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“Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

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Ephesians 5:21 Translation & Meaning

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Submitting ὑποτασσόμενοι To subordinate; reflexively, to obey Submitting
yourselves one to ἀλλήλοις One another yourselves one
another ἀλλήλοις One another another
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
the fear φόβῳ Alarm or fright fear
of God. Θεοῦ A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God

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  • 19  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

  • 20  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

  • 21  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

  • 22  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

  • 23  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.


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