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The Apostle Paul's epistle to the Ephesians.

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Is unclean ακαθαρτος / ακαθαρτον in the NT the same as in the OT LXX of the Law (Pentateuch)?

In reading the New Testament Epistles the words rooted in ακαθαρτ translated 'unclean' in the KJV are listed among sinful actions: Ephesians 5:5  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean ...
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Ephesians 4 - Descriptive and Isolated or Applicable Today?

The Spiritual Giftings listed in Ephesians four "Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd and Teacher," was Paul outlining what he saw happening in Ephesus, or was he laying out a framework for gifts ...
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Is John 17:22 an allusion to Genesis 2:24?

[John 17:21-23 KJV] (21) That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (22) And the glory ...
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What does “even as” mean in Ephesians 1:4?

Ephesians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the ...
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In 1 Corinthians 2:12 what is the “spirit of the world”?

[1 Corinthians 2:12 KJV] Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. [1 Cor 2:12 ...
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In 1 Corinthians 9:9;13 why does Paul quote the Torah for justifying fiscal support from the church?

All quotes from the NASB In canvassing for fiscal support from the church the apostle Paul quotes the Torah to buttress his narrative 1 Corinthians 9:9-10 [9]For it is written in the Law of ...
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Order of action in two verses from Ephesians chapter 1 and 4

I find it hard to understand the order of action of the verbs in two separate verses from Ephisians chapter 1 and 4: Chapter 1 verses 17-18: ἵνα ὁ θεὸς τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ ὁ πατὴρ τῆς δόξης ...
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Ephesians 1:18 - Two ideas or three?

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the ...
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In Ephesians what does Paul mean by “world without end”?

[Eph 3:21 KJV] 21 Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. [Eph 3:21 mGNT] αὐτῷ ἡ δόξα ἐν τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ καὶ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ εἰς πάσας τὰς ...
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Did Paul indicate in Ephesians 1:3 and Colossians 1:13 that he was writing from Heaven? [closed]

The brilliant, learned and compassionate Goethe and Nobel Prize winning Dr. Albert Schweitzer, in his book "The Search for the Historical Jesus" concluded that Jesus' prophecies concerning his visible ...
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Why do 1 Corinthians 15 and Ephesians 1 seem to disagree about Christ's future role?

In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul has a terminus for Christ's reign, which is when death has been put under his feet: [1Co 15:24-28 CSB] 24 Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the ...
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What changed between 1 Corinthians 15:24ff and Ephesians 1:22?

In 1 Corinthians 15:24ff Paul suggests that Jesus is at the beginning of the process of ruling: [1Co 15:22-28 CSB] 22 For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But ...
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In Ephesians 2:6 is Paul suggesting that the rapture of 2 Thessalonians 2:17 is a spiritual event?

In Ephesians Paul speaks of resurrection in "spiritual" term: [Eph 2:6 NLT] 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united ...
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In 2 Timothy 4:7 what does Paul's farewell checklist mean to Timothy?

Paul, while performing his pre-flight check looks at three items that indicate to him that he's ready to leave. I have always tended to look at these as the ways that he had "achieved" his reward of ...
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Are the both works of Ephesians 2:8-10 works of the Torah?

Eph 2:8-10  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus ...
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Why so many differing Greek words rendered “one”?

Ephesians 4:4-6 (MLVBL) There is one ἓν body and one ἓν Spirit, just-as you were also called in one μιᾷ hope of your calling; one εἷς Lord, one μία faith, one ἓν immersion, one εἷς God and Father of ...
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In Ephesians 2:2 is Paul speaking of “the course” of the world or “Aeon of the world”?

NIV Eph 2:2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. MGNT 2:2 ἐν ...
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Why does Paul start with the subject matter of Ephesians 5:3-5 immediately after Ephesians 5:1-2?

Ephesians 5 starts with: Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (v1-2, ESV) ...
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How do you translate οἱ καθ’ ἕνα? (Ephesians 5:33)

I'm having some problems understanding and translating Ephesians 5:33. 33 πλὴν καὶ ὑμεῖς οἱ καθ’ ἕνα, ἕκαστος τὴν ἑαυτοῦ γυναῖκα οὕτως ἀγαπάτω ὡς ἑαυτόν, ἡ δὲ γυνὴ ἵνα φοβῆται τὸν ἄνδρα. 33 ...
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What does “ἐν ῥήματι” mean in Ephesians 5:26?

I'm trying to understand Ephesians 5:25-6 and here is my rough translation below. 25 Οἱ ἄνδρες, ἀγαπᾶτε τὰς γυναῖκας, καθὼς καὶ ὁ Χριστὸς ἠγάπησεν τὴν ἐκκλησίαν καὶ ἑαυτὸν παρέδωκεν ὑπὲρ αὐτῆς, ...
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Does “all things” always mean the same in these seven verses?

John 1:3 All thingsπάντα were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all thingsπάντα into his hand. Romans 11:36 For ...
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Why is the word 'anti' used in Ephesians 5:31 instead of 'heneka' when quoting Genesis 2:24?

Both Ephesians 5:31 and Matthew 19:5 quote Genesis 2:24: 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' However in ...
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In Ephesians 5:2 and 5:25 what does Paul mean by ἑαυτὸν παρέδωκεν ὑπὲρ αὐτῆς?

Ephesians 5:2 and 5:25 are normally taken to refer to Christ dying for the Assembly ("Church"): Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] Ephesians 5:2 καὶ περιπατεῖτε ἐν ἀγάπῃ, καθὼς καὶ ὁ χριστὸς ...
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In Ephesian 5:27 what does Christ “present to himself”?

I was struck with the oddness of a groom "presenting" one's bride "to himself" as it doesn't match our culture where the father of the bride "gives away" his daughter. As I looked at this familiar ...
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In Ephesians 3:17 are the saints becoming rooted and established or already rooted and established in love?

Regarding Ephesians 3:17, "And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love": 1) Was Paul saying that the Ephesians were already rooted and established in love, or was he praying that they ...
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Is δέ in Eph. 5:32 an adversative or copulative particle?

Eph. 5:32: This is a great sacrament; but [autem / δὲ] I speak in Christ and in the church. Some English translations say "and" instead of "but". Translating "δὲ" as "but" would seem to exclude ...
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Who all is an idolater according to Ephesians 5:5?

In Ephesians 5:5 (NIV) we read: For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. On initially ...
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Should it be be ἐν or ἐστιν in Galatians 5:22 & Ephesians 5:9?

The Apostle Paul uses the verb ἐστιν when expressing the "Fruit of the Spirit" in Galatians 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, ...
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Who is being referred to as Εις ανδρα τελειον in Ephesians 4:13?

Ephesians 4:13 (NKJV) 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; Ephesians 4:...
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Ephesians 2:8, why is “πίστις” in the Genitive?

Sorry if this seems like a dumb question but I am not well versed with N.T. Greek Grammar, but I am decently versed with Germanic grammar, which is probably too different in some cases to be ...
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What's the overall meaning of Ephesians 3:21? Do I understand it accurately?

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding the Greek of Ephesians 3:21. 3:21 αὐτῷ ἡ δόξα ἐν τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ καὶ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ εἰς πάσας τὰς γενεὰς τοῦ αἰῶνος τῶν αἰώνων, ἀμήν. to Him [is] the ...
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Is the addition of “you” in Ephesians 3:13 really necessary?

It seems to be a tradition dating back to the Vulgate to translate the Greek infinitive ἐγκακεῖν with a second-person pronoun or a second-person verb. Examples include: "[you] not to faint" (YLT), "ye ...
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Which verb/participle governs this phrase? (Ephesians 2:14-15)

The verses 2:14-15 in Ephesians are a little confusing when I attempt to translate them. For one thing, the ESV translation is disappointing, as it joins two phrases into one therefore losing the ...
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Is this pleonasm: “according to the power of his might”? (Ephesians 1:19 YLT)

I'm translating Ephesians 1:19, and at the very end there's a phrase that seems like pleonasm. 19 καὶ τί τὸ ὑπερβάλλον μέγεθος τῆς δυνάμεως αὐτοῦ εἰς ἡμᾶς τοὺς πιστεύοντας κατὰ τὴν ἐνέργειαν τοῦ ...
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Does ἐν αὐτῷ in Ephesians 1:9 refer to Father or Son?

I'm translating Ephesians 1:9 and having a bit of trouble with the phrase ἐν αὐτῷ. I don't know whether the pronoun refers to God the Father or Christ the Son. To compound my confusion, the YLT ...
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What are some arguments for and against translating τοῖς ἁγίοις as “the saints”? How does it get translated in recent times? (Ephesians 1:1)

Here is Ephesians 1:1 (in Greek) and my translation. 1:1 Παῦλος ἀπόστολος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ διὰ θελήματος θεοῦ τοῖς ἁγίοις τοῖς οὖσιν [ἐν Ἐφέσῳ] καὶ πιστοῖς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ,1 Paul, an apostle ...
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How do we reconcile Eph 2:8-9 with Rom 2:6-7

How do we reconcile Eph 2:8-9 with Rom 2:6-7?To the Ephesians Paul says: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, ...
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The subtle change in meaning of “The Circumcision” in ESV Ephesians 2:11

Most translations use quotes around "the circumcision", (NIV, NASB, NRSV, HCBS). i.e. NIV: Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who ...
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When is the “ruler of this world” driven out? Jn 12:31

NIV John 12:31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince [ruler] of this world will be driven out. In that verse he was speaking about his upcoming crucifixion. But in Ephesians, ...
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In Ephesians 5:19, do “singing” and “making melody with your heart” have two different meanings?

Ephesians 5:19 (NASB) speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; "singing" translates Strong's #103 - ᾄδω - áidō - verb "...
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In Ephesians 6:15 what does Paul mean by the “preparation of the gospel of peace”?

NET Bible Eph 6:15 by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace, What is Paul comparing to footwear? Preparation? What kind of preparation comes from the gospel? ...
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In Ephesians 6 does Paul's imagery of the armor of God refer to an apocalyptic conflict ala Wisdom of Solomon chapter 5?

BLB Ephesians 6:10-18: Henceforth be empowered in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the complete armor of God, for you to be able to stand against the schemes of the devil, 12 ...
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Fruit of the 'Spirit' or 'Light' in Ephesians 5:9?

Ephesians 5:9 [9]_ ὁ γὰρ καρπὸς τοῦ φωτὸς ἐν πάσῃ ἀγαθωσύνῃ καὶ δικαιοσύνῃ καὶ ἀληθείᾳ _ (KJV)Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) ...
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Does the Bible render the Holy Spirit as a person in Ephesians?

Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV) notes: Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God'...
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How should Ephesians 3:15 be understood?

Ephesians 3:15: ἐξ οὗ πᾶσα πατριὰ ἐν οὐρανοῖς καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς ὀνομάζεται (NA 28) from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named (ESV) The ESV adds this footnote to the word family: Or from ...
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In Ephesians 3:5, could «τοῖς ἁγίοις ἀποστόλοις αὐτοῦ καὶ προφήταις» be categorized as an instrumental dative?

In Ephesians 3:5, we read how God has “now revealed [the previously hidden mystery; cp. v. 3] unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.” Here the mystery is the object (the thing being ...
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Ephesians 4:30 - What does Paul mean by “grieve” the Holy Spirit?

Ephesians 4:30 (NASB) Do not grieve λυπέω the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. What is Paul warning Christians not to do - exactly? I am hoping for support ...
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Is the use of ἀγάπη (agape) and ἀγαπάω (agapao) evidence the Gospel and Letters of John were written from Ephesus?

John reports Jesus gave a new command which would identify followers of Jesus Christ: A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love (ἀγαπᾶτε) one another; as I have loved (ἠγάπησα) you, that ye ...
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In Ephesians 1:11 how should προορισθέντες (IE: “predestined”) be translated?

When comparing the translations of Ephesians 1:11, the word "predestined" is often translated as "planned in advance" or "ordained", but the footnotes agree that it is "predestined." A number of the ...
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Who are the “children” in Ephesians 6:1-3: minors, adults, unbelievers, believers or it does not matter?

Children (τέκνα-tekna), obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may ...