Ephesians 5:25

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Husbands, loue your wiues, euen as Christ also loued the Church, and gaue himselfe for it:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Husbands, have love for your wives, even as Christ had love for the church, and gave himself for it;
- Basic English Bible

Husbands, love your own wives, even as the Christ also loved the assembly, and has delivered himself up for it,
- Darby Bible

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
- Webster's Bible

Married men, love your wives, as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself up to death for her;
- Weymouth Bible

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it;
- World English Bible

Men, loue ye youre wyues, as Crist louyde the chirche, and yaf hym silf for it, to make it holi;
- Wycliffe Bible

The husbands! love your own wives, as also the Christ did love the assembly, and did give himself for it,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 5:25


5:25 Even as Christ loved the church - Here is the true model of conjugal affection. With this kind of affection, with this degree of it, and to this end, should husbands love their wives.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 5:25


Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives. We have here not only the duty, but the measure of the duty. Even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. Loved so well as to be willing to give all things, even life, for her welfare. The union of husband and wife were here described is ideally perfect. The tenderest love on one side, and loving obedience on the other.

Discussion for Ephesians 5:25

  • Yochanan heimeyer for verse 25
    Marriage is a Divine Institution and meant for the human race, not just christians, so the above verses are for christians only! Christians are the only ones who can obey this Command. If an unbeliever wants to obey this Command, he must first become a christian and trust Christ as his Savior and Lord. Christians are commanded to 'put on Christ... " or put another way, "be filled with the Spirit... " if christians are 'filled ' with the Spirit, then they can accomplish loving their wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her. Even christians cannot obey this Command unless they are filled with the Holy Spirit. It is a Divine love expressed by Christ in the ultimate way, the Cross. Yes, husbands, that too, but listen to Paul in 1 Corinthians 13, where he states that, "...though I give my body to be burned and have not love, it profits me nothing " It is our loving our wives every day 24 7! Let 's start with that first and if we accomplish that then maybe we will be allowed to love them to the other ultimate expression.
  • im a women and my husband loves the Lord but does not let him have his way in his life he wants to do what he thinks is right but i cant say anything about it because it comes off like im nagging or trying to tell him what to do but its tearing my marriage apart i just dont know what to do
  • men must not live in the fresh but in the spirit inorder to fullfill the will of God.
  • I agree with Toni. Only men who have Christ in their hearts and are filled with the Holy Ghost can love their wives unconditionally. Thank God for his Word which challenges us to be there for our wives and families.
  • The only husband who can truly love the way Christ loved is he must possess Christ. He must be filled with the Holdy ghost, who will spread the love abroad in his heart. Women are wanting good men, but if they are not godly men, they will not have this love Paul speaks of.
  • MockingBird for verse 25
    Jesus Christ loved me so much that He gave Himself for me. That is love. Love gives !!!! Hate takes. If you will notice there are a lot of things that give the sun gives light The earth gives herb for food the tree gives food to eat. . God gave us all things richly to enjoy. His blood gives live. God is always love and live and living .