1Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5For of this you can be sure: no immoral, impure or greedy person – such a person is an idolater – has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.5:5 Or kingdom of the Messiah and God 6Let no-one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7Therefore do not be partners with them.
8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10and find out what pleases the Lord. 11Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13But everything exposed by the light becomes visible – and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14This is why it is said:
‘Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.’
15Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Instructions for Christian households
21Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Saviour. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing5:26 Or having cleansed her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29After all, no-one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church – 30for we are members of his body. 31‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’5:31 Gen. 2:24 32This is a profound mystery – but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
1Esiane sɛ moyɛ Onyankopɔn mma a ɔdɔ wɔn no nti, munsuasua no 2na motena ase ɔdɔ mu sɛnea Kristo dɔɔ yɛn, na ɔde ne nkwa too hɔ maa yɛn sɛ afɔrebɔde a ɛyɛ huam ma Onyankopɔn no.
3Nanso ɛnsɛ sɛ wɔte aguamammɔ anaa afide anaa anibere ho asɛm wɔ mo mu, efisɛ eyinom mfata Onyankopɔn nkurɔfo kronkron. 4Saa ara nso na ɛmfata sɛ moka kasa fi, ahuhusɛm anaa sɛ muyi aseresɛm, mmom monna ase. 5Munnya ntease sɛ, obiara a ɔbɔ aguaman na ɔyɛ afide, na ɔyɛ oniberefo (anibere yɛ abosonsom) no rennya kyɛfa biara wɔ Kristo ne Onyankopɔn Ahenni no mu bi. 6Mommma obiara mmfa nsɛm a aba nni mu nnaadaa mo. Efisɛ saa nneɛma no na ɛma Onyankopɔn bo fuw wɔn a wɔyɛ asoɔden no. 7Enti mo ne saa nnipa no nyɛ biribiara.
8Bere bi, na moyɛ sum, nanso mprempren de, moyɛ hann wɔ Awurade mu. Ne saa nti montena ase sɛ hann mma. 9Efisɛ hann no ma moyɛ papa, atreneefo ne nokwafo, 10na ɛhwehwɛ nea ɛsɔ Awurade ani. 11Montwe mo ho mfi nneɛma hunu a wɔyɛ wɔ sum mu ho, na mompa ho ntama. 12Ɛyɛ aniwu sɛ wɔbɔ nneɛma a asoɔdenfo yɛ no wɔ sum mu no so. 13Nanso sɛ hann no tɔ wɔn so a, yebehu nnebɔne biara a wɔyɛ. 14Efisɛ hann da biribiara adi. Enti na wɔaka se,
“Nyan, wo a woada,
na sɔre fi awufo mu,
na Kristo bɛhyerɛn wɔ wo so.”
15Enti monhwɛ mo akwan yiye, ɛnyɛ sɛ wɔn a wonnim nyansa, na mmom sɛ wɔn a wonim nyansa. 16Monyɛ mo akwannya biara so ade, efisɛ, nna yi yɛ nna bɔne. 17Monnyɛ adwene mu harefo, na mmom monte Awurade apɛde ase. 18Monnnom nsa mmmow na amfa mo ankɔ ahohwibɔ mu. Na mmom momma Honhom no nhyɛ mo ma. 19Momfa nnwom, ayeyi nnwom ne honhom mu nnwom nkasa nkyerɛ mo ho mo ho. Monto dwom mma Awurade na monkamfo no wɔ koma mu, 20na monna Agya Onyankopɔn ase bere biara wɔ biribiara ho wɔ yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo din mu.
21Mumfi nidi a mowɔ ma Kristo mu no mmrɛ mo ho ase mma mo ho mo ho.
Ɔyerenom Ne Okununom
22Ɔyerenom, mommrɛ mo ho ase mma mo kununom sɛnea mobrɛ mo ho ase ma Awurade no, 23efisɛ okunu yɛ ɔyere no ti sɛnea Kristo yɛ asafo no ti ne ne Gyefo no. Asafo no yɛ Kristo nipadua. 24Sɛnea asafo no brɛ ne ho ase ma Kristo no, saa ara na ɛsɛ sɛ ɔyerenom brɛ wɔn ho ase wɔ biribiara mu ma wɔn kununom.
25Okununom, monnodɔ mo yerenom sɛnea Kristo dɔɔ asafo no na ɔde ne kra too hɔ maa no, 26na ɔnam asɛm no so de nsu guaree no yɛɛ no kronkron, 27de maa ne ho sɛ asafo a ɛhyerɛn, a enni nkekae anaasɛ mpomponoe anaasɛ dɛm biara, na mmom ɛyɛ kronkron a enni sintɔ. 28Saa ara na ɛsɛ sɛ mmarima dɔ wɔn yerenom sɛnea wɔdɔ wɔn nipadua no. Ɔbarima a ɔdɔ ne yere no dɔ nʼankasa ne ho. 29Obiara ntan ne ho. Mmom ɔma no aduan hwɛ no yiye sɛnea Kristo yɛ asafo no, 30na yɛn nso yɛyɛ ne nipadua no ho akwaa. 31“Eyi nti, ɔbarima begyaw nʼagya ne ne na, na ɔde ne ho akɔbɔ ne yere na wɔn baanu no nyinaa abɛyɛ ɔhonam baako.” 32Eyi yɛ ahintasɛm a mu dɔ, nanso mereka Kristo ne asafo no ho asɛm. 33Enti ɛsɛ sɛ okunu biara dɔ ne yere sɛ nʼankasa ne ho, na ɔyere biara nso de nidi ma ne kunu.