(e.g. john 8 32)

Ephesians 5:23  (King James Version)

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Ephesians 5:23

For the husband is the head of the wife - see the notes on I Corinthians 11:3.

As Christ is the head of the church - As Christ rules over the church, and has a right to direct and control it.

And he is the Saviour of the body - That is, of the church, represented as "his body;" see notes, Ephesians 1:23. The idea here seems to be, that as Christ gave himself to save his body, the church; as he practiced self-denial and made it an object of intense solicitude to preserve that church, so ought the husband to manifest a similar solicitude to make his wife happy, and to save her from want, affliction, and pain. He ought to regard himself as her natural protector; as bound to anticipate and provide for her needs; as under obligation to comfort her in trial, even as Christ does the church. What a beautiful illustration of the spirit which a husband should manifest is the care which Christ has shown for his "bride," the church! See the notes on Ephesians 5:25-29.

Other Barnes' Notes entries containing Ephesians 5:23:

Matthew 25:35-36
John 15:2
Romans 7:2
Romans 7:4
Romans 12:5
1 Corinthians 11:3
2 Corinthians 11:2
Ephesians 5:21
Ephesians 5:24
Ephesians 5:33
Ephesians 6:4
Colossians 1:18
Colossians 3:18
Titus 2:5
Revelation 19:7


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