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Geneva Bible (1599): Ephesians 4

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1 I therefore, being prisoner in the Lord, praie you that yee walke worthie of the vocation whereunto yee are called,

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2 With all humblenesse of minde, and meekenesse, with long suffering, supporting one an other through loue,

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3 Endeuouring to keepe the vnitie of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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4 There is one body, and one Spirit, euen as yee are called in one hope of your vocation.

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5 There is one Lord, one Faith, one Baptisme,

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6 One God and Father of all, which is aboue all, and through all, and in you all.

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7 But vnto euery one of vs is giuen grace, according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

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8 Wherfore he saith, Whe he asceded vp on hie, he led captiuity captiue, and gaue gifts vnto men.

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9 (Nowe, in that hee ascended, what is it but that he had also descended first into the lowest partes of the earth?

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10 Hee that descended, is euen the same that ascended, farre aboue all heauens, that hee might fill all things)

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11 Hee therefore gaue some to be Apostles, and some Prophets, and some Euangelists, and some Pastours, and Teachers,

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12 For the repairing of the Saintes, for the woorke of the ministerie, and for the edification of the bodie of Christ,

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13 Till we all meete together (in the vnitie of faith and that acknowledging of the Sonne of God) vnto a perfite man, and vnto the measure of the age of the fulnesse of Christ,

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14 That we henceforth be no more children, wauering and caried about with euery winde of doctrine, by the deceit of men, and with craftines, whereby they lay in wait to deceiue.

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15 But let vs folowe the truth in loue, and in all things, grow vp into him, which is the head, that is, Christ.

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16 By whome al the body being coupled and knit together by euery ioynt, for ye furniture therof (according to the effectual power, which is in the measure of euery part) receiueth increase of the body, vnto the edifying of itselfe in loue.

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17 This I say therefore and testifie in the Lord, that yee hencefoorth walke not as other Gentiles walke, in vanitie of their minde,

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18 Hauing their vnderstanding darkened, and being strangers from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardnesse of their heart:

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19 Which being past feeling, haue giuen themselues vnto wantonnesse, to woorke all vncleannesse, euen with griedinesse.

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20 But yee haue not so learned Christ,

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21 If so be yee haue heard him, and haue bene taught by him, as the trueth is in Iesus,

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22 That is, that yee cast off, concerning the conuersation in time past, that olde man, which is corrupt through the deceiueable lustes,

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23 And be renued in the spirit of your minde,

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24 And put on ye new man, which after God is created vnto righteousnes, and true holines.

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25 Wherefore cast off lying, and speake euery man truth vnto his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

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26 Bee angrie, but sinne not: let not the sunne goe downe vpon your wrath,

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27 Neither giue place to the deuill.

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28 Let him that stole, steale no more: but let him rather labour, and worke with his handes the thing which is good, that hee may haue to giue vnto him that needeth.

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29 Let no corrupt comunication proceed out of your mouths: but that which is good, to ye vse of edifying, that it may minister grace vnto the hearers.

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30 And grieue not the holy Spirit of God, by whom ye are sealed vnto ye day of redemption.

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31 Let all bitternesse, and anger, and wrath, crying, and euill speaking be put away from you, with all maliciousnesse.

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32 Be ye courteous one to another, and tender hearted, freely forgiuing one another, euen as God for Christes sake, freely forgaue you.

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