Ephesians 3 New English Translation (NET Bible)
Paul’s Relationship to the Divine Mystery
3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus[a] for the sake of you Gentiles 2 if indeed[b] you have heard of the stewardship[c] of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that[d] by revelation the mystery[e] was made known to me, as I wrote before briefly.[f] 4 When reading this,[g] you will be able to[h] understand my insight into the mystery[i] of Christ 5 (which[j] was not disclosed to people[k] in former[l] generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by[m] the Spirit), 6 namely, that through the gospel[n] the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members[o] of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus. 7 I became a servant of this gospel[p] according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by[q] the exercise of his power.[r] 8 To me—less than the least of all the saints[s]—this grace was given,[t] to proclaim to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ 9 and to enlighten[u] everyone about God’s secret plan[v]—the mystery that has been hidden for ages[w] in God[x] who has created all things. 10 The purpose of this enlightenment is that[y] through the church the multifaceted wisdom[z] of God should now be disclosed to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly realms. 11 This was according to[aa] the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and confident access[ab] to God[ac] by way of Christ’s[ad] faithfulness.[ae] 13 For this reason I ask you[af] not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you,[ag] which[ah] is your glory.[ai]
Prayer for Strengthened Love
14 For this reason[aj] I kneel[ak] before the Father,[al] 15 from[am] whom every family[an] in heaven and on earth is named. 16 I pray that[ao] according to the wealth of his glory he will grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person, 17 that Christ will dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, 18 you will be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,[ap] 19 and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you will be filled up to[aq] all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who by the power that is working within us[ar] is able to do far beyond[as] all that we ask or think, 21 to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3 New International Version (NIV)
God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles
3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
A Prayer for the Ephesians
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.