THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
1 Be therefore 1aimitators of God, as beloved children;
2 And awalk in 1blove, even as 2Christ also cloved 3us and gave Himself up for us, an 4offering and a 4dsacrifice to God for a 5esweet-smelling savor.
3 But 1afornication and all uncleanness or greediness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for 2saints,
4 And aobscenity and foolish talking or sly, filthy jesting, which are not becoming, but rather the 1bgiving of thanks.
5 For this you 1realize, 2knowing that every fornicator or unclean person or greedy person (who is an idolater) has no inheritance in the 3akingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no one deceive you with avain words, for because of these things the bwrath of God is coming upon the csons of disobedience.
7 Therefore do not be apartakers with them;
8 For you were aonce 1bdarkness but are now 1clight din the Lord; 2ewalk as 3fchildren of light
9 (For the afruit of the light consists in all 1goodness and brighteousness and ctruth),
10 aProving what is well pleasing to the Lord.
11 And do not aparticipate in the 1unfruitful bworks of darkness, but rather even 2creprove them.
12 For the things which are done by them in secret it is shameful even to speak of.
13 But all things which are 1areproved are made manifest by the light; for everything that makes bmanifest is light.
14 Therefore He says, aAwake, 1sleeper, and barise from the cdead, and 2Christ will dshine on you.
15 1Look therefore carefully how you awalk, not as unwise, but as bwise,
16 1aRedeeming the time, because the 2bdays are evil.
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but 1aunderstand what the bwill of the Lord is.
18 And do not be 1drunk with awine, in which is dissoluteness, but be 1bfilled in cspirit,
19 1Speaking to one another in 2apsalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and psalming with your heart to the Lord,
20 aGiving thanks 1at all times for all things 2in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our God and Father,
21 Being 1asubject to 2one another in the 3fear of Christ:
C. The Living Needed in Ethical Relationships
1. Between Wife and Husband
22 1aWives, be bsubject 2to your 3own husbands as to the Lord;
(A Type of the Church and Christ
23 For a husband is 1ahead of the wife as also Christ is bHead of the church, He Himself being the 2Savior of the Body.
24 1But as the church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be subject to their husbands in 2everything.
25 Husbands, 1alove your wives even 2as Christ also bloved the church and gave Himself up for her
26 That He might 1asanctify her, cleansing her by the 2bwashing of the 3water in the 4cword,
27 That He might 1apresent the 2bchurch to Himself 3glorious, not having 4spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be 5choly and dwithout blemish.
28 In the same way the husbands also ought to alove their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his own wife loves himself.
29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but 1anourishes and bcherishes it, even as Christ also the church,
30 Because we are amembers of His bBody.
31 aFor this cause a man shall 1leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be 2bone flesh.
32 This amystery is great, but I speak with regard to 1Christ band the church.
33 Nevertheless you also, each one of you, in the same way alove 1your own wife as yourself; and the wife should 2bfear her husband.