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Ephesians 5

1Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

2And 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.

3But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

4Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

5For 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.

6Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

7Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

8For 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;)

10Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

12For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

13But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

14Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

20Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

21Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

23For 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.

24Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27That 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.

28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

33Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Ephesians 5

 1(A) Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2And(B) walk in love,(C) as Christ loved us and(D) gave himself up for us, a(E) fragrant(F)offering and sacrifice to God. 3But(G) sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness(H) must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4Let there be(I) no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking,(J) which are out of place, but instead(K) let there be thanksgiving. 5For you may be sure of this, that(L) everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous ((M) that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6(N) Let no one(O) deceive you with empty words, for because of these things(P) the wrath of God comes upon(Q) the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore(R) do not become partners with them; 8for(S) at one time you were(T) darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.(U) Walk as children of light 9(for(V) the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10and(W) try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11(X) Take no part in the(Y) unfruitful(Z) works of darkness, but instead(AA) expose them. 12For(AB) it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13But when(AC) anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,(AD) “Awake, O sleeper,
and(AE) arise from the dead,
and(AF)Christ will shine on you.”15(AG) Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16(AH) making the best use of the time, because(AI) the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what(AJ) the will of the Lord is. 18And(AK) do not get drunk with wine, for that is(AL) debauchery, but(AM) be filled with the Spirit, 19addressing one another in(AN) psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20(AO) giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father(AP) in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21(AQ)submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22(AR) Wives,(AS) submit to your own husbands,(AT) as to the Lord. 23For(AU) the husband is the head of the wife even as(AV) Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is(AW) himself its Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit(AX)in everything to their husbands. 25(AY) Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and(AZ) gave himself up for her, 26that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by(BA) the washing of water(BB) with the word, 27so(BC) that he might present the church to himself in splendor,(BD) without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.[a] 28In the same way(BE) husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30because(BF) we are members of his body. 31(BG) “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and(BH) the two shall become one flesh.” 32This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33However,(BI) let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she(BJ) respects her husband.

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 5:27 Or holy and blameless

Cross references:

  1. Ephesians 5:1 : Ephesians 4:32; Matt 5:7, 48; Luke 6:36
  2. Ephesians 5:2 : Rom 14:15; Col 3:14; John 13:34
  3. Ephesians 5:2 : Rom 8:37
  4. Ephesians 5:2 : Rom 4:25
  5. Ephesians 5:2 : Gen 8:21
  6. Ephesians 5:2 : Heb 7:27; 9:14; 10:10, 12
  7. Ephesians 5:3 : 1 Cor 6:18; Gal 5:19
  8. Ephesians 5:3 : Ephesians 5:12; Psalm 16:4
  9. Ephesians 5:4 : Ephesians 4:29; Eccles 10:13
  10. Ephesians 5:4 : Rom 1:28
  11. Ephesians 5:4 : Ephesians 5:20
  12. Ephesians 5:5 : 1 Cor 6:9
  13. Ephesians 5:5 : Col 3:5
  14. Ephesians 5:6 : Matt 24:4
  15. Ephesians 5:6 : Col 2:8
  16. Ephesians 5:6 : Rom 1:18; Col 3:6
  17. Ephesians 5:6 : Ephesians 2:2; 1 Pet 1:14
  18. Ephesians 5:7 : Ephesians 3:6
  19. Ephesians 5:8 : Ephesians 2:1, 2
  20. Ephesians 5:8 : Acts 26:18
  21. Ephesians 5:8 : Isa 2:5; Luke 16:8; John 12:35, 36
  22. Ephesians 5:9 : Gal 5:22; Rom 7:4
  23. Ephesians 5:10 : 1 Thess 2:4; 5:21
  24. Ephesians 5:11 : 1 Cor 5:9
  25. Ephesians 5:11 : Rom 6:21
  26. Ephesians 5:11 : Rom 13:12
  27. Ephesians 5:11 : Lev 19:17; 1 Tim 5:20
  28. Ephesians 5:12 : Ephesians 5:3
  29. Ephesians 5:13 : John 3:20, 21; Ephesians 5:9
  30. Ephesians 5:14 : Isa 51:17; 52:1; 60:1; Mal 4:2; Rom 13:11
  31. Ephesians 5:14 : Isa 26:19
  32. Ephesians 5:14 : Luke 1:78, 79
  33. Ephesians 5:15 : Col 4:5; Prov 15:21
  34. Ephesians 5:16 : Ephesians 5:15
  35. Ephesians 5:16 : Ephesians 6:13; Eccles 12:1; Amos 5:13; Gal 1:4
  36. Ephesians 5:17 : Rom 12:2; 1 Thess 4:3; 5:18
  37. Ephesians 5:18 : Prov 20:1; 23:20, 31; 1 Cor 5:11
  38. Ephesians 5:18 : Titus 1:6; 1 Pet 4:4
  39. Ephesians 5:18 : Luke 1:15
  40. Ephesians 5:19 : Acts 16:25; 1 Cor 14:26; Col 3:16; James 5:13
  41. Ephesians 5:20 : Col 3:17; 1 Thess 1:2; 2 Thess 1:3
  42. Ephesians 5:20 : Heb 13:15; John 14:13
  43. Ephesians 5:21 : Phil 2:3
  44. Ephesians 5:22 : For Ephesians 5:22–6:9, Col 3:18–4:1
  45. Ephesians 5:22 : Gen 3:16
  46. Ephesians 5:22 : Ephesians 6:5
  47. Ephesians 5:23 : 1 Cor 11:3
  48. Ephesians 5:23 : Ephesians 1:22, 23
  49. Ephesians 5:23 : 1 Cor 6:13
  50. Ephesians 5:24 : Col 3:20, 22; Titus 2:9
  51. Ephesians 5:25 : Ephesians 5:28, 33; 1 Pet 3:7
  52. Ephesians 5:25 : Ephesians 5:2
  53. Ephesians 5:26 : Titus 3:5; Rev 7:14
  54. Ephesians 5:26 : Ephesians 6:17; Heb 6:5; John 15:3
  55. Ephesians 5:27 : 2 Cor 11:2; Ephesians 1:4
  56. Ephesians 5:27 : Song 4:7
  57. Ephesians 5:28 : Ephesians 5:25, 33
  58. Ephesians 5:30 : Gen 2:23; 1 Cor 6:15
  59. Ephesians 5:31 : Matt 19:5; Mark 10:7, 8; Gen 2:24
  60. Ephesians 5:31 : 1 Cor 6:16
  61. Ephesians 5:33 : Ephesians 5:25, 28
  62. Ephesians 5:33 : 1 Pet 3:2, 6

Ephesians:

The Ephesian letter is one of Paul’s four “Imprisonment Letters”-Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon being the others. Although addressed to the church in Ephesus, this letter is generally believed to have been a circular discussing the believers’ exalted position through Christ, the Church as the body of Christ, her relationship to God, and practical implications of the Gospel.

Mark 10:1-52


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Mark 10

1And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again.

2And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

3And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?

4And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.

5And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

6But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

7For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;

8And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.

9What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

10And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.

11And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

12And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

13And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.

14But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

15Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

16And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

17And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

18And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

19Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

20And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

21Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

22And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

23And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

24And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

26And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?

27And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

28Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.

29And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,

30But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

31But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

32And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,

33Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:

34And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

35And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.

36And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?

37They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.

38But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?

39And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:

40But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.

41And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.

42But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.

43But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

44And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

45For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

46And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.

47And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.

48And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

49And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.

50And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

51And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

52And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Mark:

The gospel of Mark, the shortest, is also held by most to be the first of the Gospels to be written. A tradition dating from the 2nd century ascribes this book to John Mark, a companion of Peter and also of Paul and Barnabas in their missionary endeavors. The preaching of Peter may well have been the source of most of Mark’s material. Mark accounts for the ministry of Jesus from His Baptism to His Ascension. Most commentaries agree that Mark’s purpose was neither biographical nor historical, but theological: to present Jesus as the Christ, the mighty worker rather than great teacher. Hence, Mark makes fewer references to the Parables and discourses, but meticulously records each of Jesus’ “mighty works” as evidence of His divine power. Mark contains 20 specific miracles and alludes to others. Bible scholars quite generally agree that Mark wrote his Gospel in Rome for the gentiles.

Leviticus 20:1-27


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Leviticus 20

1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.

3And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.

4And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:

5Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.

6And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

7Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.

8And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.

9For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

10And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

11And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

12And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them.

13If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

14And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.

15And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.

16And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

17And if a man shall take his sister, his father’s daughter, or his mother’s daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister’s nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity.

18And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people.

19And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister, nor of thy father’s sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity.

20And if a man shall lie with his uncle’s wife, he hath uncovered his uncle’s nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless.

21And if a man shall take his brother’s wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless.

22Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out.

23And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.

24But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.

25Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.

26And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

27A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.

Chronology of the Book of Leviticus

Ch. 1 Burnt offerings of the herds, flocks, and fowls Text Table
Ch. 2 Meat offerings Text Table
Ch. 3 Peace offerings of the herds and flocks Text Table
Ch. 4 Sin offering of ignorance for the priest, the congregation, for a ruler, or any of the people Text Table
Ch. 5 Trespass offerings for concealing uncleanness, vows, or for sacrilege or sins of ignorance Text Table
Ch. 6 Trespass offerings for sins done wittingly; burnt offerings; meat offerings; sin offerings Text Table
Ch. 7 The law of the trespass offering; the peace offerings; fat and blood are forbidden; the priests’ portion Text Table
Ch. 8 Aaron and sons are consecrated; their sin offering; burnt offering; aspects of their consecration Text
Ch. 9 Aaron’s sin offering and burnt offering for himself and the people Text
Ch. 10 Nadab and Abihu burned; priests forbidden wine when they enter the tabernacle; the law of eating holy things Text
Ch. 11 Of meats clean and unclean Text Table
Ch. 12 Purification of a woman after childbirth; her offerings Text
Ch. 13 Laws and tokens for discerning leprosy Text
Ch. 14 Cleansing of a leper; signs of leprosy in a house; cleansing the house Text
Ch. 15 Unclean issues of men and women; their cleansing Text
Ch. 16 How the priest must enter the holy place; sin offerings for himself and the people; the scapegoat; the feast of expiations Text
Ch. 17 Blood of beasts must be offered at the tabernacle door; eating of blood forbidden Text
Ch. 18 Unlawful marriages and lusts Text
Ch. 19 Various laws Text
Ch. 20 Giving seed to Molech; of going to wizards; of sanctification; of cursing parents; of adultery; incest; sodomy Text
Ch. 21 Priests’ mourning; their holiness; their marriages; blemished priests must not minister in the sanctuary Text
Ch. 22 Unclean priests must abstain from holy things; who may eat the holy things; unblemished sacrifices Text
Ch. 23 Feasts; the Sabbath; the passover; the day of atonement; the feast of tabernacles Text
Ch. 24 Oil for the lamps; the shewbread; of murder; the blasphemer stoned Text
Ch. 25 Seventh year sabbath; the year of jubile; of redeeming servants Text
Ch. 26 Of idolatry; of religiousness; blessings for obedience; curses for disobedience; a promise to the penitent Text
Ch. 27 Concerning vows; the Lord’s firstlings; no devoted thing may be redeemed; the tithe may not be changed Text

Leviticus:

This book was so named because it treats of laws of service and worship of special importance to the Tribe of Levi. It has been aptly called ‘the Handbook of the Priests.” Many basic precepts of the New Testament are foreshadowed in this book, such as the seriousness of sin in God’s sight, the necessity of atonement for sin, the holiness of God, and the necessity of a mediator between God and man.