Ephesians, Chapter 4

I therefore, the prisoner in [the] Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the calling with which you are called,

with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love,

endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

[There is] one body and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling,

one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

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

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

Therefore He says, "When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts to men."

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

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

And truly He gave some [to be] apostles, and some [to be] prophets, and some [to be] evangelists, and some [to be] pastors and teachers,

for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.

And this until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full-grown man, to [the] measure of [the] stature of the fullness of Christ;

so that we no longer may be infants, tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine, in the dishonesty of men, in cunning craftiness, to the wiles of deceit.

But that you, speaking the truth in love, may in all things grow up to Him who is the Head, [even] Christ;

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from whom the whole body, fitted together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to [the] effectual working in the measure of each part, producing the growth of the body to the edifying of itself in love.

This I say therefore, and testify in [the] Lord, that you should not walk from now on as other nations walk, in [the] vanity of their mind,

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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.

For they, being past feeling, have given themselves up to lust, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

But you have not so learned Christ,

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if indeed you have heard Him and were taught by Him, as [the] truth is in Jesus.

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For you ought to put off the old man (according to your way of living before) who is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,

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and be renewed in the spirit of your mind.

And you should put on the new man, who according to God [was] created in righteousness and true holiness.

Therefore putting away lying, let each man speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

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Be angry, and do not sin. Do not let the sun go down upon your wrath,

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neither give place to the Devil.

Let him who stole steal no more, but rather let him labor, working with [his] hands the thing which [is] good, so that he may have [something] to give to him who needs.

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Let not any filthy word go out of your mouth, but if any [is] good to building up [in respect of] need, that it may give grace to the ones hearing.

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And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you are sealed until [the] day of redemption.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and tumult and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

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

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