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Ephesians 5:21

    Ephesians 5:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Letting yourselves be ruled by one another in the fear of Christ.

    Webster's Revision

    subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ.

    World English Bible

    subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 5:21

    Submitting - one to another - Let no man be so tenacious of his own will or his opinion in matters indifferent, as to disturb the peace of the Church; in all such matters give way to each other, and let love rule.

    In the fear of God - Setting him always before your eyes, and considering that he has commanded you to love one another, and to bear each other's burdens; and that what you do in this or any other commanded case, you do as unto the Lord. Instead of εν φοβῳ Θεου, in the fear of God, εν φοβω Χριστου, in the fear of Christ, is the reading of ABDEFG, with all others of most value; besides the Syriac, Coptic, Sahidic, Ethiopic, Armenian, Vulgate, and Itala; Basil the Great, and Chrysostom. Neither reading makes any difference in the sense.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 5:21

    Submitting yourselves one to another - Maintaining due subordination in the various relations of life. This general principle of religion, the apostle proceeds now to illustrate in reference to wives Ephesians 5:22-24; to children Ephesians 6:1-3; and to servants, Ephesians 6:5-8. At the same time that he enforces this duty of submission, however, he enjoins on others to use their authority in a proper manner, and gives solemn injunctions that there should be no abuse of power. Particularly he enjoins on husbands the duty of loving their wives with all tenderness Ephesians 5:25-33; on fathers, the duty of treating their children so that they might easily obey them Ephesians 6:4; and on masters, the duly of treating their servants with kindness, remembering that they have a Master also in heaven; Ephesians 6:9. The general mean ing here is, that Christianity does not break up the relations of life, and produce disorder, lawlessness, and insubordination; but that it will confirm every proper authority, and make every just yoke lighter. Infidelity is always disorganizing; Christianity, never.