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Chapter 5

1So follow God’s example, like his dear children, 2and lead loving lives, just as Christ loved you and gave himself for you, as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3But immorality or any form of vice or greed must not be so much as mentioned among you; that would not be becoming in God’s people. 4There must be no indecency or foolish or scurrilous talk—all that is unbecoming. There should be thanksgiving instead. 5For you may be sure that no one who is immoral, or greedy for gain (for that is idolatry) can have any share in the Kingdom of Christ and God.

6Whatever anyone may say in the way of worthless arguments to deceive you, these are the things that are bringing God’s anger down upon the disobedient. 7Therefore have nothing to do with them. 8For once you were sheer darkness, but now, as Christians, you are light itself. You must live like children of light, 9for light leads to perfect goodness, uprightness, and truth; 10you must make sure what pleases the Lord. 11Have nothing to do with the profitless doings of the darkness; expose them instead. 12For while it is degrading even to mention their secret practices, 13yet when anything is exposed by the light, it is made visible, and anything that is made visible is light. 14So it says,

“Wake up, sleeper!

Rise from the dead,

And Christ will dawn upon you!”

15Be very careful, then, about the way you live. Do not act thoughtlessly, but like sensible men, 16and make the most of your opportunity, for these are evil times. 17So do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18Do not get drunk on wine, for that is profligacy, but be filled with the Spirit, 19and speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and sacred songs. Sing praise to God with all your hearts; 20always give thanks for everything to God our Father, as followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21and subordinate yourselves to one another out of reverence to Christ.

22You married women must subordinate yourselves to your husbands, as you do to the Lord, 23for a husband is the head of his wife, just as Christ is the head of the church, which is his body, and is saved by him. 24Just as the church is in subjection to Christ, so married women must be, in everything, to their husbands. 25You who are husbands must love your wives, just as Christ loves the church and gave himself for her, 26to consecrate her, after cleansing her with the bath in water through her confession of him, 27in order to bring the church to himself in all her beauty, without a flaw or a wrinkle or anything of the kind, but to be consecrated and faultless. 28That is the way husbands ought to love their wives—as if they were their own bodies; a man who loves his wife is really loving himself, 29for no one ever hates his own person, but he feeds it and takes care of it, just as Christ does with the church, 30for we are parts of his body. 31Therefore a man must leave his father and mother and attach himself to his wife, and they must become one. 32This is a great secret, but I understand it of Christ and the church. 33But each one of you must love his wife just as he loves himself, and the wife, too, must respect her husband.

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