4 1I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you to walk worthily of
the calling wherewith ye were called,
2with all lowliness and meekness,
with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3giving diligence to
keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4There is one
body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your
5one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6one God and Father of
all, who is over all, and through all, and in all.
7But unto each one of
us was the grace given according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8Wherefore he saith, When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive,
And gave gifts unto men.
9(Now this, He ascended, what is it but that he
also descended into the lower parts of the earth?
10He that descended is
the same also that ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all
11And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets;
and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up
of the body of Christ:
13till we all attain unto the unity of the faith,
and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a fullgrown man, unto the
measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14that we may be no
longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of
doctrine, by the sleight of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error;
15but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who
is the head, even Christ;
16from whom all the body fitly framed
and knit together through that which every joint supplieth, according to the
working in due measure of each several part, maketh the increase of
the body unto the building up of itself in love.
17This I say therefore,
and testify in the Lord, that ye no longer walk as the Gentiles also walk, in
the vanity of their mind,
18being darkened in their understanding,
alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them,
because of the hardening of their heart;
19who being past feeling gave
themselves up to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20But ye did not so learn Christ;
21if so be that ye heard him, and
were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus:
22that ye put away, as
concerning your former manner of life, the old man, that waxeth corrupt after
the lusts of deceit;
23and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24and put on the new man, that after God hath been created in
righteousness and holiness of truth.
25Wherefore, putting away falsehood,
speak ye truth each one with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.
26Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27neither give place to the devil.
28Let him that stole steal no
more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is
good, that he may have whereof to give to him that hath need.
corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as
the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear.
not the Holy Spirit of God, in whom ye were sealed unto the day of
31Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and
railing, be put away from you, with all malice:
32and be ye kind one to
another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ