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Ephesians 5:21-33 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

21 being subject to one another out of reverence for[a] Christ 22 —wives to their own husbands as to the Lord, 23 because the husband is the head of the wife, as also Christ is the head of the church (he himself being the Savior of the body). 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, thus also wives should be subject[b] to their husbands in everything.

Husbands and Wives

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for her; 26 in order that he might sanctify her by cleansing her[c] with the washing of water by the word; 27 in order that he might present to himself the church glorious, not having a spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she may be holy and blameless. 28 Thus also husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. The one who loves his own wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as also Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[d] 32 (This mystery is great, but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.) 33 Only you also, each one of you, must thus love his own wife as himself, and the wife must respect[e] her husband.


  1. Ephesians 5:21 Literally “in the fear of”
  2. Ephesians 5:24 The words “should be subject” are not in the Greek text, but are an understood repetition from the previous clause
  3. Ephesians 5:26 Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation
  4. Ephesians 5:31 A quotation from Gen 2:24
  5. Ephesians 5:33 Literally “that she fear”
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