Notes on Ephesians
From the Original 1599 Geneva Bible Notes

Eph 1:1

1:1 Paul, {1} an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the {a} faithful in Christ Jesus:

Eph 1:3

1:3 {2} Blessed [be] the God {3} and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, {4} who hath blessed us with {b} all spiritual blessings in {c} heavenly [places] in {5} Christ:

Eph 1:4

1:4 {6} According as he hath chosen us in {d} him before the foundation of the world, {7} that we {e} should {f} be holy and without blame {g} before him in love:

Eph 1:5

1:5 {8} Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ {h} to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Eph 1:6

1:6 {9} To the {i} praise of the glory of his grace, {10} wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Eph 1:7

1:7 {11} In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Eph 1:8

1:8 {12} {k} Wherein he hath abounded toward us in {l} all wisdom and prudence;

Eph 1:9

1:9 Having made known unto us the {m} mystery of his will, {13} according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Eph 1:10

1:10 {14} That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might {n} gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him:

Eph 1:11

1:11 {15} In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh {o} all things after the counsel of his own will:

Eph 1:12

1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who {p} first trusted in Christ.

Eph 1:13

1:13 {16} In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the {q} word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were {r} sealed with that holy {s} Spirit of promise,

Eph 1:14

1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the {t} redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Eph 1:15

1:15 {17} Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,

Eph 1:17

1:17 {18} That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of {u} glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the {x} knowledge of him:

Eph 1:18

1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the {y} hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Eph 1:19

1:19 {19} And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Eph 1:20

1:20 {20} Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own {z} right hand in the heavenly [places],

Eph 1:21

1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every {a} name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Eph 1:22

1:22 {21} And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the {b} head over all [things] to the church,

Eph 1:23

1:23 Which is his body, the {c} fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Eph 2:1

2:1 And {1} you [hath he quickened], who were {a} dead in {2} trespasses and sins;

Eph 2:2

2:2 {3} Wherein in time past ye walked {4} according to the course of this world, {b} according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now {5} worketh in the {c} children of disobedience:

Eph 2:3

2:3 {6} Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our {d} flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and {7} were by nature the {e} children of wrath, even as {f} others.

Eph 2:4

2:4 {8} But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Eph 2:6

2:6 And hath raised [us] up {g} together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:

Eph 2:8

2:8 For by {h} grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:

Eph 2:9

2:9 {9} Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Eph 2:10

2:10 For we are {i} his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Eph 2:11

2:11 {10} Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are {k} called Uncircumcision by that which is {l} called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

Eph 2:12

2:12 That at that time ye were {m} without Christ, being {n} aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Eph 2:13

2:13 {11} But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Eph 2:14

2:14 {12} For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us];

Eph 2:16

2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in {o} one body by the cross, having {p} slain the enmity thereby:

Eph 2:17

2:17 {13} And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

Eph 2:18

2:18 For {q} through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Eph 2:19

2:19 {14} Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Eph 2:20

2:20 {15} And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the {r} chief corner [stone];

Eph 2:21

2:21 In whom all the building {s} fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

Eph 3:1

3:1 For {1} this cause I Paul, {a} the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

Eph 3:5

3:5 Which in {b} other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

Eph 3:10

3:10 {2} To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly [places] might be known by the church the {c} manifold wisdom of God,

Eph 3:11

3:11 According to the {d} eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

Eph 3:14

3:14 {3} For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Eph 3:15

3:15 Of whom the whole {e} family in heaven and earth is named,

Eph 3:16

3:16 That he would grant you, according to the {f} riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the {g} inner man;

Eph 3:17

3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in {h} love,

Eph 3:18

3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints {i} what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

Eph 3:19

3:19 And to know the {k} love of Christ, which {l} passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the {m} fulness of God.

Eph 3:20

3:20 {4} Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Eph 4:1

4:1 I therefore, {1} the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the {a} vocation wherewith ye are called,

Eph 4:2

4:2 {2} With all lowliness and meekness, with {b} longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Eph 4:3

4:3 {3} Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Eph 4:4

4:4 {4} [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Eph 4:6

4:6 One God and Father of all, who [is] {c} above all, and {d} through all, and {e} in you all.

Eph 4:7

4:7 {5} But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the {f} gift of Christ.

Eph 4:8

4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led {g} captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Eph 4:9

4:9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the {h} lower parts of the earth?

Eph 4:10

4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might {i} fill {k} all things.)

Eph 4:11

4:11 {6} And he gave some, {l} apostles; and some, {m} prophets; and some, {n} evangelists; and some, {o} pastors and teachers;

Eph 4:12

4:12 {7} For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the {p} body of Christ:

Eph 4:13

4:13 {8} Till we all come in the {q} unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the {r} stature of the fulness of Christ:

Eph 4:14

4:14 {9} That we [henceforth] be no more children, {10} tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the {s} sleight of men, [and] {t} cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Eph 4:15

4:15 {11} But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:

Eph 4:16

4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the {u} effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh {x} increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in {y} love.

Eph 4:17

4:17 {12} This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the {z} vanity of their mind,

Eph 4:18

4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the {a} life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

Eph 4:19

4:19 Who being {b} past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with {c} greediness.

Eph 4:20

4:20 {13} But ye have not so learned Christ;

Eph 4:21

4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, {d} as the truth is in Jesus:

Eph 4:22

4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation {e} the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Eph 4:23

4:23 And be renewed in the {f} spirit of your mind;

Eph 4:24

4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which {g} after God is created {h} in righteousness and {i} true holiness.

Eph 4:25

4:25 {14} Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

Eph 4:26

4:26 {15} Be {k} ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down {l} upon your wrath:

Eph 4:28

4:28 {16} Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is {m} good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Eph 4:29

4:29 {17} Let no {n} corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister {o} grace unto the hearers.

Eph 4:30

4:30 {18} And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Eph 4:32

4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, {19} even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Eph 5:3

5:3 {1} But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Eph 5:4

5:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor {a} jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

Eph 5:5

5:5 {2} For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an {b} idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Eph 5:7

5:7 {3} Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

Eph 5:8

5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] {c} light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Eph 5:9

5:9 (For the fruit of the {d} Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Eph 5:11

5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather {e} reprove [them].

Eph 5:14

5:14 Wherefore {f} he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the {g} dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

Eph 5:15

5:15 {4} See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Eph 5:16

5:16 {h} Redeeming the time, because the {i} days are evil.

Eph 5:18

5:18 {5} And be not drunk with wine, wherein is {k} excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Eph 5:19

5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your {l} heart to the Lord;

Eph 5:21

5:21 {6} Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Eph 5:22

5:22 {7} Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, {8} as unto the Lord.

Eph 5:23

5:23 {9} For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: {10} and he is the saviour of the body.

Eph 5:24

5:24 {11} Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing.

Eph 5:25

5:25 {12} Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Eph 5:26

5:26 {13} That he might {m} sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the {n} word,

Eph 5:27

5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, {o} not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Eph 5:28

5:28 {14} So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

Eph 5:29

5:29 For no man ever yet hated his {p} own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

Eph 5:30

5:30 For we are members of his body, {q} of his flesh, and of his bones.

Eph 5:31

5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall {r} be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Eph 5:32

5:32 {15} This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Eph 5:33

5:33 {16} Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband.

Eph 6:1

6:1 Children, {1} obey your parents {2} in the {a} Lord: {3} for this is right.

Eph 6:2

6:2 {4} Honour thy father and mother; {5} (which is the first commandment with {b} promise;)

Eph 6:4

6:4 {6} And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and {c} admonition of the Lord.

Eph 6:5

6:5 {7} Servants, be obedient to them that are [your] masters {8} according to the flesh, with {d} fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

Eph 6:6

6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, {9} doing the will of God from the heart;

Eph 6:7

6:7 With good will doing service, as to the {e} Lord, and not to men:

Eph 6:8

6:8 {10} Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether [he be] bond or free.

Eph 6:9

6:9 {11} And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there {f} respect of persons with him.

Eph 6:10

6:10 {12} Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Eph 6:12

6:12 {13} For we wrestle not against flesh and {g} blood, but against {h} principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

Eph 6:13

6:13 {14} Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the {i} evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Eph 6:15

6:15 And your feet shod with the {k} preparation of the gospel of peace;

Eph 6:18

6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the {l} Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Eph 6:21

6:21 {15} But that ye also may know my affairs, [and] how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

Eph 6:24

6:24 Grace [be] with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ {m} in sincerity. Amen. [To [the] Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.]