The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE LETTER TO THE EPHESIANS

PAUL, by God's will an apostle of1 Christ Jesus, to God's people who are steadfast in Christ Jesus; God our Father and the2 Lord Jesus Christ bless you and give You peace.

Blessed be the God and Father of our3 Lord Jesus Christ, who through Christ has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm. Through4 him he chose us out before the creation of the world, to be consecrated and above reproach in his sight in love. He5 foreordained us to become his sons through Jesus Christ, in fulfilment of his generous purpose, so that we might6 praise the splendid blessing which he has given us through his beloved Son. It is through union with him and7 through his blood that we have been delivered and our offenses forgiven, in8 the abundance of his mercy which he has lavished upon us. He has given us9 perfect insight into his secret purpose and understanding of it, in following out the design he Planned to carry out in Christ, and in arranging, when the10 time should have fully come, that everything in heaven and on earth should be unified in Christ -- the Christ through11 whom it is our lot to have been predestined by the design of him who in everything carries out the purpose of his will, to win praise for his glory, by12 having been the first to believe in Christ. You also have heard the mes-13 sage of the truth, the good news of your salvation, and believed in him, and through union with him you have been marked with the seal of the holy Spirit that was promised, which is the advance14 instalment of our inheritance, so that we may get full possession of it, and praise his glory for it.

This is why I, for my part, since I15 have heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus that prevails among you and among all Goa's people, never cease to16 thank God for you when I mention you in my prayers. The God of our Lord17 Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, grant you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation through the knowledge of himself, en­ 18 lightening the eyes of your mind so that you may know what the hope is to which he calls you, and how gloriously rich his inheritance is among God's people, and how surpassingly great his 19 power is for us who believe; like the mighty strength he exerted in raising 20 Christ from the dead, and seating him at his right hand in heaven, far above 21 all hierarchies, authorities, powers, and dominions, and all titles that can be bestowed not only in this world but in the world to come. He has put everything 22 under his feet and made him the indisputable head of the church, which is 23 his body, filled by him who fills everything everywhere. You also were dead 2because of the offenses and sins in the 2 midst of which you once lived under the control of the present age of the world, and the master-spirit of the air, who is still at work among the disobedient. We all lived among them once, indulg­ 3 ing our physical cravings and obeying the impulses of our lower nature and its thoughts, and by nature we were doomed to God's wrath like other men. But God is so rich in mercy that be­ 4 cause of the great love he had for us, he made us, dead as we were through 5 our offenses, live again with the Christ. It is by his mercy that you have been 6 saved. And he raised us with Christ, and through our union with Christ Jesus made us sit down with him in heaven, to show the incomparable 7 wealth of his mercy throughout the ages to come by his goodness to us through Christ Jesus. For it is by his 8 mercy that you have been saved through faith. It is not by your own action, it is the gift of God. It has not been 9 earned, so that no one can boast of it. For he has made us, creating us through 10 our union with Christ Jesus for the life of goodness which God had predestined us to live.

So remember that you were once 11 physically heathen, and called uncir-

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The Complete Bible: An American Translation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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