Ephesians 5 Worsley - Be ye therefore imitators of God as his dear children; and



1 Be ye therefore imitators of God as his dear children; and walk in love, 2 even as Christ hath loved us, and given Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of sweet perfume. 3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or inordinate desire, let it not be even named among you; for so it becometh saints: 4 nor ribaldry, nor buffoonery, nor wanton jesting, which are not meet: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, (who is an idolater,) hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no one deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Therefore be not partners with them. 8 For ye were heretofore darkness, but now ye are light in the Lord: 9 walk therefore as children of light, (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth,) 10 approving what is well-pleasing to the Lord. 11 And have no communion with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to relate the things that are done by them in secret. 13 But all things to be reproved: are made manifest by the light: for whatever doth make manifest, is light. 14 Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise men: 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be not thoughtless, but consider what is the will of the Lord. 18 And be not drunk with wine, in which there is riotous excess; but be filled with the Spirit:
19 speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord: 20 always giving thanks for all to God even the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: 21 submitting yourselves to each other in the fear of God.
22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord: 23 for the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and the saviour of that body. 24 As the church then is subject to Christ, so also should wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave up Himself for it: 26 to sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might prepare it for Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing: but that it should be holy and unblameable. 28 Men ought so to love their wives, as their own bodies: he that loveth his wife, loveth himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord also doth the church: 30 for we are members of his body, as if taken out of his flesh, and of his bones, as Eve was out of Adam's.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This mystery is great: but I speak concerning Christ and the Church. 33 Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and let the wife reverence her husband.