Ephesians 5
Catholic Public Domain Version Par ▾ 

Imitators of God

1Therefore, as most beloved sons, be imitators of God. 2And walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and delivered himself for us, as an oblation and a sacrifice to God, with a fragrance of sweetness.

3But let not any kind of fornication, or impurity, or rapacity so much as be named among you, just as is worthy of the saints, 4nor any indecent, or foolish, or abusive talk, for this is without purpose; but instead, give thanks. 5For know and understand this: no one who is a fornicator, or lustful, or rapacious (for these are a kind of service to idols) holds an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

6Let no one seduce you with empty words. For because of these things, the wrath of God was sent upon the sons of unbelief. 7Therefore, do not choose to become participants with them.

Children of Light

8For you were darkness, in times past, but now you are light, in the Lord. So then, walk as sons of the light. 9For the fruit of the light is in all goodness and justice and truth, 10affirming what is well-pleasing to God. 11And so, have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead, refute them. 12For the things that are done by them in secret are shameful, even to mention. 13But all things that are disputed are made manifest by the light. For all that is made manifest is light.

14Because of this, it is said: “You who are sleeping: awaken, and rise up from the dead, and so shall the Christ enlighten you.”

15And so, brothers, see to it that you walk cautiously, not like the foolish, 16but like the wise: atoning for this age, because this is an evil time. 17For this reason, do not choose to be imprudent. Instead, understand what is the will of God. 18And do not choose to be inebriated by wine, for this is self-indulgence. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19speaking among yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual canticles, singing and reciting psalms to the Lord in your hearts, 20giving thanks always for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God the Father.

Wives and Husbands
(Song of Solomon 1:1–17; 1 Peter 3:1–7)

21Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

22Wives should be submissive to their husbands, as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the Church. He is the Savior of his body. 24Therefore, just as the Church is subject to Christ, so also should wives be subject to their husbands in all things.

25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and handed himself over for her, 26so that he might sanctify her, washing her clean by water and the Word of life, 27so that he might offer her to himself as a glorious Church, not having any spot or wrinkle or any such thing, so that she would be holy and immaculate. 28So, too, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29For no man has ever hated his own flesh, but instead he nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ also does to the Church. 30For we are a part of his body, of his flesh and of his bones. 31“For this reason, a man shall leave behind his father and mother, and he shall cling to his wife; and the two shall be as one flesh.” 32This is a great Sacrament. And I am speaking in Christ and in the Church. 33Yet truly, each and every one of you should love his wife as himself. And a wife should fear her husband.

Catholic Public Domain Version

Section Headings Courtesy Berean Bible

Ephesians 4
Top of Page
Top of Page