Ephesians 4:3
New International Version
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

New Living Translation
Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

English Standard Version
eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Berean Study Bible
and with diligence to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Berean Literal Bible
being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace;

King James Bible
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

New King James Version
endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

New American Standard Bible
being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

NASB 1995
being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

NASB 1977
being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Amplified Bible
Make every effort to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the bond of peace [each individual working together to make the whole successful].

Christian Standard Bible
making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us.

American Standard Version
giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And to be diligent to keep the harmony of The Spirit in the bonds of peace,

Contemporary English Version
Try your best to let God's Spirit keep your hearts united. Do this by living at peace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

English Revised Version
giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Good News Translation
Do your best to preserve the unity which the Spirit gives by means of the peace that binds you together.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Through the peace that ties you together, do your best to maintain the unity that the Spirit gives.

International Standard Version
Do your best to maintain the unity of the Spirit by means of the bond of peace.

Literal Standard Version
being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace;

NET Bible
making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

New Heart English Bible
being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Weymouth New Testament
in the uniting bond of peace, the unity given by the Spirit.

World English Bible
being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Young's Literal Translation
being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of the peace;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Unity in the Body
2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3and with diligence to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;…

Cross References
Ephesians 4:13
until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ.

Colossians 3:14
And over all these virtues put on love, which is the bond of perfect unity.


Treasury of Scripture

Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:4
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

John 13:34
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

John 17:21-23
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me…









-3Ephesians 4:12-16 return from diversity of functions to singleness of object--viz., the perfecting individual souls in the likeness of Christ, and so building up of the whole Church in unity with Him.

Verse 3. - Striving to keep the unity of the Spirit. Σπουδάζοντες is stronger than the A.V. "endeavoring," and denotes an object to be carefully and earnestly watched for and promoted. "The unity of the Spirit" is equivalent to the unity of which the Spirit is the Author. In all in whom he works savingly, the Spirit produces a certain oneness in faith, in repentance, in knowledge, in their views of sin, grace, Christ, the world, etc. This oneness exists, and cannot but exist, even when Christians are not careful of it, but the manifestation of it is lost; it seems to the world as if there were no such oneness. "Many men, many minds," says the world, when believers differ much and contend much, and are at no pains to preserve and manifest the unity wrought by the Spirit. It is due to the Spirit, as well as to the interests of the kingdom of God, that the unity of the Spirit be maintained in the bond of peace. The genitive, εἰρήυης, is commonly held to be that of apposition, the bond which consists of peace - a peace-loving spirit, a spirit laying more stress on the points in which Christians agree than those in which they differ. Those who are combative, censorious, careless of peace, do not walk worthy of their vocation.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[and] with diligence
σπουδάζοντες (spoudazontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 4704: To hasten, be eager, be zealous. From spoude; to use speed, i.e. To make effort, be prompt or earnest.

to preserve
τηρεῖν (tērein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 5083: From teros; to guard, i.e. To note; by implication, to detain; by extension, to withhold; by extension, to withhold.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

unity
ἑνότητα (henotēta)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1775: Oneness, unity, unanimity. From heis; oneness, i.e. unanimity.

of the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Spirit
Πνεύματος (Pneumatos)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's 4151: Wind, breath, spirit.

through
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.

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

bond
συνδέσμῳ (syndesmō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 4886: That which binds together; a band, bond. From sun and desmon; a joint tie, i.e. Ligament, uniting principle, control.

of peace.
εἰρήνης (eirēnēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 1515: Probably from a primary verb eiro; peace; by implication, prosperity.


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