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Daily Bible Verse - 8/27/2007 - Ephesians 5:25-26

NIV Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
KJV Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
NASB Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
Ephesians 5:25-26
love your wives. Though the husband's authority has been established (vv. Eph 22-24), the emphasis moves to the supreme responsibility of husbands in regard to their wives, which is to love them with the same unreserved, selfless, and sacrificial love that Christ has for His church. Christ gave everything He had, including His own life, for the sake of His church, and that is the standard of sacrifice for a husband's love of his wife. Cf. Col. 3:19.

MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Eph 5:25). Nashville: Word Pub.

Did you know?
The New Testament describes the church as the bride of Christ, preparing herself for life in the eternal kingdom (Eph. 5:23). This image underlines the truth that marriage ought to be an exclusive and permanent union of love and fidelity. Husbands should love their wives as Christ loves His ransomed bride, and wives should submit to their husbands, as they submit to Christ.

Packer, J., Tenney, M. C., & White, W. (1997, c1995). Nelson's illustrated manners and customs of the Bible (434). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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