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Ephesians 5

 

 1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children,

 

 2  (*) And walk in love, even as Christ hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, to be an offering and a sacrifice of a sweet (♣) smelling savor to God.

 

(*) John 13:14; John 15:12; 1 John 3:23 .

(♣) Alluding to the perfumes and incenses in the Law.

 

 3  (*) (1) But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as it becometh Saints,

 

(*) Mark 7:21; Ephesians 4:19; Colossians 3:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:17 .

(1) Now he cometh to another kind of affections, which is in that part of the mind, which men call covetous or desirous; and he reprehended fornication, covetousness, and jesting very sharply.

 

 4 Neither filthiness, neither foolish talking, neither (a) (*) jesting, which are things not comely, but rather giving of thanks.

 

(a) Jests which men cast one at another; that no lightness be seen, nor evil example given, nor any offence moved by evil words or backbiting.

(*) Which is either vain , or else by example and evil speaking may hurt your neighbor; for otherwise there be divers examples in the Scriptures of pleasant talk, which is also godly, as 1 Kings 18:27 .

 

 5  (2) For this ye know, that no whoremonger, neither unclean person, nor covetous person, which is  (*) an (b) idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ, and of God.

 

(2) Because these sins are such that the most part of men count them not for sins, he awaketh the godly, to the end they should so much the more take heed to themselves from them, as most hurtful plagues.

(*) Because he thinketh that his life standeth in his riches.
(b) A bondslave to idolatry, for the covetous man thinketh that his life standeth in his goods.

 

 6  (*) Let no (♣) man deceive you with vain words, for because such things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

 

(*) Matthew 24:4; Mark 13:5; Luke 21:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:3 .

(♣) Either in excusing sin, or in mocking at the menaces and judgments of God.

 

 7  (3) Be not therefore companions with them.

 

(3) Because we are not so ready to anything as to follow evil examples, therefore the Apostle warneth the godly to remember always that the others are but as it were darkness, and that they themselves are as it were light. And therefore the others commit all villainy (as men are wont in the dark) but they ought not only not to follow their examples, but also (as the property of the light is) reprove their darkness, and to walk so (having Christ that true light going before them) as it becometh wise men.

 

 8 For ye were once darkness, but are now (c) light in the Lord; walk as (*) children of light,

 

(c) The faithful are called light, both because they have the true light in them which lighteneth them, and also because they give light to others, insomuch that their honest conversation reproveth the life of wicked men.

(*) Seeing God hath adopted you for his, that ye should be holy.

 

 9 (For the fruit of the (d) Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth.)

 

(d) By whose force we are made light in the Lord.

 

 10 Approving that which is pleasing to the Lord.

 

 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but even (e) (*) reprove them rather.

 

(e) Make them open to all the world, by your good life.

(*) And make them known by your honest and godly life.

 

 12 For it is shame even to speak of the things which are done of them in secret.

 

 13 But all things when they are reproved of the (*) light, are manifest, for it is light that maketh all things manifest.

 

(*) The word of God discovereth the vices which were hid before.

 

 14 Wherefore (f) he saith, (*) Awake thou that sleepest, and stand up from the (g) dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

 

(f) The Scripture, or God in the Scripture.

(*) God thus speaketh by his servants to draw the infidels from their blindness.
(g) He speaketh of the death of sin.

 

 15  (4) Take heed therefore that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as (*) wise,

 

(4) The worse and more corrupt that the manners of this world are, the more watchful we ought to be against all occasions, and respect nothing but the will of God.

(*) Colossians 4:5 .

 

 16  (h) (*) Redeeming the time, for the (i) (♣) days are evil.

 

(h) This is a metaphor taken from the merchants; who prefer the least profit that may be, before all their pleasures.

(*) Selling all worldly pleasures to buy time.
(i) The times are troublesome and sharp.

(♣) In these perilous days and craft of the adversaries, take heed how to buy again the occasions of godliness, which the world hath taken from you.

 

 17  (*) Wherefore, be ye not unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

 

(*) Romans 12:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:3 .

 

 18  (5) And be not drunk with wine, wherein is (k) excess, but be fulfilled with the Spirit,

 

(5) He setteth the sober and holy assemblies of the faithful, against the dissolute banquets of the unfaithful, in which the praises of the only Lord must ring, be it prosperity or adversity.
(k) All kind of riot, joined with all manner of filthiness and shamefulness.

 

 19 Speaking unto yourselves in psalms, and (*) hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord in your (l) hearts,

 

(*) Or, songs of praise and thanksgiving.

(l) With an earnest affection of the heart, and not with the tongue only.

 

 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God even the Father, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

 21  (6) Submitting yourselves one to another in the (*) fear of God.

 

(6) A short repetition of the end whereunto all things ought to be referred, to serve one another for God's sake.

(*) Except our friendship be joined, and knit in God, it is not to be esteemed.

 

 22  ∂ (*) (7) Wives, submit yourselves unto your husbands, (8) as unto the Lord.

 

(*) Colossians 3:18; Titus 2:5; 1 Peter 3:1 .

(7) Now he descendeth to a family, dividing orderly all the parts of a family. And he saith that the duty of wives consisteth herein, to be obedient to their husbands.
(8) The first argument, for they cannot be disobedient to their husbands, but they must resist God also, who is the author of this subjection.

 

 23  (*) (9) For the husband is the wifeís head, even as Christ is the head of the Church, (10) and the same is the Saviour of his (♣) body.

 

(*) 1 Corinthians 11:3 .

(9) A declaration of the former saying; Because God hath made the man head of the woman in matrimony, as Christ is the head of the Church.
(10) Another argument; Because the good estate of the wife dependeth on the man, so that this submission is not only just, but also very profitable; as also the salvation of the Church is of Christ, although far otherwise.

(♣) The Church: so the husband ought to nourish, govern and defend his wife from perils.

 

 24  (11) Therefore as the Church is in subjection to Christ, even so let the wives be to their husbands in everything.

 

(11) The conclusion of the wives' duties towards their husbands.

 

 25  ∂ (*) (12) Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church, and gave himself for it,

 

(*) Colossians 3:19 .

(12) The husbands duty towards their wives, is to love them as themselves, of which love, the love of Christ towards his Church is a lively pattern.

 

 26  (13) That he might (m) sanctify it, and cleanse it by the (*) washing of water through the (n) word,

 

(13) Because many men pretend the infirmities of their wives to excuse their own hardness and cruelty, the Apostle willeth us to mark what manner of Church Christ got, when he joined it to himself, and how he doeth not only not loathe all her filth and uncleanness, but ceaseth not to wipe the same away with his cleanness, until he have wholly purged it.
(m) Make it holy.

(*) Baptism is a token that God hath consecrated the Church to himself, and made it holy by his words, that is, his promise of free justification, and sanctification in Christ.
(n) Through the promise of free justification and sanctification in Christ, received by faith.

 

 27 That he might make it unto himself a glorious Church, (o) not having (*) spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blame.

 

(o) The Church, as it is considered in itself, shall not be without wrinkle, before it come to the mark it shooteth at; for while it is in this life, it runneth in a race; but if it be considered in Christ, it is clean and without wrinkle.

(*) Because it is covered with Christís justice and holiness.

 

 28  (14) So ought men to love their wives, as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself.

 

(14) Another argument; every man loveth himself, even of nature; therefore he striveth against nature that loveth not his wife; he proveth the consequent, first by the mystical knitting of Christ and the Church together, and then by the ordinance of God, who saith, that man and wife are as one, that is, not to be divided.

 

 29 For no man ever yet hated his (p) own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord doeth the Church.

 

(p) His own body.

 

 30 For we are members of his body, (q) (*) of his flesh, and of his bones.

 

(q) He alludeth to the making of the woman, which signifieth our coupling together with Christ, which is wrought by faith, but is sealed by the Sacrament of the Supper.

(*) This our conjunction with Christ must be considered as Christ is the husband, and we the wife, which are not only joined to him by nature, but also by the communion of substance, through the holy Ghost and by faith; the seal and testimony thereof is the Supper of the Lord.

 

 31  (*) For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall (r) cleave to his wife, and they twain shall be one flesh.

 

(*) Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:7; 1 Corinthians 6:16 .

(r) Look at Matthew 19:5 .

 

 32  (15) This is a great secret, but I speak concerning Christ, and concerning the Church.

 

(15) That no man might dream of natural conjunction or knitting of Christ and his Church together (such as the husbands and the wives is) he sheweth that it is secret, to wit, spiritual and such as far differeth from the common capacity of man; as which consisteth by the virtue of the Spirit, and not of the flesh by faith, and by no natural bond.

 

 33  (16) Therefore every one of you, do ye so, let every one love his wife, even as himself, and let the wife see that she fear her husband.

 

(16) The conclusion both of the husband's duty toward his wife, and of the wife's toward her husband.

 

 

 

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