1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To God’s holy people in Ephesus,1:1 Some early manuscripts do not have in Ephesus. the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise for spiritual blessings in Christ
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he1:4,5 Or sight in love. 5 He predestined us for adoption to sonship1:5 The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture. through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9he1:8,9 Or us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment – to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11In him we were also chosen,1:11 Or were made heirs having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.
Thanksgiving and prayer
15For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit1:17 Or a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
1Saa krataa yi fi me Paulo a Onyankopɔn fi ne pɛ mu ayɛ me Kristo Yesu somafo no nkyɛn,
Merekyerɛw akɔma ahotefo a wɔte Efeso, Kristo Yesu mu agyidifo:
2Adom ne asomdwoe a efi yɛn Agya Onyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo no nka mo.
Honhom Nhyira Wɔ Kristo Mu
3Momma yɛnna Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo Agya no ase, efisɛ ɔnam Kristo so de honhom mu nhyira a efi ɔsoro abrɛ yɛn. 4Ansa na Onyankopɔn bɛbɔ wiase no, ɔdɔɔ yɛn na oyii yɛn wɔ Kristo mu sɛ yɛbɛyɛ kronkron a mfomso biara nni yɛn ho wɔ nʼani so. Ofi ɔdɔ mu 5hyɛ too hɔ se, ne pɛ mu no, ɔnam Yesu Kristo so de yɛn bɛyɛ ne mma, 6de akamfo nʼadom a ɛdɔɔso a ɔde akyɛ yɛn kwa wɔ ne Dɔba no mu no. 7Ne mu na yenya ogye a efi ne mogya mu. Ne mu na yenya bɔnefakyɛ nso, sɛnea Onyankopɔn adom mmoroso a 8ɔde nyansa ne ntease nyinaa hwie guu yɛn so no te. 9Onyankopɔn nam nea Kristo yɛe no so ada nʼanwonwakwan no adi akyerɛ yɛn sɛ 10bere a wahyɛ no, ɔbɛboaboa abɔde nyinaa ano, nea ɛwɔ ɔsoro ne nea ɛwɔ asase so ahyɛ ɔbaako a ɔne Kristo no ase.
11Onyankopɔn yɛ nea ɔpɛ bere biara. Ɛno nti na ɔnam Kristo so paw yɛn fii wiase mfiase, 12sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a yɛn a yedii kan nyaa anidaso wɔ Kristo mu no bɛyɛ nkamfo ahyɛ no anuonyam. 13Saa ara na ɛte wɔ mo ho nso. Bere a motee nokwasɛm a ɛyɛ asɛmpa a ɛmaa mo nkwagye no, mugyee Kristo dii. Wɔde bɔhyɛ Honhom Kronkron no hyɛɛ mo nsow wɔ ne mu. 14Honhom no ma yɛn awerehyɛmu sɛ wɔde nea Onyankopɔn de asie ama ne nkurɔfo no bɛma yɛn. Afei yɛbɛde yɛn ho na wɔbɛkamfo Onyankopɔn ahyɛ no anuonyam.
Aseda Ne Mpaebɔ
15Esiane eyi nti, efi bere a metee gyidi a mowɔ wɔ Awurade Yesu mu ne ɔdɔ a modɔ Onyankopɔn nkurɔfo no, 16minnyaee aseda a mede ma Onyankopɔn wɔ mo ho no da. Mekae mo wɔ me mpaebɔ mu, 17na mibisa yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo Nyankopɔn, anuonyam Agya no se ɔmma mo Honhom Kronkron no a ɔbɛma mo nyansa na wada Onyankopɔn adi akyerɛ mo, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mubehu no. 18Mesrɛ sɛ mo adwene mu mmue na munhu ne hann no, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mubenya anidaso a ɛno nti ɔfrɛɛ mo no, ne ahonya a ɛwɔ agyapade kronkron a ɛwɔ hɔ ma ahotefo no, 19ne ne tumi a ɛso na biribiara ne no nsɛ ma yɛn a yegye di no. Ɛyɛ saa tumi nwonwaso no ara na ɔdaa no adi 20bere a onyan Kristo fii awufo mu na ɔde no tenaa ne nifa so wɔ ɔsoro ahemman no mu no. 21Saa tumi yi korɔn sen mpanyinni ne tumidi, ahoɔden ne kɛseyɛ, ne dibea biara a wotumi de ma saa bere yi ne bere a ɛbɛba no mu. 22Onyankopɔn de biribiara hyɛɛ Kristo nan ase, na ɔde no ayɛ nneɛma nyinaa ti ama asafo no, 23a ɛne ne nipadua. Ɔno ne nea ɔhyɛ ade nyinaa ma wɔ akwan nyinaa mu.