Paul’s Epistle to the

Chapter One
  1. PAUL, an apostle of ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩ by the will of ⟨God⟩, to the faithful in ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩:
  2. Grace be to you, and peace, from ⟨God⟩ our Father, and from the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩.
  3. Blessed be the ⟨God⟩ and Father of our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in ⟨Christ⟩:
  4. According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
  5. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
  6. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
  7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the for­give­ness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
  8. Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
  9. Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
  10. That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in ⟨Christ⟩, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
  11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being pre­destinated according to the pur­pose of him who worketh all thing after the counsel of his own will:
  12. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in ⟨Christ⟩.
  13. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.
  14. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
  15. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩, and love unto all the saints,
  16. Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
  17. That the ⟨God⟩ of our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
  18. The eyes of your understanding being enlight­ened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inher­it­ance in the saints,
  19. And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-‍ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.
  20. Which he wrought in ⟨Christ⟩, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
  21. Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
  22. And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
  23. Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Chapter Two
  1. AND you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
  2. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
  3. Among whom also we all had our conver­sation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
  4. But ⟨God⟩, who is rich in mercy, for his great love where­with he loved us,
  5. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with ⟨Christ⟩, (by grace ye are saved;)
  6. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩:
  7. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩.
  8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of ⟨God⟩:
  9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.
  10. For we are his workmanship, created in ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ unto good works, which ⟨God⟩ hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
  11. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
  12. That at that time ye were without ⟨Christ⟩, being aliens from the common­wealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, without ⟨God⟩ in this world:
  13. But now in ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ye who some­times were far off are made nigh by the blood of ⟨Christ⟩.
  14. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
  15. Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of command­ments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
  16. And that he might reconcile both unto ⟨God⟩ in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
  17. And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
  18. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
  19. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow­citizens with the saints, and of the house­hold of ⟨God⟩;
  20. And built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩ himself being the chief corner stone;
  21. In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the ⟨Lord⟩:
  22. In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of ⟨God⟩ through the Spirit.
Chapter Three
  1. FOR this cause I Paul, the prisoner of ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩ for you Gentiles,
  2. If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of ⟨God⟩ which is given me to you-‍ward:
  3. How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
  4. Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of ⟨Christ⟩)
  5. Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
  6. That the Gentiles should be fellow­heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in ⟨Christ⟩ by the gospel:
  7. Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of ⟨God⟩ given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
  8. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearch­able riches of ⟨Christ⟩;
  9. And to make all men see what is the fellow­ship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in ⟨God⟩, who created all things by ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩:
  10. To the intent that now unto the princi­palities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the mani­fold wisdom of ⟨God⟩,
  11. According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ our ⟨Lord⟩:
  12. In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
  13. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
  14. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩,
  15. Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
  16. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be streng­thened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
  17. That ⟨Christ⟩ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
  18. May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
  19. And to know the love of ⟨Christ⟩, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of ⟨God⟩.
  20. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
  21. Unto him be glory in the church by ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ through­out all ages, world without end. A-men′.
Chapter Four
  1. I THEREFORE, the prisoner of the ⟨Lord⟩, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation where­with ye are called,
  2. With all lowliness and meek­ness, with long­suffering, for­bearing one another in love;
  3. Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
  4. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
  5. One ⟨Lord⟩, one faith, one baptism,
  6. One ⟨God⟩ and Father of all, who is above all, and in you all.
  7. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of ⟨Christ⟩.
  8. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
  9. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
  10. He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
  1. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
  2. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of ⟨Christ⟩:
  3. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of ⟨God⟩, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of ⟨Christ⟩:
  4. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
  5. But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things which is the head, even ⟨Christ⟩:
  6. From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
  7. This I say therefore, and testify in the ⟨Lord⟩, that ye hence­forth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
  8. 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:
  9. Who being past feeling have given them­selves over unto lasciv­ious­ness, to work all unclean­ness with greediness.
  10. But ye have not so learned ⟨Christ⟩;
  11. If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in ⟨Jesus⟩:
  12. That ye put off concerning the former conver­sa­tion of the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
  13. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
  14. And that ye put on the new man, which after ⟨God⟩ is created in righteous­ness and true holiness.
  15. Wherefore putting away lying, Speak every man truth with his neigh­bour: for we are members one of another.
  16. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
  17. Neither give place to the devil.
  18. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
  19. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
  20. And grieve not the holy Spirit of ⟨God⟩, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
  21. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
  22. And be ye kind one to another, tender­hearted, forgiving one another, even as ⟨God⟩ for ⟨Christ’s⟩ sake hath forgiven you.
Chapter Five
  1. BE ye therefore followers of ⟨God⟩, as dear children;
  2. And walk in love, as ⟨Christ⟩ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacri­fice to ⟨God⟩ for a sweet­smelling savour.
  3. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
  4. Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not con­venient: 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 man deceeive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of ⟨God⟩ upon the children of disobedience.
  7. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
  8. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the ⟨Lord⟩: walk as children of light:
  9. (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all good­ness and righteous­ness and truth;)
  10. Proving what is acceptable unto the ⟨Lord⟩.
  11. And have no fellow­ship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
  12. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
  13. But all things that are reproved are made mani­fest by the light: for what­so­ever 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,
  16. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
  17. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the ⟨Lord⟩ is.
  18. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is 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. Giving thanks always for all things unto ⟨God⟩ and the Father in the name of our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩;
  21. Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of ⟨God⟩.
  22. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the ⟨Lord⟩.
  23. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as ⟨Christ⟩ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
  24. Therefore as the church is subject unto ⟨Christ⟩, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
  25. Husbands, love your wives, even as ⟨Christ⟩ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
  26. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
  27. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
  28. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
  29. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the ⟨Lord⟩ the church:
  30. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
  31. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wiife, and they two shall be one flesh.
  32. This is a great mystery: 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 the wife see that she reverence her husband.
Chapter Six
  1. CHILDREN, obey your parents in the ⟨Lord⟩: for this is right.
  2. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first command­ment with promise;
  3. That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
  4. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the ⟨Lord⟩.
  5. Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto ⟨Christ⟩;
  6. Not with eyeservice, as men­pleasers; but as the servants of ⟨Christ⟩, doing the will of ⟨God⟩ from the heart;
  7. With good will doing service, as to the ⟨Lord⟩, and not to men:
  8. Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the ⟨Lord⟩, whether he be bond or free.
  9. And ye masters, do the same things unto them, for­bear­ing threat­en­ing: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
  10. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the ⟨Lord⟩, and in the power of his might.
  11. Put on the whole armour of ⟨God⟩, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
  12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against princi­palities, against powers, against the rulers of the dark­ness of this world, against spiritual wicked­ness in high places.
  13. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of ⟨God⟩, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
  14. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having the breast­plate of righteousness;
  15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
  16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, where­with ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
  17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of ⟨God⟩:
  18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching there­unto with all persever­ance and suppli­cation for all saints;
  19. And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
  20. For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
  21. But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tych′-‍i-‍cus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the ⟨Lord⟩, shall make known to you all things:
  22. Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
  23. Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from ⟨God⟩ the Father and the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩.
  24. Grace be with all them that love our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩ in sincerity. A-men′.
Line upon line, precept upon precept”…
for knowledge shall cease and wisdom fail,
but understanding remains (if gained from the former).