4 1 Therefore I exhort you#—I the prisoner—that you# walk [or live] in the Lord in a manner worthy of the calling to which you# were called,
2 with all humility and meekness,
enduring one another in love,
3 making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace;
4 one body and
one Spirit, just as you# also were called in
one hope of your# shared calling;
5 one Lord,
6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.°
7 But grace was given to each of us individually, according to the measure of Messiah's gift° [to each of us]. 8 Therefore it [Scripture] says, "When he ascended on high,° he made captivity captive and gave gifts to men" [Psalm 68:18 LXX]. 9 But what is the meaning of "he ascended,"° if not that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? [Proverbs 30:4]° 10 The one descending is himself also the one ascending above all the heavens, in order that he may fill all° [the members of the body].
11 He himself also gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, 12 toward the equipping of the holy ones for the work of service [or ministry], for building up the body of Messiah,
13 until we all attain
to the unity of faith and knowledge found in the Son of God,
to the goal of becoming a complete [or perfect] man, and
to the measure [or level] of maturity found in the fullness of the Messiah,°
14 in order that we may no longer be immature—tossed here and there in the waves and carried here and there in every wind of doctrine
by the trickery of men,
by a cleverness with regard to the scheming of error—
15 but being truthful in love, we may cause all [the members of the body] to grow until they become like him who is the head, Messiah, 16 from whom the whole body,
being joined and held together by every supporting ligament°
is, as a result of the divine action corresponding to the measure of the gift given to each individual part, making the growth of the body result in its being built up in love.
17 This, therefore, I say and testify in the Lord: You# are no longer to walk [or live] as the Gentiles also walk [or live] with their minds full of foolish thoughts, 18 being
darkened in their understanding,
separated from the life of God
because of the ignorance that is in them,
because of the stubbornness of their hearts,
19 those who, being insensitive, have given themselves over to sensuality in the pursuit of every kind of uncleanness,° with a desire for even more of it.° 20 But you# did not become disciples of Messiah in this way, 21 if you# really have listened to him° and really were taught in him—as you# were, as truth is in Jesus!°—
22 to take off° the old man that, after the manner of your# former way of life, is being corrupted by deception's desires, 23 and
to be continually renewed in the spirit of your# mind 24 and
to put on° the new man that, after the manner of God, was created in the righteousness and holiness of the truth.
25 Therefore take off° falsehood: "speak truth each one of you# with his neighbor" [Zechariah 8:16], for we are members of one another.°
26 "Be angry and do not sin" [Psalm 4:4]: don't let the sun go down on your# anger,° 27 nor give any place to the devil.
28 Let the one who steals steal no longer, but rather let him work hard doing good with his hands, that he may have something to share with the one who has a need.
29 Don't let any harmful word come out of your# mouth, but instead whatever is good for the building up of any area of need,° that it may give grace to those who hear.
30 And don't grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you# were sealed for a day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness and anger and wrath and clamor and blasphemy [or slander] be removed from among you# with every evil thing.
32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, dealing graciously with yourselves# just as God in Messiah also has dealt graciously with you#.