Ephesians 5:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 5:24, NIV: Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Ephesians 5:24, ESV: Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Ephesians 5:24, KJV: Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Ephesians 5:24, NASB: But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

Ephesians 5:24, NLT: As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.

Ephesians 5:24, CSB: Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives are to submit to their husbands in everything.

What does Ephesians 5:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Continuing his discussion from 5:23, Paul continues to parallel submission in marriage with the relationship between Christ and the church. Paul is clear that Jesus is the leader of the church. This has application both for the church as a whole, as well as to those who lead it. Church leaders are ultimately "under-shepherds" who lead others under Christ's authority.

In addition, Paul notes that submission on the wife's part includes all aspects of the relationship. This does not mean women are obligated to waive all of their preferences, always doing whatever their husbands wish. Submission, when related to Christ, focuses on showing love and serving Him. Likewise, wives who submit "in everything" are focused on showing love and serving their husbands. A woman who shows this depth of love is considered godly. Proverbs 31:10–31 offers similar traits to describe the principles of a godly wife. Scripture also provides examples of godly wives such as Sarah, Ruth, and Mary who loved the Lord and showed appropriate love to their husbands.

As with verses 22 and 23, these instructions cannot be taken out of the context of verses 25 through 29. Men are called to marital obligations, as well. Specifically, to love their wives the same way Jesus loved the church. This means a sacrificial, humble, loving leadership. Paul is not advocating male dictatorship, or female slavery.