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Isahluko 1

1 UPawulu, umphostoli kaKristu Jesu ngentando kaNkulunkulu, kubo abangcwele abase-Efesu nakubo abakholwa nguKristu Jesu:
2 Makube kini umusa nokuthula okuvela kuNkulunkulu uBaba wethu naseNkosini uJesu Kristu.
3 Makabongwe uNkulunkulu, uYise weNkosi yethu uJesu Kristu osibusisile ezulwini kuKristu ngesibusiso sonke sokomoya,
4 njengalokho asikhethela kuye ngothando ngaphambi kokusekelwa kwezwe ukuba sibe ngcwele, singabi nakusolwa phambi kwakhe;
5 wasimisela ngaphambili ukuba sibe ngabantwana kuye ngoJesu Kristu, njengalokho kwaba kuhle kuye ngentando yakhe,
6 ukuze kutuswe inkazimulo yomusa wakhe asiphe wona ngesihle ngaye oThandiweyo;
7 esinokuhlengwa kuye ngegazi lakhe, ukuthethelelwa kwezono ngokwengcebo yomusa wakhe
8 awuvamisa kithi ngakho konke ukuhlakanipha nokuqonda,
9 esazisa imfihlakalo yentando yakhe njengokuzibonela kwakhe azimisela khona ngaphambili,
10 kuze kube yihlelo lokuphelela kwezikhathi lokuba kuhlanganiselwe ndawonye kuKristu konke okusezulwini nokusemhlabeni;
11 kuyena esabelwa futhi ifa kuye, esakumiselwa ngaphambili ngokwesimiso salowo osebenza izinto zonke ngokunquma kwentando yakhe,
12 ukuze sibe ludumo lwenkazimulo yakhe, thina esethemba ngaphambili kuKristu;
13 kuye nani esenizwile izwi leqiniso, ivangeli lokusindiswa kwenu, enakholwa nguye futhi, nani nabekwa uphawu olunguMoya oNgcwele wesithembiso
14 oyisibambiso sefa lethu, kube ngukuhlengwa kokungokwakhe, ukuze kutuswe inkazimulo yakhe.
15 Ngalokho nami, sengizwile ngokukholwa okukini eNkosini uJesu nothando kubo bonke abangcwele,
16 angiyeki ukubonga ngenxa yenu, nginikhumbula emikhulekweni yami,
17 ukuze uNkulunkulu weNkosi yethu uJesu Kristu, uYise wenkazimulo, aniphe umoya wokuhlakanipha nokwambulelwa ekumazini yena;
18 ekhanyisiwe amehlo enhliziyo yenu, nize nazi okuyithemba lobizo lwakhe nokuyingcebo yenkazimulo yefa lakhe kubo abangcwele,
19 nokungubukhulu obumangalisayo bamandla akhe kithina esikholwayo, ngokokusebenza kwamandla akhe amakhulu
20 asebenze ngawo kuKristu emvusa kwabafileyo, wamhlalisa ngakwesokunene sakhe ezulwini,
21 ngaphezu kwakho konke ukubusa, negunya, namandla, nobukhosi, namagama onke aphathwayo, kungekuleli zwe lodwa kepha nakulo elizayo;
22 wakubeka konke phansi kwezinyawo zakhe, wammisa abe yinhloko phezu kwakho konke kulo ibandla,
23 elona lingumzimba wakhe, ukugcwala kwakhe ogcwalisa konke kubo bonke.


Isahluko 2

1 Uniphilisile nani enanifile ngeziphambeko nangezono zenu,
2 enanikade nihamba kuzo ngokwendlela yaleli zwe, ngokombusi wamandla omkhathi, ongumoya osasebenza kubantwana bokungalaleli,
3 esasikade sihamba phakathi kwabo sonke ezinkanukweni zenyama yethu, senza intando yenyama neyengqondo; ngemvelo sasingabantwana bolaka njengabo abanye.
4 Kepha uNkulunkulu ecebile ngesihawu, ngenxa yothando lwakhe olukhulu asithanda ngalo,
5 sesifile ngeziphambeko, wenza siphile kanye noKristu — kungomusa nisindisiwe —
6 wasivusa kanye naye, wasihlalisa kanye naye embusweni wezulu kuKristu Jesu,
7 kuze kuthi ezikhathini ezizayo abonakalise ingcebo enkulu yomusa wakhe ngobubele kithina kuKristu Jesu.
8 Ngokuba ngomusa nisindisiwe ngokukholwa; nalokhu akuveli kini, kuyisipho sikaNkulunkulu;
9 akuveli ngemisebenzi, ukuze kungabikho ozibongayo.
10 Ngokuba singumsebenzi wakhe kuKristu Jesu, sidalelwe imisebenzi emihle ayilungisela ngaphambili uNkulunkulu ukuba sihambe kuyo.
11 Ngakho khumbulani ukuthi nina enanikade ningabezizwe ngokwenyama, ababizwa ngokuthi abangasoki yilabo ababizwa ngokuthi abokusoka, okwenziwa ngezandla enyameni,
12 ukuthi ngaleso sikhathi naningenaye uKristu, naningaphandle kombuso ka-Israyeli, naningabafokazi ezivumelwaneni zesithembiso, ningenathemba, ningenaNkulunkulu ezweni.
13 Kepha manje kuKristu Jesu nina enanikade nikude senenziwe abaseduze ngegazi likaKristu.
14 Ngokuba yena ungukuthula kwethu, owenza kokubili kwaba kunye, nowabhidliza udonga olwahlukanisayo olungubutha,
15 ngenyama yakhe ewenzile ize umthetho wemiyalo esezimisweni ukuba adale kuyena labo ababili babe muntu munye omusha, enze ukuthula,
16 enze futhi ukuba bobabili babuyisane noNkulunkulu emzimbeni munye ngesiphambano, esebulele ubutha ngakho.
17 Weza washumayela ivangeli lokuthula kinina enanikude, yebo, ukuthula nakubo abaseduze.
18 Ngokuba ngaye sinokungena sobabili ngoMoya munye kuYise.
19 Ngakho aniseyibo abafokazi nezihambi, kodwa senimbuso munye nabangcwele, ningabendlu kaNkulunkulu,
20 nakhiwe phezu kwesisekelo sabaphostoli nabaprofethi, uKristu Jesu uqobo lwakhe eyitshe legumbi,
21 okuhlanganiselwe kuye isakhiwo sonke, sikhule sibe yithempeli elingcwele eNkosini,
22 okukuyo nani, nakhiwe kanye nabanye, ukuba nibe yindlu kaNkulunkulu ngoMoya.


Isahluko 3

1 Ngenxa yalokho mina Pawulu ngiyisiboshwa sikaKristu Jesu ngenxa yenu nina bezizwe —
2 uma ngabe senizwile ngohlelo lomusa kaNkulunkulu engiwuphiweyo ngenxa yenu
3 ukuthi ngaziswa imfihlakalo ngesambulo, njengalokho sengaloba ngokufushane —
4 okungakho, nxa nikufunda, ningaqonda ukwazi kwami ngemfihlakalo kaKristu,
5 bengayaziswanga abantwana babantu ezizukulwaneni ezinye, njengalokhu isiyambuliwe manje kubaphostoli bakhe abangcwele nabaprofethi ngoMoya
6 ukuthi abezizwe bayizindlalifa kanye nathi, nokuthi bamzimba munye nathi, nokuthi bangabahlanganyeli besithembiso kanye nathi kuKristu Jesu ngevangeli;
7 engenziwa isikhonzi salo ngokwesipho somusa kaNkulunkulu engiwuphiwe ngokokusebenza kwamandla akhe.
8 Mina engimncinyane kunabo bonke abangcwele ngaphiwa lowo musa wokushumayeza abezizwe ivangeli lengcebo kaKristu engaphenyekiyo
9 nokubakhanyisela ukuthi luyini uhlelo lwemfihlakalo ebifihliwe kwaphakade kuNkulunkulu owadala izinto zonke,
10 ukuze imibuso nabanamandla emazulwini baziswe manje ngebandla ukuhlakanipha okuninginingi kukaNkulunkulu,
11 ngokwecebo laphakade alenza ngoKristu Jesu iNkosi yethu;
12 okungaye sinesibindi ukungena ngokwethemba, ngokukholwa nguye.
13 Ngalokho ngiyacela ukuba ningadangali ngezinhlupheko zami ngenxa yenu, okuludumo lwenu.
14 Ngenxa yalokho ngiguqa ngamadolo ami kuYise,
15 eyethiwa ngaye imindeni yonke ezulwini nasemhlabeni,
16 ukuba ngokwengcebo yenkazimulo yakhe aninike ukuqiniseka emandleni ngoMoya wakhe kumuntu ongaphakathi;
17 uKristu ahlale ezinhliziyweni zenu ngokukholwa, ukuze nigxile, nisekelwe othandweni,
18 nibe namandla okuqonda kanye nabangcwele bonke okungububanzi, nobude, nokuphakama, nokujula,
19 nokulwazi uthando lukaKristu oludlula ukwazi konke, ukuze nigcwaliswe kube ngukugcwala konke kukaNkulunkulu.
20 Kepha yena onamandla okwenza okukhulu kakhulu kunakho konke esikucelayo nesikuqondayo ngokwamandla asebenza kithi,
21 makube kuye udumo ebandleni nakuKristu Jesu ezizukulwaneni zonke zaphakade naphakade. Amen.


Isahluko 4

1Ngakho mina siboshwa eNkosini ngiyanincenga ukuba nihambe ngokufanele ukubizwa enabizwa ngakho,
2 ngokuthobeka konke nobumnene, ngokubheka kade nokubekezelelana ngothando,
3 nikhuthalele ukugcina ubunye bukaMoya ngesibopho sokuthula;
4 munye umzimba, munye uMoya, njengalokho nabizelwa ethembeni linye lokubizwa kwenu;
5 yinye iNkosi, yinye inkolo, munye umbhapathizo;
6 munye uNkulunkulu, uYise wabo bonke, ophezu kwabo bonke, okubo bonke, ophakathi kwabo bonke.
7 Kepha yilowo nalowo kithina uphiwe umusa ngokwesilinganiso sesipho sikaKristu.
8 Ngalokho uthi: “Esenyukele phezulu wathumba abathunjiweyo, wapha abantu izipho.”
9 Kepha lokhu ukuthi wenyuka, kuthini, uma kungesikho ukuthi wake wehlela ezindaweni zomhlaba eziphansi na?
10 Owehlayo nguyena owenyukela futhi ngaphezu kwamazulu onke, ukuze agcwalise konke.
11 Nguyena futhi owanika abanye ukuba babe ngabaphostoli, abanye abaprofethi, abanye abavangeli, abanye abelusi nabafundisi,
12 ukuze abangcwele bapheleliselwe umsebenzi wokukhonza, kwakhiwe umzimba kaKristu,
13 size sifinyelele sonke ebunyeni bokukholwa nasekwazini iNdodana kaNkulunkulu, ebudodeni obupheleleyo, esilinganisweni sobukhulu sokugcwala kukaKristu,
14 ukuze singabe sisaba yizingane, sishukunyiswa okwamaza, sipheshulwa yimimoya yonke yezifundiso ngenkohliso yabantu, ngobuqili obunamacebo okudukisayo;
15 kodwa sithi sikhuluma iqiniso ngothando, sikhulele ngakho konke kuye oyinhloko, uKristu,
16 okungaye umzimba wonke uhlanganisiwe, ubambene ngokwelekelelana kwamalungu onke awo njengokusebenza okulinganiselwe yilelo nalelo lungu, kukhuliswe umzimba, ube yisakhiwo othandweni.
17 Ngakho ngisho, ngifakaza eNkosini, ngithi ningabe nisahamba njengalokhu kuhamba abezizwe ebuzeni bengqondo yabo,
18 behlwelwe emqondweni, behlukanisiwe nokuphila kukaNkulunkulu ngokungazi okukubo ngenxa yobulukhuni benhliziyo yabo,
19 abathi bebuthuntu, bazinikela emanyaleni, ukuze basebenze ukungcola konke ngokuhuheka.
20 Kepha nina animfundanga uKristu kanjalo,
21 uma-ke nimzwile nafundiswa kuye, njengokuba iqiniso likuJesu,
22 ukuba nikhumule umuntu omdala ongowenkambo yokuqala, owonakala ngezinkanuko zenkohliso,
23 nenziwe basha emoyeni wengqondo yenu,
24 nembathe umuntu omusha owadalwa ngokukaNkulunkulu ekulungeni nasebungcweleni beqiniso.
25 Ngakho lahlani amanga, nikhulume iqiniso, yilowo nalowo nomakhelwane wakhe, lokhu singamalungu omunye komunye.
26 Thukuthelani ningoni; ilanga malingashoni nisathukuthele.
27 Ningamniki uSathane indawo.
28 Owebayo angabe eseba, kepha kunalokho akhuthale asebenze okuhle ngezandla zakhe, ukuze abe nokokwabela osweleyo.
29 Makungaphumi emlonyeni wenu nalinye izwi elibolileyo, kodwa kube ngelilungele ukwakha njengokuswelekileyo, ukuze libavezele umusa abezwayo.
30 Ningamdabukisi uMoya oNgcwele kaNkulunkulu enabekwa uphawu ngaye kuze kube lusuku lokuhlengwa.
31 Konke okubabayo, nentukuthelo, nolaka, nomsindo, nokuhlambalaza makususwe kini kanye nakho konke okubi.
32 Maniphathane ngobumnene, nihawukelane, nithethelelane, njengalokho noNkulunkulu wanithethelela ngoKristu.


Isahluko 5

1 Ngakho yibani ngabalingisa uNkulunkulu njengabantwana abathandekayo,
2 nihambe othandweni, njengalokho uKristu wanithanda, wazinikela ngenxa yethu, abe ngumnikelo nomhlatshelo, abe yiphunga elimnandi kuNkulunkulu.
3 Kepha ubufebe, nakho konke ukungcola, noma isangabe, makungaphathwa nangegama phakathi kwenu, njengokuba kufanele abangcwele,
4 nehlazo, nokubheda, nokulawula, okuyizinto ezingafanele, kepha kunalokho makube ngukubonga.
5 Ngokuba yazini lokhu, nikuqonde ukuthi akukho sifebe, noma ongcolileyo, noma onesangabe ongokhonza izithombe, onefa embusweni kaKristu noNkulunkulu.
6 Masingakhohliswa muntu ngamazwi ayize, ngokuba ngenxa yalezo zinto ulaka lukaNkulunkulu lwehlela phezu kwabantwana bokungalaleli.
7 Ngakho-ke ningabi ngabahlanganyela nabo.
8 Ngokuba kade naningubumnyama, kepha manje ningukukhanya eNkosini; hambani njengabantwana bokukhanya,
9 ngokuba izithelo zokukhanya zisebuhleni bonke nasekulungeni naseqinisweni,
10 nihlole ukuthi kuyini okuthandeka eNkosini,
11 ningahlanganyeli imisebenzi yobumnyama engenazithelo, kepha kunalokho niyidalule;
12 ngokuba okwenziwa yibo ngasese kuyihlazo nokukhuluma ngakho.
13 Kepha konke okudalulwayo kubonakaliswa ngukukhanya, ngokuba konke okubonakaliswayo kungukukhanya.
14 Ngalokho uthi: “Phaphama wena oleleyo, uvuke kwabafileyo, uKristu uzakukukhanyisa.”
15 Ngakho-ke bhekisisani ukuthi nihamba kanjani, kungabi njengabangahlakaniphile kepha njengabahlakaniphileyo,
16 nithengisise isikhathi, ngokuba izinsuku zimbi.
17 Ngakho-ke ningabi yiziwula, kodwa qondani okuyintando yeNkosi.
18 Ningadakwa yiwayini, kuvela kulo umhumheko, kodwa nigcwaliswe ngoMoya,
19 niphendulane ngamahubo nangezihlabelelo nangamaculo okomoya, nihlabelele, nihubele iNkosi enhliziyweni yenu,
20 nimbonge njalo uNkulunkulu uYise ngakho konke egameni leNkosi yethu uJesu Kristu,
21 nithobelane ngokumesaba uKristu.
22 Abafazi mabathobele amadoda abo kungathi kukuyo iNkosi,
23 ngokuba indoda iyinhloko yomfazi, njengokuba noKristu uyinhloko yebandla, yena engumsindisi womzimba.
24 Kepha njengokuba ibandla lithobela uKristu, kanjalo nabafazi mabathobele amadoda ezintweni zonke.
25 Madoda, thandani omkenu, njengalokho noKristu ulithandile ibandla, wazinikela ngenxa yalo
26 ukuba alingcwelise, alihlambulule ngesigezo samanzi ngezwi,
27 ukuze azimisele ibandla elinenkazimulo, lingenasisihla, nambimbi, nanto enjalo, kodwa libe ngcwele lingenacala.
28 Kanjalo amadoda afanele ukuthanda omkawo njengemizimba yawo. Othanda umkakhe uzithanda yena.
29 Ngokuba akakho owake wazonda eyakhe inyama, kepha uyayondla, ayiphathe kahle, njengalokhu noKristu enza kulo ibandla;
30 ngokuba singamalungu omzimba wakhe.
31 Ngenxa yalokho umuntu uyakushiya uyise nonina, anamathele kumkakhe; labo ababili bayakuba nyamanye.
32 Le mfihlakalo inkulu, kepha ngikhuluma ngoKristu nebandla.
33 Nani-ke, yilowo nalowo makathande umkakhe njengokuba ezithanda yena, kepha umfazi makahloniphe indoda yakhe.


Isahluko 6

1 Bantwana, lalelani abazali benu eNkosini, ngokuba lokho kulungile.
2 Yazisa uyihlo nonyoko, okungumyalelo wokuqala onesithembiso:
3 ukuze kube kuhle kuwe, uhlale kade emhlabeni.
4 Nani boyise, ningabathukuthelisi abantwana benu, kodwa nibondle ngokuyala nangokuqondisa kweNkosi.
5 Zinceku, abangamakhosi enu ngokwenyama, balaleleni ngokwesaba nokuthuthumela ngobuqotho benhliziyo yenu kungathi kukuKristu,
6 ningathengi amehlo njengabathokozisa abantu, kodwa njengezinceku zikaKristu nenze intando kaNkulunkulu ngenhliziyo,
7 nikhonze ngothando kungathi kuseNkosini kungekubantu,
8 nazi ukuthi konke okuhle yilowo nalowo akwenzayo, uzakukwamukela okunjalo eNkosini, noma eyinceku noma engokhululekileyo.
9 Nani makhosi, yenzani okunjalo kuzo, niyeke ukusongela, nazi ukuthi neyazo neyenu iNkosi isezulwini nokuthi ukukhetha umuntu akukho kuye.
10 Elokugcina, qinani eNkosini nasemandleni ayo amakhulu.
11 Hlomani izikhali zonke zikaNkulunkulu, ukuze nibe namandla okumelana namaqhinga kaSathane;
12 ngokuba asibambene negazi nenyama, kodwa sibambene nemibuso, namandla, nababusi bezwe balobu bumnyama, nabawomoya bobubi emkhathini.
13 Ngakho hlomani izikhali zonke zikaNkulunkulu ukuba nibe namandla okuzabalaza ngosuku olubi, nalapho senifeze konke, nime.
14 Ngakho yimani izinkalo zenu ziboshiwe ngeqiniso, nifakile isivikelo sesifuba sokulunga,
15 izinyawo zigqokisiwe ukulungela kukho ukushumayela ivangeli lokuthula;
16 kukho konke nithathe isihlangu sokukholwa eniyakuba namandla okucima ngaso yonke imicibisholo evuthayo yomubi,
17 namukele futhi isigqoko sensindiso, nenkemba kaMoya eyizwi likaNkulunkulu,
18 ngokukhuleka konke nokunxusa, nikhuleka ngezikhathi zonke ngoMoya; kulokho nilinde ngesineke sonke nangokunxusela abangcwele bonke,
19 ninginxusele nami ukuba ngiphiwe izwi, nxa ngivula umlomo wami, ngize ngiyishumayele ngesibindi imfihlakalo yevangeli;
20 engiyisithunywa ngalo esiboshiwe ngamaketanga, ukuze ngikhulume ngesibindi ngalo, njengokuba kufanele ukuba ngikhulume.
21 Kepha ukuba nani nazi okuqondene nami nalokhu engikwenzayo, uyakunazisa konke uThikhiku, umzalwane othandekayo nesikhonzi esikholekileyo eNkosini,
22 engamthumela kini ngakho lokho ukuba nazi izindaba zethu, nokuba aduduze izinhliziyo zenu.
23 Ukuthula makube kubazalwane, nothando kanye nokukholwa okuvela kuNkulunkulu uYise naseNkosini uJesu Kristu.
24 Umusa mawube nabo bonke abathanda iNkosi yethu uJesu Kristu ngokunganqamukiyo.