5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children,

5:2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
5:2 and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

5:3 But fornication and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is fitting among saints.
5:3 But fornication and impurity of any kind, or greed, must not even be mentioned among you, as is proper among saints.

5:4 Let there be no filthiness, nor silly talk, nor levity, which are not fitting; but instead let there be thanksgiving.
5:4 Entirely out of place is obscene, silly, and vulgar talk; but instead, let there be thanksgiving.

5:5 Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure man, or one who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
5:5 Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure person, or one who is greedy (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for it is because of these things that the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes on those who are disobedient.

5:7 Therefore do not associate with them,
5:7 Therefore do not be associated with them.

5:8 for once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light
5:8 For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light--

5:9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true),
5:9 for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.

5:10 and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
5:10 Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.

5:11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
5:11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in secret;
5:12 For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly;

5:13 but when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light.
5:13 but everything exposed by the light becomes visible,

5:14 Therefore it is said, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light."
5:14 for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, "Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."

5:15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,
5:15 Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise,

5:16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil.
5:16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil.

5:17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
5:17 So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit,
5:18 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit,

5:19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart,
5:19 as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts,

5:20 always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
5:20 giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

5:21 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.
5:21 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.

5:22 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord.
5:22 Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord.

5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior.

5:24 As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands.
5:24 Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands.

5:25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

5:26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
5:26 in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word,

5:27 that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
5:27 so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind--yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish.

5:28 Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
5:28 In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

5:29 For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church,
5:29 For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church,

5:30 because we are members of his body.
5:30 because we are members of his body.

5:31 "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
5:31 "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."

5:32 This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church;
5:32 This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church.

5:33 however, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
5:33 Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.