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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Ephesians 1:8

    CHAPTERS: Ephesians 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6     

    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23




    King James Bible - Ephesians 1:8

    Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

    World English Bible

    which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

    Douay-Rheims - Ephesians 1:8

    Which hath superabounded in us in all wisdom and prudence,

    Webster's Bible Translation

    In which he hath abounded towards us in all wisdom and prudence;

    Greek Textus Receptus

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    VERSE (8) -
    Ro 5:15,20,21

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 1:8

    que sobreabund en nosotros en toda sabiduría e prudencia,

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Ephesians 1:8

    Verse 8. Wherein he hath abounded] That is, in the dispensation of
    mercy and goodness by Christ Jesus.

    In all wisdom and prudence] Giving us apostles the most complete instructions in heavenly things by the inspiration of his Spirit; and at the same time prudence, that we might know when and where to preach the Gospel so that it might be effectual to the salvation of those who heard it.

    Nothing less than the Spirit of God could teach the apostles that wisdom by which they were to instruct a dark and sinful world; and nothing less than the same Spirit could inspire them with that prudence which was necessary to be exercised in every step of their life and ministry. Every wise man is not a prudent man, and every prudent man is not a wise man.

    Wisdom and prudence may be expected in an apostle who is constantly living under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. "Wisdom," according to Sir William Temple, "is that which makes men judge what are the best ends, and what the best means to attain them; and gives a man advantage of counsel and direction."Prudence is wisdom applied to practice; or that discreet, apt suiting as well of actions as words, in their due place, time, and manner. Every minister of Christ needs these still; and if he abide not under the influence of both, not only his prayers but his ministerial labours will be all hindered,

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 8. Wherein he hath abounded toward us , &c.] That is, in the grace which is so abundantly displayed in redemption and forgiveness of sin, through the blood of Christ: in all wisdom and prudence ; this may be understood, either of the aboundings of grace in the Gospel; which may be called all wisdom and prudence, because it is the wisdom of God; it is the product of his wisdom, and a display of it; the doctrines it contains are full of wisdom, and are the means of communicating it to men, and of making them wise unto salvation; and it may be so called, to set forth the excellency and perfection of it, as greatly transcending all human wisdom; and in this the grace of God has much abounded, for the Gospel is a declaration of the free grace of God, in the salvation of sinners by Christ; in the free justification of them by his righteousness; and in the full pardon of their sins through his blood; and is a kind invitation and free promise of grace to all sensible sinners: or else of the aboundings of grace in conversion; all men by nature are foolish and unwise; in conversion God makes men to know wisdom in the hidden part, which he puts there; and for which purpose the Spirit is given as a spirit of wisdom; and some part of the work of sanctification lies in spiritual light, knowledge, and understanding; and the Syriac version reads the last clause, and in all spiritual understanding; and faith particularly may be intended, which is sometimes expressed by knowledge; and now the grace of God is exceeding abundant with faith and love, in regeneration, sanctification, and conversion; or rather this may be understood of the display of divine wisdom, in the work of redemption and salvation by Christ; and which is to be seen, in pitching upon a proper person to be the Mediator, to become a sacrifice, and make intercession, who is the Son of God, truly God and man, and so every way able to perform the business of salvation; and in the manner of its being effected, in a way wherein grace and mercy are highly exalted, and yet in no wise reproachful to the holiness of God, or injurious to his justice, but to the honour of them, in which Satan is greatly mortified, and sin is condemned, and yet the sinner saved; and in the several parts of it, in the justification of the ungodly without works, by the righteousness of another, in pardoning their sins in a way of justice and faithfulness, and yet according to the riches of grace, and in the security of the persons of God's elect, and of their grace and glory in Christ; and in the subjects of this salvation, who are the foolish things of this world, ungodly sinners, the chief of sinners; and lastly, in making faith the receiver of all the blessings of salvation, that so it might appear to be all of grace.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 3-8 -
    Spiritual and heavenly blessings are the best blessings; with which we cannot be miserable, and without which we cannot but be so. This wa from the choice of them in Christ, before the foundation of the world that they should be made holy by separation from sin, being set apar to God, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit, in consequence of their election in Christ. All who are chosen to happiness as the end, ar chosen to holiness as the means. In love they were predestinated, or fore-ordained, to be adopted as children of God by faith in Chris Jesus, and to be openly admitted to the privileges of that hig relation to himself. The reconciled and adopted believer, the pardone sinner, gives all the praise of his salvation to his gracious Father His love appointed this method of redemption, spared not his own Son and brought believers to hear and embrace this salvation. It was ric grace to provide such a surety as his own Son, and freely to delive him up. This method of grace gives no encouragement to evil, but show sin in all its hatefulness, and how it deserves vengeance. The believer's actions, as well as his words, declare the praises of Divin mercy.

    Greek Textus Receptus

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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    8. Wherein He hath abounded (hv eperisseusen). Rev., correctly, which He made to abound. The verb is used both transitively and intransitively in the New Testament. The transitive use
    belongs mainly to later Greek. Compare, for the transitive sense, Matt. xiii. 12; 2 Corinthians iv. 15.

    In all wisdom and prudence (en pash sofia kai fronhsei). For wisdom, see on Rom. xi. 33. For prudence, on Luke i. 17. The latter is an attribute or result of wisdom, concerned with its practical applications. Both words refer here to men, not to God: the wisdom and prudence with which He abundantly endows His followers. Compare Col. i. 9. All wisdom is, properly, every kind of wisdom.

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    1:8 {According to the riches of his grace} (kata to ploutos tes caritos autou). A thoroughly Pauline phrase, riches of kindness (#Ro 2:4), riches of glory (#Col 1:27; Eph 3:16; Php 4:19), riches of fulness of understanding (#Col 2:7), riches of Christ (#Eph 3:8), and in #Eph 2:7 "the surpassing riches of grace." {Which} (hes). Genitive attracted again to case of antecedent caritos.

    CHAPTERS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23


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