“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;”
King James Version (KJV)
5:1 Be ye therefore followers - Imitators. Of God - In forgiving and loving. O how much more honourable and more happy, to be an imitator of God, than of Homer, Virgil, or Alexander the Great!
Eph 5:1 Duties Which Become the Children of God SUMMARY OF EPHESIANS 5: Walking in Love. Flee All Impurity. Let Speech Be Pure. Covetousness a Species of Idolatry. No Fellowship with the Wicked in Their Deeds. Enjoyment to Be Sought in the Spirit Rather Than in Wine. The Mutual Duties of Wives and Husbands. The Mystery of the Marriage Union and of Christ with the Church. Be ye therefore. "Therefore" refers to God's kindness, spoken of in Eph 4:32. Followers of God. Literally, imitators, "forgiving one another as God . . . hath forgiven you" (Eph 4:32). As dear children. As beloved children seek to do like their father.