Bible: Ephesians 5:9-6:9

5:9 for the fruit of the light 1  consists in 2  all goodness, righteousness, and truth 5:10 trying to learn 3  what is pleasing to the Lord. 5:11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather 4  expose them. 5  5:12 For the things they do 6  in secret are shameful even to mention. 5:13 But all things being exposed by the light are made evident. 5:14 For everything made evident is light, and for this reason it says: 7 

“Awake, 8  O sleeper! 9 

Rise from the dead,

and Christ will shine on you! 10 

Live Wisely

5:15 Therefore be very careful how you live – not as unwise but as wise, 5:16 taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 5:17 For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise 11  by understanding 12  what the Lord’s will is. 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, which 13  is debauchery, 14  but be filled by the Spirit, 15  5:19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music 16  in 17  your hearts to the Lord, 5:20 always giving thanks to God the Father for each other 18  in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:21 and submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. 19 

Exhortations to Households 20 

5:22 Wives, submit 21  to your husbands as to the Lord, 5:23 because the husband is the head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church – he himself being the savior of the body. 5:24 But as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 5:25 Husbands, love your 22  wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her 5:26 to sanctify her by cleansing her 23  with the washing of the water by the word, 5:27 so that he 24  may present the church to himself as glorious – not having a stain or wrinkle, or any such blemish, but holy and blameless. 25  5:28 In the same way 26  husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 5:29 For no one has ever hated his own body 27  but he feeds it and takes care of it, just as Christ also does the church, 5:30 for we are members of his body. 28  5:31 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become 29  one flesh. 30  5:32 This mystery is great – but I am actually 31  speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 5:33 Nevertheless, 32  each one of you must also love his own wife as he loves himself, 33  and the wife must 34  respect 35  her husband.

6:1 Children, 36  obey your parents in the Lord 37  for this is right. 6:2 Honor your father and mother, 38  which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, 6:3 that it may go 39  well with you and that you will live 40  a long time on the earth.” 41 

6:4 Fathers, 42  do not provoke your children to anger, 43  but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

6:5 Slaves, 44  obey your human masters 45  with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart as to Christ, 6:6 not like those who do their work only when someone is watching 46 as people-pleasers – but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the heart. 47  6:7 Obey 48  with enthusiasm, as though serving the Lord 49  and not people, 6:8 because you know that each person, whether slave or free, if he does something good, this 50  will be rewarded by the Lord.

6:9 Masters, 51  treat your slaves 52  the same way, 53  giving up the use of threats, 54  because you know that both you and they have the same master in heaven, 55  and there is no favoritism with him.

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