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Ephesians 3:15 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— of whom every family in [the] heavens and on earth is named,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— From whom every fatherhood in [the] heavens and upon the earth is named,—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— of whom the whole family in the heavens and on earth is named,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Of whom all paternity in heaven and earth is named:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Of whom the whole family in heauen and earth is named,
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— from whom is named the whole family who are in heaven and in earth;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— from whom the whole family in heaven and on earth is named;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Of 1537
{1537} Prime
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).
whom 3739
{3739} Prime
Probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article G3588); the relative (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that.
the whole 3956
{3956} Prime
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
family 3965
{3965} Prime
As if feminine of a derivative of G3962; paternal descent, that is, (concretely) a group of families or a whole race (nation).
in 1722
{1722} Prime
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
heaven 3772
{3772} Prime
Perhaps from the same as G3735 (through the idea of elevation); the sky; by extension heaven (as the abode of God); by implication happiness, power, eternity; specifically the Gospel (Christianity).
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
earth 1093
{1093} Prime
Contracted from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application).
[1909] Standard
A primary preposition properly meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution [with the genitive case], that is, over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc.
is named, 3687
{3687} Prime
From G3686; to name, that is, assign an appellation; by extension to utter, mention, profess.
<5743> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 271
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ephesians 3:15

_ _ the whole family — Alford, Middleton, and others translate, “every family”: alluding to the several families in heaven and in earth supposed to exist [Theophylact, Aecumenius, in Suicer, 2.633], the apostle thus being supposed to imply that God, in His relation of Father to us His adopted children, is the great prototype of the paternal relation wherever found. But the idea that “the holy angels are bound up in spiritual families or compaternities,” is nowhere else in Scripture referred to. And Acts 2:36, where the article is similarly omitted, and yet the translation is, “All the house of Israel,” shows that in New Testament Greek the translation is justifiable, “all the family,” or “the whole family”: which accords with Scripture views, that angels and men, the saints militant and those with God, are one holy family joined under the one Father in Christ, the mediator between heaven and earth (Ephesians 1:10; Philippians 2:10). Hence angels are termed our “brethren” (Revelation 19:10), and “sons of God” by creation, as we are by adoption (Job 38:7). The Church is part of the grand family, or kingdom, which comprehends, besides men, the higher spiritual world, where the archetype, to the realization of which redeemed man is now tending, is already realized. This universal idea of the “kingdom” of God as one divine community, is presented to us in the Lord’s Prayer. By sin men were estranged, not only from God, but from that higher spiritual world in which the kingdom of God is already realized. As Christ when He reconciled men to God, united them to one another in a divine community (joined to Himself, the one Head), breaking down the partition wall between Jew and Gentile (Ephesians 2:14), so also He joins them in communion with all those who have already attained that perfection in the kingdom of God, to which the Church on earth is aspiring (Colossians 1:20) [Neander].

_ _ is named — derives its origin and its name as sons of God. To be named, and to be, are one with God. To bear God’s name is to belong to God as His own peculiar people (Numbers 6:27; Isaiah 43:7; Isaiah 44:5; Romans 9:25, Romans 9:26).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ephesians 3:14-21.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ephesians 3:15

Of whom — The Father. The whole family of angels in heaven, saints in paradise, and believers on earth is named. Being the "children of God," (a more honourable title than "children of Abraham,") and depending on him as the Father of the family.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Ephesians 3:15

Of whom the whole (e) family in heaven and earth is named,

(e) That entire people, who had but one household Father, and that is the Church which is adopted in Christ.

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the whole:

Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him:
Ephesians 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: ... And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, [I say], whether [they be] things in earth, or things in heaven.
Revelation 5:8-14 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four [and] twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. ... And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four [and] twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Revelation 7:4-12 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. ... Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, [be] unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.


Isaiah 65:15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:
Jeremiah 33:16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this [is the name] wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness.
Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth [it].
Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write upon him] my new name.
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