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Ephesians 5:26

    Ephesians 5:26 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So that he might make it holy, having made it clean with the washing of water by the word,

    Webster's Revision

    that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,

    World English Bible

    that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,

    Definitions for Ephesians 5:26

    Sanctify - To be sacred and set apart.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 5:26

    That he might sanctify and cleanse it - The Church is represented as the spouse of Christ, as the woman is the spouse of the man; and, to prepare this Church for himself, he washes, cleanses, and sanctifies it. There is certainly an allusion here to the ancient method of purifying women, who were appointed to be consorts to kings; twelve months, it appears, were in some instances spent in this purification: Six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odors and with other things, for the purifying of women. See the case of Esther, Esther 2:12; see also Psalm 45:13, Psalm 45:14; Ezekiel 16:7-14.

    With the washing of water - Baptism, accompanied by the purifying influences of the Holy Spirit.

    By the word - The doctrine of Christ crucified, through which baptism is administered, sin canceled, and the soul purified from all unrighteousness; the death of Christ giving efficacy to all.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 5:26

    That he might sanctify - The great object of the Redeemer was to purify and save the church. The meaning here is, that a husband is to manifest similar love toward his wife, and a similar desire that she should be prepared to "walk before him in white".

    And cleanse it with the washing of water - In all this there is an allusion doubtless to the various methods of purifying and cleansing those who were about to be married, and who were to be united to monarchs as their brides. In some instances this previous preparation continued for twelve months. The means of purification were various, but consisted usually in the use of costly unguents; see Esther 2:12. "Six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odors, and with other things for the purifying of women;" compare Psalm 45:13-14; Ezekiel 16:7-14. As such a virgin was purified and prepared for her husband by washing and by anointing, so the church is to be prepared for Christ. It is to be made pure and holy. Outwardly there is to be the application of water - the symbol of purity; and within there is to be holiness of heart; see the notes on 2 Corinthians 11:2, where Paul says of the Corinthians, "I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ."

    By the word - There has been much diversity of opinion respecting the meaning of this. Probably the sense of the expression is, that all this was to be accomplished by the instrumentality of the truth - the Word of God. By that truth they were to be sanctified John 17:17; and in accordance with that the whole work from the commencement to the close was to be accomplished. It was not by external ceremonies, and not by any miraculous power on the heart, but by the faithful application of truth to the heart.

    Wesley's Notes on Ephesians 5:26

    5:26 That he might sanctify it through the word - The ordinary channel of all blessings. Having cleansed it - From the guilt and power of sin. By the washing of water - In baptism; if, with the outward and visible sign, we receive the inward and spiritual grace.