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    Ephesians

    Aramaic update planned: This book will soon be updated to reflect all the differences found in the Aramaic manuscripts, since this book may have been originally written in Aramaic. They will be marked with this symbol: [Syr] Our translation is created by volunteers, and we are always correcting and refining the text. Learn what [brackets] and other insertions mean.

    About this book A letter to the congregation in Ephesus, Asia Minor from the Apostle Paul – possibly on his behalf by TychiKos, and possibly in Aramaic. Written sometime around 62 CE.

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    1Paul, an Apostle of the Anointed Jesus (by the will of God), to the Holy Ones in Ephesus… Those faithful ones in the Anointed Jesus:2May you receive loving care and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus the Anointed!3Yes, may the God and Father of our Lord Jesus the Anointed One be praised!For He’s blest us with every blessing of his Breath in the heavens through the Anointed One. 4Also, He chose us to be in him – before the foundation of the age, so we could become holy and unblemished before Him in love.5For He’s pre-designated us[Syr] to be adopted sons through Jesus the Anointed One, as it pleases His will, 6in praise of the glory of the loving care that [is shown by] the one through whom He shows His favor upon us… This one whom He loves[, that is, Jesus].7It’s through this one, and his blood, that our ransom has been paid; and it’s through the richness of his loving care that our sins could be forgiven. 8[Also, we’ve received] such an abundance of wisdom and good sense [through him].9For He’s allowed us to understand the mystery of His will, according to His pleasure. He decided [all] this within Himself 10for [the purpose of arranging] an administration, at the appointed time, to renew everything both in heaven and earth via the Anointed One.[Syr]11So, it’s through [Jesus] that we’ve obtained the inheritance that was predetermined by [God’s] purpose for him… Yes, this one, through whom all things are accomplished according to [God’s] council and will!12So those who were the first to put faith in the Anointed One might give praise to his glory. 13[For, he’s the one] through whom you heard the words of truth (the good news about your salvation), [the one] in whom you put faith, and [the one] who’s sealed you with the promised Holy Breath... 14Which is the guarantee that he inherited us through the ransom that he paid to purchase us for his glory and praise.15This is why, when I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus (and of your love for all the Holy Ones), 16I haven’t stopped giving thanks for you!Yes, I keep mentioning you in my prayers, and 17asking the God of our Lord Jesus the Anointed One (the glorious Father) to give you the spirit of wisdom, and to reveal to you an accurate knowledge about Him, 18so that the eyes of your hearts will be enlightened – and you can know the glorious richness of the hope that He’s called you for, and which He holds as an inheritance for the Holy Ones.19O how great His power is towards those of us who are believers – while it operates through the mightiness 20that He demonstrated in the case of the Anointed One, when He raised him from the dead and seated him at His right hand in the heavens – 21far above every government, authority, power, lordship, and above every name that’s been given... Not only in this age, but also in the one that’s coming, 22when He’ll put everything under his feet, and make him the ‘head’ of everything to the called ones, 23those who are his ‘body,’ his fullness, and his completeness.

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    1For you have ‘died’ to the ways of sin and error – 2in which you once walked (the ways of this world) when you used to follow the ruler of the power of the air… The spirit that now operates in the sons of disobedience, 3which is the way we were all once headed as we followed our human desires and did whatever our bodies wanted.Yes, because of the cravings that we once had, we were like everyone else… The natural children of [God’s] wrath!4But due to the love that He has for us, God (who’s so rich in mercy) 5made us alive in the Anointed One while we were still ‘dead’ in our failings.So it’s by His loving kindness that we’ve been saved 6and raised [to life] together, then seated together in the heavens in the Anointed Jesus, 7so that, in ages to come, [God] can show the tremendous richness of His loving care by the kindness that He’s shown towards us through the Anointed Jesus.8Yes, it’s because of [His] loving care that you’ve been saved, through a faith that didn’t come from within yourselves, but as a gift from God!9No, it didn’t come from anything that you’ve done, so you could boast.10Instead, we’re His workmanship… We were created through the Anointed Jesus to do the good things that God previously prepared as the ways we should walk in.11Remember:Although you were once other races in the flesh, and were called ‘the uncircumcised’ by those who were circumcised by hand in the flesh, 12and you were without the Anointed One (you were aliens to the citizens of IsraEl and strangers to the Sacred Agreement of the promise…
    Godless and without any hope in this world)... It was 13through the Anointed Jesus, you who were once far away, have now come to be near to him – via his blood.14So he’s our peace [between us]. For he made the two ([Jews and Gentiles]) one by breaking down the wall that fenced them off from each other.15Through his flesh, he destroyed the hatred [that was brought about by] the Law of Commandments and rules, so that through himself he could take the two, and create a new man – in order to bring about this peace.16Therefore, he brought both [types of] people back to God, [united] as one ‘body’ through the upright [execution stake][Syr] – using himself to destroy the hatred between them!17For when he came, he proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away, and to those who were nearby... 18So that through him, we can all gain access to the Father in [the same] spirit.19As a result, you’re not strangers or aliens anymore! You’re fellow citizens among the Holy Ones, and family members of God’s household!20You’re being built upon the foundation of the Apostles and the Prophets, and the cornerstone is the Anointed Jesus himself!21And through him, the whole building is being fitted together, growing into a Most Holy Place for Jehovah. 22Through the Spirit, you’re being built into a place for The God to dwell!

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    1I give thanks that I (Paul) am a slave of the Anointed Jesus on your behalf… Yes for you – the people among the other races!2Perhaps you’ve heard about the responsibility that I was given (by the loving care of God) concerning you, 3and of how this mystery, that I wrote to you about briefly in the past, was revealed to me.4So as you read on, hopefully you can grasp [how well] I understand the mystery of the Anointed One.5[Although this mystery] wasn’t revealed to past generations of the sons of men, it’s now been revealed through his holy Apostles and Prophets via [God’s] Breath…6[The mystery is this:] That other races will also be fellow heirs, fellow members of the ‘body,’ and fellow partakers of the promise (in the Anointed Jesus), through the Good News.7And I became a servant of this [Good News] through the gift given to me by the loving care of God, and in harmony with His Power.8This loving care was revealed to me (a man who’s less than the least of all the Holy Ones) so that I should preach the good news about the unimaginable richness of the Anointed One to the other races, 9and to shine a light on how this mystery –which was hidden throughout the ages in The God who created all things– shall work out! 10Yes, so that governments and heavenly powers might now learn about the vast wisdom of The God via His called ones. 11[This] has been His age-long purpose through the Anointed Jesus our Lord.12And it’s through our confidence and faith in him that we’ve been given this direction and this freedom to speak out.13It’s also because of this that I’m asking you not to tire of the concern I have for you, because it glorifies you.14For it’s over this that I thankfully bend my knees to the Father 15(out of whom all lines in heaven and on earth get their paternal names) 16to [ask Him to] grant you (by the richness of His glory) the power to become strong in His Spirit, and to make the persons you are on the inside 17alive in the Anointed One, through the faith in your hearts, along with love... And to give you sufficient roots and foundation 18to be able to understand (along with the rest of the Holy Ones) the width, the length, the height, and the depth…19Yes, to recognize the love of the Anointed One (which is more than you can comprehend), and to fill you with all the fullness that can only come from The God!20Now, to the One who, through His power that operates in us, can do far more than anything we can ask or even conceive:21May He be glorified by the called ones and by the Anointed Jesus throughout all generations and into ages of agesMay it be so!

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    1So as a prisoner in the Lord, I’m urging you to be sure that you’re worthy of the calling you’ve received – 2in all humility, gentleness, and patience, while you lovingly put up with each other.3Try hard to recognize the unifying force of [God’s] Breath, and its power to bring you together in peace. 4For there’s just one ‘body’ and one Spirit, according to the one hope you were called towards (when you were called)…5There’s just one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6and one God and Father of everyone, who’s over all, through all, and in all.7Now, the amount of loving care that was shown to each of us depends upon how much of the Gift the Anointed One measured out to us.8For he says:To the highest places, he’s stepped up,And he’s taken captives into captivity;Then, he gave gifts to the people.[Psalm 68:18]9So when it says ‘he stepped up,’ this also means that he first had to step down to the lower places… [that is,] to the earth.10So the one who stepped down, also stepped back up – high above the skies – so he could bring everything to a completion.11Then he assigned some to be Apostles, some to be Prophets, some to be messengers of the Good News, and some to be shepherds and teachers, 12in order to prepare the Holy Ones for the work of serving and strengthening the body of the Anointed One, 13until we all become one in the faith and in knowledge of the Son of The God – to the point where we’re a complete man who fully measures up to the stature of the Anointed One.14Yes, so we won’t be [spiritual] ‘babies’ anymore, being troubled and confused by every breeze of deceitful teachings from people who’ll use any cunning scheme to seduce you.[Syr]15Therefore, while holding onto the truth (and in love), let’s develop in every way into this one who’s the ‘head’ [of the ‘body’] – the Anointed One.16For he brings the whole ‘body’ firmly together at its joints, and supplies enough of the gift to each part according to its needs, so the ‘body’ will grow itself in love.[Syr]17I say and advise this from the Lord:Don’t continue in the same path that the nations are following, because their thoughts are worthless, 18their minds have been darkened to any understanding, and they’re aliens to a god-fearing life because they’re ignorant [of God] and blind in their hearts!19For since they’re cut off from any hope[Syr], they’ve surrendered themselves to debauchery, and greedily doing filthy things.20However, that isn’t what you’ve learned to be true of the Anointed One 21(if you for a fact heard and were taught about him), because truth comes through Jesus.22Therefore, you must get rid of the former man (who’s corrupted by sinful desires) 23and create a new personality.24Then put on this new person… Yes, [someone] created by God in righteousness and true purity.[Syr]25Also, get rid of lying… You must always tell your neighbors the truth, because we’re all fellow ‘body parts’ of each other!26[Yes, you can] get irritated, but don’t sin… For the sun will never set on reasons to be irritated!27Nor should you allow any room for the Slanderer [to act].28So if you’ve been a thief, you shouldn’t steal anymore. Instead, you should work hard and do good things with your hands, so you’ll have something to share with the needy.29Nor should you allow any foul words to come out of your mouths. Instead, use good words that are upbuilding (as needed) to show that you care about everyone who listens to you.30Don’t impede the Holy Breath of The God, with which you’re sealed for the day of salvation.31Yes, get rid of all the bitterness, anger, wrath, screaming, and slandering, and everything bad, 32and be kind to each other… Be sympathetic and graciously forgive each other, as God (through the Anointed One) has graciously forgiven you.

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    1Become imitators of God as His beloved children, 2and keep on walking in love – in the same way that the Anointed One loved you and gave himself up for you, as an offering and a sweet-smelling sacrifice to The God.3Don’t allow sexual immorality or any type of uncleanness or greediness to be even mentioned among you – as would be expected of holy people.4Nor [should you share in] shameful conduct, foolishness, or dirty jokes (which are all unbecoming), but instead, [share] in the giving of thanks.5[For it’s easy] to recognize those who are immoral, unclean, and greedy (which really amounts to being idol worshipers); and you know that such ones won’t receive an inheritance in the Kingdom of the Anointed One and of The God.6So don’t allow anyone to seduce you with empty words; for the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient sons [of mankind] because of things like that!7Therefore, don’t go along with them... 8Because, although you were once dark, you’ve now become light in the Lord!So instead, keep on walking as children of the light!9For the fruitage of light is every sort of goodness, righteousness, and truth… 10Things that prove to be pleasing to the Lord.11So don’t share in the unproductive deeds of darkness. Rather, speak out against them!12It’s shameful to speak about things that are only done in private, 13because everything that the light speaks against is being exposed, since the light illuminates everything.14That’s why it’s said:Wake up, sleepy!Rise from the house of the ‘dead’…Then the Anointed One will shine upon you.[possibly a quote from a hymn]15So you must pay close attention to the ways that you’re walking… That it’s not like foolish ones, but like wise ones. 16Buy the time [to do this], because these are wicked days.17Yes, don’t be foolish, but start learning what the Lord’s will for us is.18And don’t be getting drunk on wine, which leads down an unsavory path. Instead, fill yourselves with the Breath [of God], 19and speak to each other in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs… Sing and create music in your hearts to Jehovah 20in the name of our Lord Jesus the Anointed One.Yes, always give thanks to our God and Father for everything!21You should also submit to each other in the same way that you show reverential fear for the Anointed One.22Wives should submit to their husbands like they would to the Lord, 23because a husband is the head and origin of his wife, just as the Anointed One is the head and origin of the congregation, that is, the savior of that ‘body.’24So, just as the congregation submits to the Anointed One, that’s how wives should [submit] to their husbands in everything.25Men:Love your wives as the Anointed One loved the congregation and gave himself up to make it holy.26He washed it in a bath of water (so to speak), 27in order to present a glorious gathering to himself that doesn’t have any spots, wrinkles, or any such things, but which is holy and without any blemishes.28Yes, that’s how the men should love their wives… As their own bodies.So, the man who loves his wife is really showing love for himself… 29And nobody ever hates his own flesh. Rather, he feeds it and takes pride in it, just as the Anointed One does the congregation.30And we’ve become parts of [Jesus’] ‘body’… Of his very flesh and his bones!31[So as the scripture says]:A man will leave his father and mother and stick with his woman, and the two will become one flesh. [Genesis 2:24]32Now, this is a great mystery, because I’m comparing [the relationship between husbands and wives] to the Anointed One and [his love for] the congregation.33But this is how each man should love his wife… As he does himself.And women should have a reverential fear of their husbands.

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    1Children:Obey your parents in our Lord, because this is righteous. 2Honor your father and mother, for this is the first Commandment that came with a promise:3...that things would go well for you, and that you may live a long time on the land. [Exodus 20:12 or Deuteronomy 5:16]4Fathers:Don’t frustrate your children, but bring them up in the discipline and council of our Lord.5Slaves:Be obedient to those who are your fleshly masters with reverential fear and sincere hearts, like you would to the Anointed One.6Don’t just put on a good show to please men, but as slaves of the Anointed One, do the will of God whole-souled.7Be willing slaves as to the Lord (not of men), 8because you know that whatever good you do will be rewarded by the Lord, whether you’re a slave or a free man.9Masters:Keep on doing the same for [your slaves]… And don’t be threatening them, because you know that there’s a Master who’s over both them and you in the heavens, and He doesn’t recognize any difference [between you].10[To all:]Finally, become powerful in the mightiness and strength of the Lord. 11Put on the complete suit of God’s armor, so that you can resist the methods of the Slanderer.12For our fight isn’t against flesh and blood, but against the governments, the authorities, the mighty ones of this worldly darkness, and against the unseen wicked powers in the heavens.13So because of this, take up the complete suit [that comes from] God, so you can fight in that wicked day and still be found standing.14Yes, stand firm with your hips wrapped in the truth and wearing the breastplate of righteousness!15Wrap your feet and prepare them with the good news of peace.16And above all else, pick up the large shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked one!17Also, accept the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit (which are the things that God has said).18Keep on praying and begging [God] about everything in Spirit throughout each season. Be aware of this, and never stop petitioning [God] on behalf of all the Holy Ones.19Also [pray] for me… That the words may be given to me to open my mouth and speak freely so I can make the mystery of the good news known [to others].20Indeed, that’s why I’m now an ambassador in chains… So that I can speak boldly about these things and to say the things that I’m supposed to say.21Now, so you can know how I’m getting along and what I’m doing, TychiKos (a beloved brother and faithful servant of the Lord) will explain everything to you.22This is why I’m sending him to you… To let you know what’s happening to us and to bring comfort to your hearts.23Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus the Anointed One.24May all those who have an uncorrupted love for our Lord Jesus the Anointed One receive [His] loving care.May it be so!


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