God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles
1For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
2Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
7I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
A Prayer for the Ephesians
14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom every family3:15 The Greek for family (patria) is derived from the Greek for father (pater). in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Paulo, Amanamanmufoɔ Ɔsɛmpakafoɔ
1Me Paulo, mo amanamanmufoɔ enti, Kristo Yesu de me yɛɛ deduani.
2Nokorɛm, moate Onyankopɔn adom a ɔnam me so de ma mo no ho asɛm, 3a ɛno ne ahintasɛm a wɔnam adiyie so de ama sɛdeɛ matwerɛ no tiawa dada no. 4Na sɛ mokenkan yei a, ɛnneɛ mobɛte nhunumu a me wɔ wɔ Kristo ahintasɛm ho no ase, 5deɛ wɔannyi ankyerɛ awoɔ ntoatoasoɔ bi mu nnipa sɛdeɛ ɛnnɛ yi Honhom no ada no adi akyerɛ Onyankopɔn asomafoɔ ne adiyifoɔ kronkron no. 6Saa ahintasɛm yi kyerɛ sɛ amanamanmufoɔ ne Israelfoɔ bom yɛ adedifoɔ, wɔbom yɛ onipadua baako, na wɔwɔ kyɛfa wɔ Kristo Yesu mu bɔhyɛ no mu.
7Onyankopɔn adom akyɛdeɛ a ɔnam ne tumi no adwumayɛ so de ama me no enti, me yɛɛ asɛmpa no ho ɔsomfoɔ. 8Ɛwom sɛ me ne aketewa pa ara wɔ Onyankopɔn nkurɔfoɔ nyinaa mu, nanso Onyankopɔn yɛɛ me adom sɛ menkɔka Asɛmpa a ɛfa Kristo ahonya a emu nni hwehwɛbea no nkyerɛ amanamanmufoɔ, 9na memma nnipa nyinaa nhunu saa ahintasɛm yi dwumadie a wɔde asie wɔ Onyankopɔn a ɔbɔɔ adeɛ nyinaa mu wɔ mfeɛ bebree a atwam no mu. 10Nʼatirimpɔ ne sɛ afei ɔnam asɔre no so bɛda ne nyansa a emu dɔ no adi akyerɛ ewiem mpaninnie ne atumfoɔ, 11sɛdeɛ ɔnam yɛn Awurade Kristo Yesu so wiee ne botaeɛ a ɛwɔ hɔ daa no. 12Afei Kristo ma yɛn akokoɔduru ne ahotosoɔ a ɛma yɛnya gyidie ba Onyankopɔn anim. 13Mesrɛ mo, mommma mo aba mu mmu wɔ amane a mehunu ma mo no ho. Ɛyɛ mo animuonyamhyɛ.
Wɔbɔ Mpaeɛ Ma Efesofoɔ
14Yei enti, mebu nkotodwe wɔ Agya no anim, 15ɔno na ne din da nʼabusua a ɛwɔ ɔsoro ne asase nyinaa so. 16Mebɔ mpaeɛ sɛ ɔmfiri nʼanimuonyam ahonya no mu mfa ne Honhom a ɛte mo mu no so nhyɛ mo den, 17sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a Kristo bɛfa mo gyidie so abɛtena mo akoma mu. Sɛ moagye nhini na moatim wɔ ɔdɔ mu no, mebɔ mpaeɛ sɛ 18mo ne ahotefoɔ nyinaa bɛnya tumi, na moate Kristo dɔ no trɛ, ne tentene, ne korɔn ne emu dɔ no ase, 19na moahunu saa ɔdɔ a ɛtra adwene nyinaa so no, na Onyankopɔn ahyɛ mo ma.
20Animuonyam nka Onyankopɔn a ne tumi yɛ adwuma wɔ yɛn mu. Ɔnam saa tumi yi so yɛ deɛ yɛbisa anaa deɛ yɛsusu ma ɛboro so. 21Animuonyam nka Onyankopɔn wɔ asafo no ne Kristo Yesu mu mfiri ɛnnɛ nkɔsi daapem. Amen.