good for building up people and meeting the need of the moment. This way you will administer grace to those who hear you.

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with which ye are sealed for the day of redemption.

30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

30 And don't grieve God's Holy Spirit, who sealed you for the day of redemption.

30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, by whom you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.

31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and evil speaking be taken away from you, with all malice,

31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

31 All bitterness, anger and wrath, insult and slander must be removed from you, along with all wickedness.

31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, quarreling, and slander be put away from you, along with all hatred.

32 and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God has forgiven you in Christ.

32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

32 And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.

32 And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another just as God has forgiven you in the Messiah.

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