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Ephesians 3:16

    Ephesians 3:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    That in the wealth of his glory he would make you strong with power through his Spirit in your hearts;

    Webster's Revision

    that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man;

    World English Bible

    that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that you may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man;

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 3:16

    That he would grant you - This prayer of the apostle is one of the most grand and sublime in the whole oracles of God. The riches of the grace of the Gospel, and the extent to which the soul of man may be saved here below, are most emphatically pointed out here. Every word seems to have come immediately from heaven; laboring to convey ideas of infinite importance to mankind. No paraphrase can do it justice, and few commentators seem to have entered into its spirit; perhaps deterred by its unparalleled sublimity. I shall only attempt a few observations upon the terms, to show their force and meaning; and leave all the rest to that Spirit by which these most important words were dictated. In the mean time referring the reader to the discourse lately published on this prayer of the apostle, entitled, The Family of God and its Privileges.

    That he would grant you - You can expect nothing from him but as a free gift through Christ Jesus; let this be a ruling sentiment of your hearts when you pray to God.

    According to the riches of his glory - According to the measure of his own eternal fullness; God's infinite mercy and goodness being the measure according to which we are to be saved. In giving alms it is a maxim that every one should act according to his ability. It would be a disgrace to a king or a noble-man to give no more than a tradesman or a peasant. God acts up to the dignity of his infinite perfections; he gives according to the riches of his glory.

    To be strengthened with might - Ye have many enemies, cunning and strong; many trials, too great for your natural strength; many temptations, which no human power is able successfully to resist; many duties to perform, which cannot be accomplished by the strength of man; therefore you need Divine strength; ye must have might; and ye must be strengthened every where, and every way fortified by that might; mightily and most effectually strengthened.

    By his Spirit - By the sovereign energy of the Holy Ghost. This fountain of spiritual energy can alone supply the spiritual strength which is necessary for this spiritual work and conflict.

    In the inner man - In the soul. Every man is a compound being; he has a body and a soul. The outward man is that alone which is seen and considered by men; the inward man is that which stands particularly in reference to God and eternity. The outward man is strengthened by earthly food, etc.; the inward man, by spiritual and heavenly influences. Knowledge, love, peace, and holiness, are the food of the inward man; or rather Jesus Christ, that bread of life which came down from heaven: he that eateth this bread shall live and be strengthened by it. The soul must be as truly fed and nourished by Divine food as the body by natural food.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 3:16

    According to the riches of his glory - According to the glorious abundance of his mercy; see Philippians 4:19. Out of those stores of rich grace which can never be exhausted. The word "riches," so often used by Paul, denotes "abundance," and the idea here is, that his grace was inexhaustible and ample for all their needs.

    To be strengthened with might - To be powerfully strengthened. That is, to give you abundant strength to bear trials; to perform your duties; to glorify his name.

    In the inner man - In the heart, the mind, the soul; see the notes on Romans 7:22. The "body" needs to be strengthened every day. In like manner the soul needs constant supplies of grace. Piety needs to be constantly invigorated, or it withers and decays. Every Christian needs grace given each day to enable him to bear trials, to resist temptation, to discharge his duty, to live a life of faith.

    Wesley's Notes on Ephesians 3:16

    3:16 The riches of his glory - The immense fulness of his glorious wisdom, power, and mercy. The inner man - The soul.