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Ephesians 1:12

    Ephesians 1:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    to the end that we should be unto the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So that his glory might have praise through us who first had hope in Christ:

    Webster's Revision

    to the end that we should be unto the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

    World English Bible

    to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    to the end that we should be unto the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 1:12

    That we - Jews, now apostles and messengers of God, to whom the first offers of salvation were made, and who were the first that believed in Christ.

    Should be to the praise of his glory - By being the means of preaching Christ crucified to the Gentiles, and spreading the Gospel throughout the world.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 1:12

    That we should be to the praise of his glory - Should be the occasion or the means of celebrating his glory; or that praise should be ascribed to him as the result of our salvation.

    Who first trusted in Christ - Margin, "hoped." This is in accordance with the original. The foundation of their "hope" was the Saviour. Some suppose that the apostle here refers to the Jews who were converted before the gospel was preached extensively to the Gentiles. The reason for this opinion is, that in the following verse he contrasts those to whom he here refers with others whom he was addressing. But it may be that by the word "we" in Ephesians 1:11-12, he refers to himself and to his fellow-laborers who had "first" hoped in the Saviour, and had then gone and proclaimed the message to others; see the notes on Ephesians 1:11. They "first" believed, and then preached to others; and they also believed, and became partakers of the same privileges.

    Wesley's Notes on Ephesians 1:12

    1:12 That we - Jews. Who first believed - Before the gentiles. So did some of them in every place. Here is another branch of the true gospel predestination: he that believes is not only elected to salvation, (if he endures to the end,) but is fore - appointed of God to walk in holiness, to the praise of his glory.