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Ephesians 3:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— if so be that ye have heard of the dispensation of that grace of God which was given me to you-ward;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me on your account.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— (if indeed ye have heard of the administration of the grace of God which has been given to me towards you,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— If at least ye have heard of the administration of the favour of God which hath been given unto me for you,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— if, indeed, ye did hear of the dispensation of the grace of God that was given to me in regard to you,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— If yet you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me towards you:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— If ye haue heard of the dispensation of the grace of God, which is giuen me to youward:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— if you have heard the dispensation of the grace of Aloha which was given me for you;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— if so be, ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God, which was given to me among you:

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
If 1489
{1489} Prime
εἴγε
eige
{i'-gheh}
From G1487 and G1065; if indeed, seeing that, unless, (with negative) otherwise.
ye have heard 191
{0191} Prime
ἀκούω
akouo
{ak-oo'-o}
A primary verb; to hear (in various senses).
z5656
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
of the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
dispensation 3622
{3622} Prime
οἰκονομία
oikonomia
{oy-kon-om-ee'-ah}
From G3623; administration (of a household or estate); specifically a (religious) 'economy'.
of the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
grace 5485
{5485} Prime
χάρις
charis
{khar'-ece}
From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude).
of God 2316
{2316} Prime
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
which y3588
[3588] Standard

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
is given 1325
{1325} Prime
δίδωμι
didomi
{did'-o-mee}
A prolonged form of a primary verb (which is used as an alternate in most of the tenses); to give (used in a very wide application, properly or by implication, literally or figuratively; greatly modified by the connection).
z5685
<5685> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 215
me 3427
{3427} Prime
μοί
moi
{moy}
The simpler form of G1698; to me.
to 1519
{1519} Prime
εἰς
eis
{ice}
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
you-ward: 5209
{5209} Prime
ὑμᾶς
humas
{hoo-mas'}
Accusative of G5210; you (as the object of a verb or preposition).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ephesians 3:2

_ _ If — The Greek does not imply doubt: “Assuming (what I know to be the fact, namely) that ye have heard,” etc. “If, as I presume,” The indicative in the Greek shows that no doubt is implied: “Seeing that doubtless,” etc. He by this phrase delicately reminds them of their having heard from himself, and probably from others subsequently, the fact. See on Introduction, showing that these words do not disprove the address of this Epistle to the Ephesians. Compare Acts 20:17-24.

_ _ the dispensation — “The office of dispensing, as a steward, the grace of God which was (not ‘is’) given me to you-ward,” namely, to dispense to you.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ephesians 3:1-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ephesians 3:2

The dispensation of the grace of God given me in your behalf — That is, the commission to dispense the gracious gospel; to you gentiles in particular. This they had heard from his own mouth.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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ye:

Ephesians 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
Galatians 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
Colossians 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love [which ye have] to all the saints,
Colossians 1:6 Which is come unto you, as [it is] in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as [it doth] also in you, since the day ye heard [of it], and knew the grace of God in truth:
2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

the dispensation:

Ephesians 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
Ephesians 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
Acts 22:21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
Acts 26:17-18 Delivering thee from the people, and [from] the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, ... To open their eyes, [and] to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from] the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
Romans 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Romans 15:15-16 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, ... That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
1 Corinthians 9:17-22 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation [of the gospel] is committed unto me. ... To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all [men], that I might by all means save some.
Galatians 1:15-16 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called [me] by his grace, ... To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
Galatians 2:8-9 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) ... And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we [should go] unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.
Colossians 1:25-27 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; ... To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
1 Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, [and] lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
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