Lectionary Year B
July 27, 2003
Ephesians 3:14-21

Step I: Initial Acquaintance


[GNJB = German translation of the New Jerusalem Bible]

v. 14
NRSV ... before the Father
KJV ... unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
GNJB ... vor dem Vater (before the Father)

v. 15
NRSV ... takes its name
KJV ... is named
GNJB ... benannt wird (is being named)

v. 16
NRSV ... that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his spirit
KJV ... to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man
GNJB ... dass ihr in eurem Innern durch seinen Geist an Kraft und Staerke zunehmt (that you may increase in power and strength in your inner being through his spirit)

v. 18
NRSV ... to comprehend ...
KJV ... to comprehend ...
GNJB ... zu ermessen ... (to measure; to grasp by applying a measure)

v. 19
NRSV ... so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
KJV ... that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
GNJB ... So werdet ihr mehr und mehr von der ganzen Fuelle Gottes erfuellt (Thus, you will be more and more filled by the entire fullness of God)

v. 20
NRSV ... far more than all we can ask or imagine
KJV ... above all that we ask or think
GNJB ... unendlich viel mehr ... als wir erbitten oder uns ausdenken koennen (infinitely more than we can ask for ourselves or imagine/think out for ourselves)

v. 21
NRSV to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
KJV Unto him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
GNJB er werde verherrlicht durch die Kirche und durch Christus Jesus in allen Generationen, fuer ewige Zeiten (he shall be glorified through the church and through Christ Jesus in all generations, for eternal times. Amen.)


14 For this reason I am [continuously] bowing the knees of me before the father, 15 out of whom every family/nation in heaven(s) and on earth is being named, 16 in order that he might give to you (pl.) according to the abundance of the glory of him by means of/with power [perhaps: in power] to be strengthened [lit. to be become strong = aor. pass. infin. of krataioomai] through the spirit of him into the innermost being of a human being, 17 to put Christ through the faith into the hearts of you (pl.), as ones who, in love, have been firmly rooted and been firmly established, 18 in order that you (pl) might be fully able to make [it] your own with all the saints what [is] the breadth/width and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the thrown-over-knowledge-love of Christ, in order that you (pl) might be filled into all the fullness of God.

20 Now/then, to the one who is able to do more than everything, far beyond what we are asking (for our own benefit) or imagining according to the power which is being at work in us, 21 to him [be] the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus into all generations forever and ever, Amen.

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