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Ephesians 1:8

    Ephesians 1:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Which he gave us in full measure in all wisdom and care;

    Webster's Revision

    which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

    World English Bible

    which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 1:8

    Wherein he hath abounded - That is, in the dispensation of mercy and goodness by Christ Jesus.

    In all wisdom and prudence - Giving us apostles the most complete instructions in heavenly things by the inspiration of his Spirit; and at the same time prudence, that we might know when and where to preach the Gospel so that it might be effectual to the salvation of those who heard it. Nothing less than the Spirit of God could teach the apostles that wisdom by which they were to instruct a dark and sinful world; and nothing less than the same Spirit could inspire them with that prudence which was necessary to be exercised in every step of their life and ministry. Every wise man is not a prudent man, and every prudent man is not a wise man. Wisdom and prudence may be expected in an apostle who is constantly living under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. "Wisdom," according to Sir William Temple, "is that which makes men judge what are the best ends, and what the best means to attain them; and gives a man advantage of counsel and direction." "Prudence is wisdom applied to practice; or that discreet, apt suiting as well of actions as words, in their due place, time, and manner. Every minister of Christ needs these still; and if he abide not under the influence of both, not only his prayers but his ministerial labors will be all hindered.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 1:8

    Wherein he hath abounded - Which he has liberally manifested to us This grace has not been stinted and confined, but has been liberal and abundant.

    In all wisdom - That is, he has evinced great wisdom in the plan of salvation; wisdom in so saving people as to secure the honor of his own law, and in devising a scheme that was eminently adapted to save people; see the notes at 1 Corinthians 1:24.

    And prudence - The word used here (φρονήσις phronēsis) means understanding, thinking, prudence. The meaning here is, that, so to speak, God had evinced great "intelligence" in the plan of salvation. There was ample proof of "mind" and of "thought." It was adapted to the end in view. It was far-seeing; skillfully arranged; and carefully formed. The sense of the whole is, that there was a wise design running through the whole plan, and abounding in it in an eminent degree.

    Wesley's Notes on Ephesians 1:8

    1:8 In all wisdom - Manifested by God in the whole scheme of our salvation. And prudence - Which be hath wrought in us, that we may know and do all his acceptable and perfect will.