“according to the power that worketh in us”



In this verse, Paul says a prayer for the Ephesians. He prays that those who have the strength and spirit within, to go beyond expectations.

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“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”

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Ephesians 3:20 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Now δὲ But, and, etc Now
unto him that Τῷ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) unto him that
is able δυναμένῳ To be able or possible able
to do ποιῆσαι To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) do
exceeding ἐκ A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause literal or figurative; direct or remote) exceeding
abundantly περισσοῦ Superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality); by implication, excessive; adverbially (with G1537) violently; neuter (as noun) preeminence abundantly
above ὑπὲρ "over", i.e., (with the genitive case) of place, above, beyond, across, or causal, for the sake of, instead, regarding; with the accusative case superior to, more than above
all πάντα All, any, every, the whole all
that ὧν The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that that
we ask αἰτούμεθα To ask (in genitive case) ask
or Disjunctive, or; comparative, than or
think, νοοῦμεν To exercise the mind (observe), i.e., (figuratively) to comprehend, heed think
according to κατὰ (prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined) according
the τὴν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
power δύναμιν Force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself) power
that τὴν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) that
worketh ἐνεργουμένην To be active, efficient worketh
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
us, ἡμῖν To (or for, with, by) us us

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  • 18  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

  • 19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

  • 20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

  • 21  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.


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