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Ephesians 3 Darby Translation (DARBY)

For this reason *I* Paul, prisoner of the Christ Jesus for you nations,

(if indeed ye have heard of the administration of the grace of God which has been given to me towards you,

that by revelation the mystery has been made known to me, (according as I have written before briefly,

by which, in reading it, ye can understand my intelligence in the mystery of the Christ,)

which in other generations has not been made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets in [the power of the] Spirit,

that [they who are of] the nations should be joint heirs, and a joint body, and joint partakers of [his] promise in Christ Jesus by the glad tidings;

of which I am become minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me, according to the working of his power.

To me, less than the least of all saints, has this grace been given, to announce among the nations the glad tidings of the unsearchable riches of the Christ,

and to enlighten all [with the knowledge of] what is the administration of the mystery hidden throughout the ages in God, who has created all things,

10 in order that now to the principalities and authorities in the heavenlies might be made known through the assembly the all-various wisdom of God,

11 according to [the] purpose of the ages, which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord,

12 in whom we have boldness and access in confidence by the faith of him.

13 Wherefore I beseech [you] not to faint through my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father [of our Lord Jesus Christ],

15 of whom every family in [the] heavens and on earth is named,

16 in order that he may give you according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power by his Spirit in the inner man;

17 that the Christ may dwell, through faith, in your hearts, being rooted and founded in love,

18 in order that ye may be fully able to apprehend with all the saints what [is] the breadth and length and depth and height;

19 and to know the love of the Christ which surpasses knowledge; that ye may be filled [even] to all the fulness of God.

20 But to him that is able to do far exceedingly above all which we ask or think, according to the power which works in us,

21 to him be glory in the assembly in Christ Jesus unto all generations of the age of ages. Amen).

Ephesians 3 New International Version (NIV)

God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles

For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—

Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 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. 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.

I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 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, 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.

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 3:15 The Greek for family (patria) is derived from the Greek for father (pater).
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