and submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. 1
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.
And further, you will submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another.
Letting yourselves be ruled by one another in the fear of Christ.
Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.
submitting to one another in the fear of God.
one to another
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1 sn Eph 5:19-21. In Eph 5:18 the author gives the command to be filled by means of the Holy Spirit. In 5:19-21 there follows five participles: (1) speaking; (2) singing; (3) making music; (4) giving thanks; (5) submitting. These participles have been variously interpreted, but perhaps the two most likely interpretations are (1) the participles indicate the means by which one is filled by the Spirit; (2) the participles indicate the result of being filled by the Spirit. The fact that the participles are present tense and follow the command (i.e., “be filled”) would tend to support both of these options. But it seems out of Paul’s character to reduce the filling of the Spirit to a formula of some kind. To the extent that this is true, it is unlikely then that the author is here stating the means for being filled by the Spirit. Because it is in keeping with Pauline theology and has good grammatical support, it is better to take the participles as indicating certain results of being filled by the Spirit. See ExSyn 639.