1 Be you, therefore, imitators of God, as
very dear children 2 and walk in love, as Christ also loved us and delivered himself up for us an offering and a sacrifice
to God to ascend in fragrant odor.
3 But immorality and every uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becomes
saints; 4 or obscenity or foolish talk or scurrility, which are out of place; but rather thanksgiving. 5 For know this
and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean person, or covetous one (for that is idolatry) has any inheritance in the kingdom
of Christ and God. 6 Let no one lead you astray with empty words; for because of these things the wrath of God comes
upon the children of disobedience. 7 Do not, then, become partakers with them. 8 For you were once darkness, but
now you are light in the Lord. Walk, then, as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light is in all goodness
and justice and truth), 10 testing what is well pleasing to God; 11 and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather expose them. 12 For of the things that are done by them in secret it is shameful even to speak; 13 but all
the things that are exposed are made manifest by the light: for all that is made manifest is light. 14* Thus it says,
from among the dead,
And Christ will enlighten thee."
to it therefore, brethren, that you walk with care: not as unwise 16 but as wise, making the most of your time, because the
days are evil. 17 Therefore do not become foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not
be drunk with wine, for in that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things in the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
The Wife and the Husband 21 Be subject to one another in the
fear of Christ. 22 Let wives be subject to their husbands as to the Lord; 23 because a husband is head of the wife,
just as Christ is head of the Church, being himself savior of the body. 24* But just as the Church is subject to Christ,
so also let wives be to their husbands in all things.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church, and delivered himself
up for her, 26* that he might sanctify her, cleansing her in the bath of water by means of the word; 27 in order that he might
present to himself the Church in all her glory, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she might be holy and
without blemish. 28 Even thus ought husbands also to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own
wife, loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh; on the contrary he nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ
also does the Church 30 (because we are members of his body, made from his flesh and from his bones).
31* "For this cause a man shall leave his
father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh."
32 This is great mystery---I mean in reference to Christ and to the Church. 33 However,
let each one of you also love his wife just as he loves himself; and let the wife respect her husband.
14: Isa. 26, 19.
24: In all things: i.e., in all things that pertain to the right relationship of
husband and wife. Note well that the subjection inculcated in these verses is not a brutal or slavish subjection as
to a tyrant, but that of the loved one to her lover, who is according to right order head of the family, as Christ is head
of the Church.
The bath of water: the Sacrament of Baptism.
31: Matt. 19, 5.