1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, invite you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called. 2 Walk with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, putting up with one another in love. 3 Diligently try to keep the unity (oneness) of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling. 5 There is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. 6 There is one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all.
7 But unto each one of us grace was given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Therefore it says: When he ascended on high, he led captives, and gave gifts to men (anthropos: human beings).
9 (Now this, He ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers. 12 This is for the perfecting (equipping) (preparing) of the holy ones, for the work of ministering, for the building up of the body of Christ: 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full-grown (mature) man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. 14 We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error. 15 By speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in all things to him. For he, Christ, is the head. 16 The entire body is properly framed and fitted together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in due measure of each individual part. It makes the body increase by building itself in love.
17 This I say therefore, and testify (affirm) in the Lord, that you no longer walk as the nations also walk, in the vanity (futility) (depravity) of their mind (thinking). 18 They are darkened (blinded) (obscured) in their understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart. 19 They are past feeling. They have given themselves over to loose conduct, to work all uncleanness with greediness (a lust for more).
20 But you did not learn Christ that way. 21 You learned him and were taught by him just as truth is in Jesus. 22 You put away your former way (course) (behavior) (conversation) of life, the old self that was corrupt with the lusts of deceit. 23 You are renewed in the spirit (vital principles) (attitude) of your mind (understanding). 24 Put on the new man, that in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
25 Put away falsehood. Speak truth each one of you with his neighbor: for we are members (belonging to) (together with) of one another. 26 Be angry and do not sin. Do not let the sun go down upon your anger (rage). 27 Do not give the devil an opportunity. 28 He that steals must steal no more. Let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have something to give to someone in need. 29 Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth. Speak what is good for understanding as the need may be, that it may give grace (divine favor) to those who hear. 30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in which (Greek: en hos) (in which) (Greek: hos, he ho) (whereby) (which) you were sealed to the day of release by ransom. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and screaming, and abusive speech, be put away (removed) (expiated) from you, along with all malice. 32 You should be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also forgave you through (by means of) Christ.