4 I exhort you therefore, I the prisoner in the Lord To walk in a manner worthy of the calling wherewith ye were called:—
2 With all lowliness and meekness, With long suffering, Bearing one with another in love,
3 Giving diligence to keep—The oneness of the Spirit in the uniting-bond of peace,—
4 One body and one spirit, even as ye were also called in one hope of your calling,
5 One Lord, one faith, one immersion,
6 One God and Father of all—Who is over all and through all and in all.
7 To each one of you however hath favour been given According to the measure of the free-gift of the Christ;
8 Wherefore he saith—Ascending on high he took captivity captive [And] gave gifts unto men.
9 Now this, He ascended; what is it—save—That he also descended into the under parts of the earth?
10 He that descended he it is who also ascended over-above all the heavens, That he might fill all things;
11 And he gave—Some indeed to be apostles, And some prophets, And some evangelists, And some shepherds and teachers,—
12 With a view to the fitting of the saints For the work of ministering, For an upbuilding of the body of the Christ;
13 Until we all advance—Into the oneness of the faith and the personal knowledge of the Son of God, Into a man of full-growth, Into the measure of the stature of the fulness of the Christ;
14 That we may no longer be infants—Billow-tossed and shifted round with every wind of teaching,—In the craft of men, In knavery suited to the artifice of error;
15 But pursuing truth—May in love grow into him in all things,—Who is the head, Christ,—
16 Out of whom all the body—Fitly framing itself together And connecting itself, Through means of every joint of supply, By way of energising in the measure of each single part—Secureth the growing of the body Unto an upbuilding of itself in love.
17 This therefore am I saying and protesting in the Lord:—That no longer ye walk even as the nations walk—In the vanity of their minds,
18 Being darkened in their understanding, Alienated from the life of God—By reason of the ignorance that existeth within them, By reason of their hearts being turned into stone,
19 Who indeed having become past feeling have delivered themselves up with wantonness unto making a trade of all impurity with greed.
20 Ye however have not thus learned the Christ:—
21 If at least it is him ye have heard And in him ye have been taught—Even as truth is in Jesus,—
22 That ye were to strip off—as regardeth the former behaviour—the old man Who corrupteth himself according to his deceitful covetings,
23 And were to be getting young again in the spirit of your mind,
24 And were to put on the man of new mould Who after God hath been created in his truthful righteousness and lovingkindness.
25 Wherefore stripping off what is false Be speaking truth each one with his neighbour, Because we are members one of another;
26 Be ye angry and not committing sin, Let not the sun be going down upon your angry mood
27 Neither be giving place unto the adversary;
28 Let the stealer no more steal, But rather let him be toiling,—Working with his hands the thing that is good That he may have [wherewith] to be giving away to him that hath need;
29 Let no putrid discourse out of your mouth be going forth, But if anything is good—suited to the needful upbuilding—That it may give benefit unto them that hear;
30 And be not grieving the Holy Spirit of God, Wherewith ye have been sealed unto a day of redemption;
31 All bitterness and wrath and anger and outcry and profane speaking let it be taken away from you, With all baseness;
32 And be ye gracious one to another, tenderly affectionate, in favour forgiving one another—Even as God also in Christ hath in favour forgiven you;