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Ephesians 4

1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, call upon you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all humblemindedness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in agape-love, 3 being eager to keep the oneness of the spirit in the bonds of peace:
4 One body and one spirit
Just as you were called in one hope [of your] calling
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and father of everything,
Above all and through all and in all.

7 So to each one [of you] was grace given you according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Therefore it says:

Having ascended to the height he led captivity captive,
He gave gifts to men.

9 Now that he ascended, what is it except that he also descended to the lower parts of the earth? 10 The [one] having descended is he himself who also ascended above all the heavens, in order that he fulfill everything. 11 And he himself gave apostles, and prophets, and good-newsers, and shepherds, and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the holy [ones] for the work of [the] service, to the upbuilding of the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain the oneness of the faith and the knowledge of the son of God, to [a] complete man, to the measure of [the] stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 in order that we no longer be infants, tossed and carried by every wind of teaching, by the sleight of men, [and] by cunning towards the stratagems of deceit, 15 but being truthful in agape-love, let us increase in him [in] everything, who is the head, [even] Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, fitting together and joining together through the provision of every joint according to the working in the measure of each single part, makes the increase of the body to the upbuilding of itself in agape-love. 17 This therefore I saw and I testify in the Lord, that you no longer be walking just as the nations walk in the futility of their mind, 18 having darkened in their intellect, being alienated from the zoe-life1 of God, because of the ignorance being in them, because of the hardening of their hearts, 19 who, having become callous, have delivered themselves up to sensuality for the practice of every uncleanness in greed. 20 But you did not thus learn Christ, 21 if indeed you heard him and were taught in him just as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off [from] you concerning the former manner-of-life the old man which is being corrupted according to the lusts of deceitfulness, 23 to be renewing in the spirit [of your] mind, 24 and to put on the new man having been created according to God in justness and piety of the truth. 25 therefore having put off the false, be each speaking truth with his neighbor, because we are members of one another. 26 Be being angry and be not sinning, let2 the sun not set on your anger, 27 nor be giving place to the devil. 28 The [one] stealing let2 him no longer steal, rather let2 him be laboring, working with his own hands the good [thing], in order that he have to be sharing with the [one] having need. 29 Be letting no foul word be proceeding out [of your] mouth, but what [is] good towards the upbuilding of need3, in order that it give grace to those hearing. 30 And be not paining the spirit of God, in which you were sealed for [the] day of redemption. 31 Let2 every bitterness and passion and anger and shout and slander be removed from you with every evil. 32 But become kind to one another, tender-hearted, being gracious to each other just as even God in Christ was gracious to you.

1from ZOE "ZOH-ay" (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected. Although it means 'life' in the conventional sense (for example: Matt.9:18, Matt.27:63, Luke.2:36, Acts.25:24, Rom.7:2, 2Cor.1:8, 1Thes.4:17, 1Tim.5:10, Rev.19:20), Jesus uses ZOE exclusively of 'life eternal' (with the possible exceptions of Luke.15:13, Luke.16:25). The other N.T. writers use ZOE in both senses—temporal and eternal, generally clear from the context. The Father is the 'zoe-living God' (see Matt.16:16). The Septuagint (LXX) in Gen.2:7 has "...[God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of zoe-life, and the man became a zoe-living psyche-life" (and see 1Cor.15:45); and Gen.3:20 (LXX) "And Adam called his wife's name ZOE, because she was the mother of all zoe-living." Contrast PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. See John.12:25 where both ZOE and PSYCHE occur. Greek also has the word BIOS (βιoς ) for 'life' in the sense of biological processes.


3"need" KHℵ B; "belief" D vg