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The mystery hidden from former ages was discovered to the apostle, to be imparted to the Gentiles. He prays that they may be strengthened in God.

[1] For this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ, for you Gentiles; [2] If yet you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me towards you: [3] How that, according to revelation, the mystery has been made known to me, as I have written above in a few words; ... [4] As you reading, may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, ... [5] Which in other generations was not known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit:

... [6] That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and co-partners of his promise in Christ Jesus, by the gospel: ... [7] Of which I am made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, which is given to me according to the operation of his power: ... [8] To me, the least of all the saints, is given this grace, to preach among the Gentiles, the unsearchable riches of Christ, ... [9] And to enlighten all men, that they may see what is the dispensation of the mystery which hath been hidden from eternity in God, who created all things: ... [10] That the manifold wisdom of God may be made known to the principalities and powers in heavenly places through the church,

... [11] According to the eternal purpose, which he made, in Christ Jesus our Lord: ... [12] In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. ... [13] Wherefore I pray you not to faint at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. ... [14] For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ... [15] Of whom all paternity in heaven and earth is named,

[15] "All paternity": Or, the whole family. God is the Father, both of angels and men; whosoever besides is named father, is so named with subordination to him.

... [16] That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened by his Spirit with might unto the inward man, ... [17] That Christ may dwell by faith in your hearts; that being rooted and founded in charity, ... [18] You may be able to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth: ... [19] To know also the charity of Christ, which surpasseth all knowledge, that you may be filled unto all the fulness of God. ... [20] Now to him who is able to do all things more abundantly than we desire or understand, according to the power that worketh in us;

... [21] To him be glory in the church, and in Christ Jesus unto all generations, world without end. Amen.

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