Ephesians 4 MSTC - I therefore which am in bonds for the Lord's sake, exhort



1 I therefore which am in bonds for the Lord's sake, exhort you, that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 in all humbleness of mind, and meekness, and long suffering, forbearing one another through love, 3 and that ye be diligent to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace, 4 being one body, and one spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling. 5 Let there be but one Lord, one faith, one baptism: 6 one God and father of all, which is above all, through all, and in you all.
7 Unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, "He is gone up on high, and hath led captivity captive, and hath given gifts unto men."
9 That he ascended: what meaneth it, but that he also descended first into the lowest parts of the earth? 10 He that descended, is even the same also that ascended up, even above all heavens, to fulfill all things. 11 And the very same, made some Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists, some Shepherds, some Teachers: 12 that the saints might have all things necessary to work and minister withal, to the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we, everyone - in the unity of faith, and knowledge of the son of God - grow up unto a perfect man, after the measure of age which is of the fullness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, wavering and carried with every wind of doctrine, by the wiliness of men and craftiness, whereby they lay a wait for us to deceive us. 15 But let us follow the truth in love, and in all things grow in him which is the head, that is to say Christ, 16 in whom all the body is coupled and knit together, in every joint, wherewith one ministereth to another - according to the operation as every part hath his measure - and increaseth 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 vanity of their mind, 18 blinded in their understanding, being strangers from the life which is in God, through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts. 19 Which, being past repentance, have given themselves unto wantonness, to work all manner of uncleanness even with greediness.
20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be ye have heard of him, and are taught in him, even as the truth is in Jesus: 22 so then, as concerning the conversation in time past, lay from you that old man, which is corrupt through the deceivable lusts, 23 and be ye renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and put on that new man, which after the image of God is shapen in righteousness, and true holiness.
25 Wherefore, put away lying, and speak every man truth unto his neighbor, forasmuch as we are members one of another. 26 Be angry, but sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath, 27 neither give place unto the backbiter. 28 Let him that stole, steal no more; but let him rather labour with his hands some good thing, that he may have to give unto him that needeth. 29 Let no filthy communication proceed out of your mouths: but that which is good to edify withal, when need is, that it may have favour with the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy spirit of God, by whom ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, fierceness and wrath, roaring and cursed speaking, be put away from you, with all maliciousness. 32 Be ye courteous one to another, and merciful, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake forgave you.