THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE|
Saints exhorted to avoid uncleanness and walk uprightlyHusbands and wives should love each other.
BE ye therefore afollowers of God, as dear children;
And awalk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an boffering and a csacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling dsavour.
But afornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh bsaints;
Neither afilthiness, nor bfoolish ctalking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
For this ye know, that no awhoremonger, nor bunclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any cinheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no man adeceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the bwrath of God upon the children of cdisobedience.
Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as achildren of blight:
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all agoodness and righteousness and truth;)
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
And have no afellowship with the unfruitful works of bdarkness, but rather creprove them.
For it is a ashame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee alight.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Wherefore be ye not aunwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
And be not adrunk with wine, wherein is bexcess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and ahymns and spiritual songs, singing and making bmelody in your heart to the Lord;
Giving athanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
aSubmitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
aWives, bsubmit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
For the ahusband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the bhead of the cchurch: and he is the saviour of the body.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
aHusbands, blove your cwives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
That he might asanctify and bcleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
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.
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his awife loveth himself.
For no man ever yet ahated his own bflesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
For we are amembers of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be aone flesh.
This is a great amystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the awife see that she breverence her husband.