Ephesians 3:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 3:14, NIV: For this reason I kneel before the Father,

Ephesians 3:14, ESV: For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,

Ephesians 3:14, KJV: For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Ephesians 3:14, NASB: For this reason I bend my knees before the Father,

Ephesians 3:14, NLT: When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,

Ephesians 3:14, CSB: For this reason I kneel before the Father

What does Ephesians 3:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul transitions from a discussion of the "mystery" of God to a time of prayer in Ephesians 3:14–21. His prayer is based on what he had previously discussed ("For this reason…"). This includes boldness and confident access to the Lord (Ephesians 3:12). He starts his prayer by referring to his sense of humility, through "bowing" before God.

Paul knew that "at the name of Jesus every knee should bow" (Philippians 2:10; Romans 14:11). This also powerfully connected with his last meeting with the Ephesian elders. When that assembly ended, Acts 20:36–38 records, "And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again." Still years later, he continued to bow as he prayed via letter with his friends in Ephesus.