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Ephesians 5:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Become ye, therefore, imitators of God, as children beloved,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Become, then, followers of God, as children beloved,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Be ye therefore followers of God, as most dear children:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Be ye therefore followers of God, as deare children.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Be therefore imitators of Aloha, as beloved children;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Be ye therefore imitators of God, as dear children:

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Be 1096
{1096} Prime
A prolonged and middle form of a primary verb; to cause to be ('gen' -erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literally, figuratively, intensively, etc.).
<5737> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 152
ye y3402
[3402] Standard
From G3401; an imitator.
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
therefore 3767
{3767} Prime
Apparently a primary word; (adverbially) certainly, or (conjugationally) accordingly.
followers 3402
{3402} Prime
From G3401; an imitator.
of God, 2316
{2316} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
as 5613
{5613} Prime
Probably adverb of comparative from G3739; which how, that is, in that manner (very variously used as shown).
dear 27
{0027} Prime
From G0025; beloved.
children; 5043
{5043} Prime
From the base of G5098; a child (as produced).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ephesians 5:1

_ _ Ephesians 5:1-33. Exhortations to love: And against carnal lusts and communications. Circumspection in walk: Redeeming the time: Being filled with the spirit: Singing to the Lord with thankfulness: The wife’s duty to the husband rests on that of the Church to Christ.

_ _ therefore — seeing that “God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).

_ _ followersGreek, “imitators” of God, in respect to “love” (Ephesians 5:2): God’s essential character (1 John 4:16).

_ _ as dear childrenGreek, “as children beloved”; to which Ephesians 5:2 refers, “As Christ also loved us” (1 John 4:19). “We are sons of men, when we do ill; sons of God, when we do well” [Augustine, on Psalms 52:1-9]; (compare Matthew 5:44, Matthew 5:45, Matthew 5:48). Sonship infers an absolute necessity of imitation, it being vain to assume the title of son without any similitude of the Father [Pearson].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Ephesians 5:1-2

_ _ Here we have the exhortation to mutual love, or to Christian charity. The apostle had been insisting on this in the former chapter, and particularly in the last verses of it, to which the particle therefore refers, and connects what he had said there with what is contained in these verses, thus: “Because God, for Christ's sake, has forgiven you, therefore be you followers of God, or imitators of him;” for so the word signifies. Pious persons should imitate the God whom they worship, as far as he has revealed himself as imitable by them. They must conform themselves to his example, and have his image renewed upon them. This puts a great honour upon practical religion, that it is the imitating of God. We must be holy as God is holy, merciful as he is merciful, perfect as he is perfect. But there is no one attribute of God more recommended to our imitation than that of his goodness. Be you imitators of God, or resemble him, in every grace, and especially in his love, and in his pardoning goodness. God is love; and those that dwell in love dwell in God and God in them. Thus he has proclaimed his name, Gracious and merciful, and abundant in goodness. As dear children, as children (who are wont to be greatly beloved by their parents) usually resemble them in the lineaments and features of their faces, and in the dispositions and qualities of their minds; or as becomes the children of God, who are beloved and cherished by their heavenly Father. Children are obliged to imitate their parents in what is good, especially when dearly beloved by them. The character that we bear of God's children obliges us to resemble him, especially in his love and goodness, in his mercy and readiness to forgive. And those only are God's dear children who imitate him in these. It follows, And walk in love, Ephesians 5:2. This godlike grace should conduct and influence our whole conversation, which is meant by walking in it. It should be the principle from which we act; it should direct the ends at which we aim. We should be more careful to give proof of the sincerity of our love one to another. As Christ also hath loved us. Here the apostle directs us to the example of Christ, whom Christians are obliged to imitate, and in whom we have an instance of the most free and generous love that ever was, that great love wherewith he hath loved us. We are all joint sharers in that love, and partakers of the comfort of it, and therefore should love one another, Christ having loved us all and given such proof of his love to us; for he hath given himself for us. The apostle designedly enlarges on the subject; for what can yield us more delightful matter for contemplation than this? Christ gave himself to die for us; and the death of Christ was the great sacrifice of atonement: An offering and a sacrifice to God; or an offering, even a sacrifice — a propitiatory sacrifice, to expiate our guilt, which had been prefigured in the legal oblations and sacrifices; and this for a sweet-smelling savour. Some observe that the sin-offerings were never said to be of a sweet-smelling savour; but this is said of the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. As he offered himself with a design to be accepted of God, so God did accept, was pleased with, and appeased by, that sacrifice. Note, As the sacrifice of Christ was efficacious with God, so his example should be prevailing with us, and we should carefully copy after it.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ephesians 5:1

Be ye therefore followers — Imitators. Of God — In forgiving and loving. O how much more honourable and more happy, to be an imitator of God, than of Homer, Virgil, or Alexander the Great!

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Leviticus 11:45 For I [am] the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I [am] holy.
Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Luke 6:35-36 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and [to] the evil. ... Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
1 Peter 1:15-16 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; ... Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.


Jeremiah 31:20 [Is] Ephraim my dear son? [is he] a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD.
Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, [that] in the place where it was said unto them, Ye [are] not my people, [there] it shall be said unto them, [Ye are] the sons of the living God.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:
Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
1 John 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. ... Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
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