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Ephesians 5:32 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— This mystery is great: but I speak in regard of Christ and of the church.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— This mystery is great, but *I* speak as to Christ, and as to the assembly.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— This sacred secret, is, great,—I, however, am speaking as to Christ and [as to] the assembly;—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— this secret is great, and I speak in regard to Christ and to the assembly;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— This is a great sacrament: but I speak in Christ and in the church.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— This is a great mysterie: but I speake concerning Christ and the Church.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— This mystery is great; but I speak of the Meshiha and of his church.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— This is a great mystery; but I am speaking of the Messiah, and of his church.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
This 5124
{5124} Prime
Neuter, singular, nomitive or accusative of G3778; that thing.
is 2076
{2076} Prime
Third person singular present indicative of G1510; he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are.
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
a great 3173
{3173} Prime
Including the prolonged forms, feminine μεγάλη [[megale]], plural μέγάλοι [[megaloi]], etc.; compare also G3176, G3187], big (literally or figuratively, in a very wide application).
mystery: 3466
{3466} Prime
From a derivative of μύω [[muo]] (to shut the mouth); a secret or 'mystery' (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites).
but 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
I 1473
{1473} Prime
A primary pronoun of the first person, 'I' (only expressed when emphatic).
speak 3004
{3004} Prime
A primary verb; properly to 'lay' forth, that is, (figuratively) relate (in words [usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue]); by implication to mean.
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
concerning 1519
{1519} Prime
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
Christ 5547
{5547} Prime
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
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.
[1519] Standard
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

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).
church. 1577
{1577} Prime
From a compound of G1537 and a derivative of G2564; a calling out, that is, (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ephesians 5:32

_ _ Rather, “This mystery is a great one.” This profound truth, beyond man’s power of discovering, but now revealed, namely, of the spiritual union of Christ and the Church, represented by the marriage union, is a great one, of deep import. See on Ephesians 5:30. So “mystery” is used of a divine truth not to be discovered save by revelation of God (Romans 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:51). The Vulgate wrongly translates, “This is a great sacrament,” which is made the plea by the Romish Church (in spite of the blunder having been long ago exposed by their own commentators, Cajetan and Estius) for making marriage a sacrament; it is plain not marriage in general, but that of Christ and the Church, is what is pronounced to be a “great mystery,” as the words following prove, “I [emphatic] say it in regard to Christ and to the Church” (so the Greek is best translated). “I, while I quote these words out of Scripture, use them in a higher sense” [Conybeare and Howson].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Ephesians 5:32

(15) This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

(15) That no man might dream of natural union or knitting of Christ and his Church together (such as the husbands and the wives is) he shows that it is secret, that is, spiritual and such as differs greatly from the common capacity of man. And it consists by the power of the Spirit, and not of the flesh, by faith, and by no natural bond.

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Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
1 Timothy 3:8 Likewise [must] the deacons [be] grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.


Psalms 45:9-17 Kings' daughters [were] among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir. ... I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.
Song of Songs 1:1-8:14 The song of songs, which [is] Solomon's. ... Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.
Isaiah 54:5 For thy Maker [is] thine husband; the LORD of hosts [is] his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
Isaiah 62:4-5 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. ... For [as] a young man marrieth a virgin, [so] shall thy sons marry thee: and [as] the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, [so] shall thy God rejoice over thee.
John 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ.
Revelation 19:7-8 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. ... And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
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