Ephesians 1:12
New International Version
in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

New Living Translation
God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God.

English Standard Version
so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

Berean Study Bible
in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, would be for the praise of His glory.

Berean Literal Bible
for us, the ones having first trusted in Christ, to be to the praise of His glory,

King James Bible
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

New King James Version
that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

New American Standard Bible
to the end that we who were the first to hope in the Christ would be to the praise of His glory.

NASB 1995
to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.

NASB 1977
to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

Amplified Bible
so that we who were the first to hope in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him as our Lord and Savior] would exist to the praise of His glory.

Christian Standard Bible
so that we who had already put our hope in Christ might bring praise to his glory.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that we who had already put our hope in the Messiah might bring praise to His glory.

American Standard Version
to the end that we should be unto the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That we would be those who first hoped in The Messiah, to the honor of his glory.

Contemporary English Version
He did this so we Jews would bring honor to him and be the first ones to have hope because of him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That we may be unto the praise of his glory, we who before hoped Christ:

English Revised Version
to the end that we should be unto the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

Good News Translation
Let us, then, who were the first to hope in Christ, praise God's glory!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He planned all of this so that we who had already focused our hope on Christ would praise him and give him glory.

International Standard Version
so that we who had already fixed our hope on the Messiah might live for his praise and glory.

Literal Standard Version
for our being to the praise of His glory, [even] those who first hoped in the Christ,

NET Bible
so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of his glory.

New Heart English Bible
to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

Weymouth New Testament
so that we should be devoted to the extolling of His glorious attributes--we who were the first to fix our hopes on Christ.

World English Bible
to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

Young's Literal Translation
for our being to the praise of His glory, even those who did first hope in the Christ,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Spiritual Blessings
11In Him we were also chosen as God’s own, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything by the counsel of His will, 12in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, would be for the praise of His glory. 13And in Him, having heard and believed the word of truth—the gospel of your salvation—you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,…

Cross References
Ephesians 1:6
to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the Beloved One.

Ephesians 1:14
who is the pledge of our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession, to the praise of His glory.


Treasury of Scripture

That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

be.

Ephesians 1:6,14
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved…

Ephesians 2:7
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 3:21
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

who.

Ephesians 1:13
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Psalm 2:12
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Psalm 146:3-5
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help…

trusted.









(12) That we . . . who first trusted in Christ.--That the reference here is to the first Christians, in contradistinction to the Gentiles of the next verse, is clear. But the meaning of the phrase "who first hoped" (or, more properly, who have hoped beforehand) is less obvious. Our version seems to interpret it simply of "believing before" the Gentiles, i.e., of being the "first believers;" and this interpretation may be defended by the analogy of certain cases in which the same prefix signifying "beforehand" has this sense (e.g., Acts 20:5; Acts 20:13; Romans 3:9; Romans 12:10; 1Corinthians 11:21). But the more general analogy strongly supports the other interpretation, "who have hoped in the Christ before He came"--that is, who, taught by prophecy, entering into that vision of a great future which pervades the older Covenant, looked forward "to the hope of Israel," and "waited for the consolation of Israel;" and who accordingly in due time became, on the Day of Pentecost, the firstfruits of His salvation.

Verse 12. - That we should be to the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ. The "we" which hitherto has been applied to the whole Church, Jewish and Gentile, begins to have a more limited reference, and to contrast with "you" in ver. 13. The first "we" in this verse embraces all, as in the preceding part of the chapter; the second (omitted in the A.V.) is conditioned by the words following, and is applicable to the Jewish Christians, who, through the promises given to the fathers, had seen Christ's day afar off, and had thus hoped in him. This special reference to ἡμᾶς is followed immediately by a reference to ὑμεῖς.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
in order that
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

we,
ἡμᾶς (hēmas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

who
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

were the first to hope
προηλπικότας (proēlpikotas)
Verb - Perfect Participle Active - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 4276: To hope before, be the first to hope. From pro and elpizo; to hope in advance of other confirmation.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

Christ,
Χριστῷ (Christō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

would be
εἶναι (einai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

for
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

[the] praise
ἔπαινον (epainon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 1868: Commendation, praise, approval. From epi and the base of aineo; laudation; concretely, a commendable thing.

of His
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

glory.
δόξης (doxēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 1391: From the base of dokeo; glory, in a wide application.


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