1 I therefore the prisoner of the Lord beseech you, to walk worthy of the calling wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, 3 forbearing one another in love, Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit, by the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, as ye are also called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism: 6 One God, and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in all.
7 But to every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, Having ascended on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it, but that he also descended first to the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same that ascended also, far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, to the edifying the body of Christ; 13 Till we all come to the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we may be no longer children, fluctuating to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the slight of men, by cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive: 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, who is the head, even Christ: 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 member, maketh increase of the body, to the edifying of itself in love.
17 This therefore I say and testify in the Lord, that ye no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles, in the vanity of your mind: 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, by the ignorance that is in them, through the hardness of their hearts: 19 Who being past feeling, have given themselves up to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But ye have not so learned Christ; Since ye have heard him, 21 and been taught by him, (as the truth is in Jesus) To put off, 22 concerning your former conversation, the old man, which is corrupt, according to the deceitful desires: 23 To be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And to put on the new man, which is created after God, in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour; for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath, 27 Neither give place to the devil. 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. 29 Let no corrupt discourse proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good, to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers. 30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil-speaking be put away from you with all malice. 32 And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted; forgiving one another; as God also for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.