The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Book 56: Ephesians by Anonymous


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The Whole Revised and Diligently Compared with
the Latin Vulgate by Bishop Richard Challoner
A.D. 1749-1752





THE EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS

Ephesus was the capital of Lesser Asia, and celebrated for the temple of
Diana, to which the most part of the people of the East went frequently
to worship. But St. Paul having preached the Gospel there, for two years
the first time and afterwards for about a year, converted many. He wrote
this Epistle to them when he was a prisoner in Rome; and sent it by
Tychicus. He admonishes them to hold firmly the faith which they had
received and warns them, and also those of the neighbouring cities,
against the sophistry of philosophers and doctrine of false teachers who
were come among them. The matters of faith contained in this Epistle are
exceedingly sublime, and consequently very difficult to be understood.
It was written about twenty-nine years after our Lord's Ascension.


Ephesians Chapter 1

The great blessings we have received through Christ. He is the head of
all the church.

1:1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, to all the
saints who are at Ephesus and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.

1:2. Grace be to you and peace, from God the Father and from the Lord
Jesus Christ.

1:3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath
blessed us with spiritual blessings in heavenly places, in Christ:

In heavenly places... or, in heavenly things. In coelestibus.

1:4. As he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we
should be holy and unspotted in his sight in charity.

1:5. Who hath predestinated us unto the adoption of children through
Jesus Christ unto himself: according to the purpose of his will:

1:6. Unto the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he hath graced
us, in his beloved son.

1:7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of
sins, according to the riches of his, grace,

1:8. Which hath superabounded in us, in all wisdom and prudence,

1:9. That he might make known unto us the mystery of his will, according
to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in him,

1:10. In the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish all
things in Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in him.

1:11. In whom we also are called by lot, being predestinated according
to the purpose of him who worketh all things according to the counsel of
his will.

1:12. That we may be unto the praise of his glory: we who before hoped
in Christ:

1:13. In whom you also, after you had heard the word of truth (the
gospel of your salvation), in whom also believing, you were signed with
the holy Spirit of promise.

1:14. Who is the pledge of our inheritance, unto the redemption of
acquisition, unto the praise of his glory.

Acquisition... that is, a purchased possession.

1:15. Wherefore, I also, hearing of your faith that is in the Lord Jesus
and of your love towards all the saints,

1:16. Cease not to give thanks for you, making commemoration of you in
my prayers,

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