Copyright 2000  DSOTO--

by Keith Hepworth








1  PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,
   Writing unto the saints which are at Ephesus,
   And unto the faithful in Christ Jesus;
2  Grace be unto you, and peace,
   From God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
   Who hath blessed us in Christ with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places,
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 unto 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 our sins,
   According to the riches of his grace which he lavished upon 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 fullness 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 in whom also we have obtained an inheritance,
   Being predestinated according to the purpose of him,
   Who worketh all things 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 ye heard the word, 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; wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus,
   And love unto all the saints, 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 Having the eyes of your understanding enlightened,
   That ye may know what is the hope which he has called you,
   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, which he hath wrought in Jesus 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 in the promised world which is to come;
22 And hath put all things under his feet,
   And gave him to be the head over all things in the church,
23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth everything in every way.


1  AND you hath he made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to this world,
   According to the prince of the power of the air,
   The spirit that now worketh disobedience;
3  Among whom we all had conversations,
   In times past in the lusts of our flesh,
   Fulfilling the desires of the flesh and 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 in heavenly places in Christ Jesus;
7  That in the ages to come he might show exceeding riches of his grace,
   In his kindnesses towards 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  And not only of our good 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; wherefore remember,
   That ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called the Uncircumcision,
   By those which are 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,
   Strangers from the covenants of promise,
   Having no hope, and without God in the world;
   But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off,
   Are made nigh again by the blood of Christ; for he is our peace,
   Who hath made us as one, and hath broken down the walls of our partition;
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; and came and preached peace,
   Unto all of you which were afar off,
   And to them that were nigh; for through him,
   We both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners,
   But fellow citizens with the saints, of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the sure foundation of the apostles and prophets,
   Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone; in whom the building,
   Fitly framed together groweth into an holy temple in the Lord;
22 In whom ye also are built together,
   For an habitation of God through the Spirit.


1  FOR this cause, I Paul, am the prisoner of Jesus Christ among you Gentiles;
2  For ye 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 generations of time 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 fellow heirs, 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 Jesus Christ;
9  And to make plain unto all men 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 hath 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; 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 graciously grant you, according to the riches of his glory,
   To be strengthened with his 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, 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 surpasseth all knowledge,
   That ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly unto us,
   Above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.


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  In one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all,
   Who is above all, and through 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 hath said, Thou hath ascended up on high,
   Thou led captivity captive; thou hast received gifts for men.
9  And now that he hath ascended, what is it but that he also descended,
   First into the lower parts of the earth? he who descended is the same also,
   Who ascended up into heaven, to glorify him that reigneth over all of the heavens,
   That he might fill all things; and he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets;
   And some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints,
   For the work of the ministry,
   For the edifying of the body of Christ;
13 Till we, into the unity of the faith, all come,
   Unto the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man;
   And also unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
14 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 craft,
   Whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love,
   May grow up into him in all things,
   Which is the head of the church, even Christ;
16 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.
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk,
   Not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 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;
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves unto lasciviousness,
   To work all uncleanness, and with greediness for more.
20 But ye have not so learned Christ that way,
21 Assuming that ye have learned him,
   And have been taught in him;
   For the truth is in Jesus.
22 And now I speak unto you,
   Concerning your former way of life,
   And by exhortation, that ye put off the old man,
   Which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts of the spirit;
23 And be renewed in the mind by the Spirit; and also that ye put on the new man,
   Which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness; wherefore put away lying;
   Speak every man truth with his neighbor; for we are members one of another; can ye be angry,
   And sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath; neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more; but rather let him labor,
   Working with his hands for the things which are good,
   That he may have, to give to him that needeth.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,
   But that which is good unto edifying, that it may minister unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking,
   Be put away from you, along with all malice;
32 And be ye kind one to another,
   Tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
   Even as God, for Christ's sake, hath forgiven you.


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 sweet smelling savor.
3  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness,
   Let it not be once named among you, as becometh all goodly saints;
4  Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient;
   But rather giving of thanks; for this ye know, that no whoremonger,
   Nor unclean person, nor covetous man, such as an idolater,
   Hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
6  Let no man deceive 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; 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; 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 darkness 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 the wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise,
   But understanding of what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking unto yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
   Singing and making melody in your heart unto 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 unto another in reverence unto 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 savior of the body; therefore as the church is subject unto Christ,
   So let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives,
   Even as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it;
   That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it unto himself a glorious church, not having a 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;
   For he that loveth his wife also 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 all members of his body,
   Of his flesh, of his bones, and of his blood.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother,
   And shall be joined unto his wife, and they 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.


1  CHILDREN, obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right.
2  Honor thy father and mother, which is the first commandment with a 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 unto wrath;
   But bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
5  Servants, be obedient unto them that are your masters according to the flesh,
   With fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as unto Christ;
6  Not only with eye service, as man-pleasers do;
   But as the servants of Christ,
   Doing the will of God from the heart;
7  With good will, doing service, as unto the Lord and not unto men;
8  Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord,
   Whether he be bond or free; and, ye masters, do the same things unto them,
   Forbearing threatening; knowing that your Master is in heaven,    
   And that there is no respecting 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 armor 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 darkness of this world,
   Against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto your defense the whole armor of God,
   That ye may be able to withstand the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And having your feet shod with the readiness of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking upon you 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 power and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto,
   With all perseverance and supplication for the welfare of all saints;
19 And also 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 of Christ 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; Tychicus,
   A beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord,
   Shall make known unto you all things;
22 Whom I have sent unto you,
   For this very purpose,
   That ye might know our affairs,
   And that he might comfort your hearts.
23 Peace be unto the brethren, and love, with faith,
   From God the Father and his son, even the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.