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Ephesians 5:23

    Ephesians 5:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the church, being himself the saviour of the body.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church, being himself the saviour of the body.

    Webster's Revision

    For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the church, being himself the saviour of the body.

    World English Bible

    For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the assembly, being himself the savior of the body.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, being himself the saviour of the body.

    Definitions for Ephesians 5:23

    Church - Assembly of "called out" ones.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 5:23

    For the husband is the head of the wife - This is the reason which the apostle gives for his injunctions. See above.

    He is the Savior of the body - As Christ exercises authority over the Church so as to save and protect it, so let the husband exercise authority over his wife by protecting, comforting, and providing her with every necessary and comfort of life, according to his power.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 5:23

    For the husband is the head of the wife - see the notes on 1 Corinthians 11:3.

    As Christ is the head of the church - As Christ rules over the church, and has a right to direct and control it.

    And he is the Saviour of the body - That is, of the church, represented as "his body;" see notes, Ephesians 1:23. The idea here seems to be, that as Christ gave himself to save his body, the church; as he practiced self-denial and made it an object of intense solicitude to preserve that church, so ought the husband to manifest a similar solicitude to make his wife happy, and to save her from want, affliction, and pain. He ought to regard himself as her natural protector; as bound to anticipate and provide for her needs; as under obligation to comfort her in trial, even as Christ does the church. What a beautiful illustration of the spirit which a husband should manifest is the care which Christ has shown for his "bride," the church! See the notes on Ephesians 5:25-29.

    Wesley's Notes on Ephesians 5:23

    5:23 The head - The governor, guide, and guardian of the wife. And he is the Saviour of the body - The church, from all sin and misery.