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In marriage, husbands and wives have different needs as well as different responsibilities toward one another.

BibleGateway: Ephesians 5:22-33

ESV Text: Ephesians 5:22-33

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:6 and ends at about 3:36

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22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 621:
O Father, All Creating

— Organ Audio

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1. O Father, all creating, 
Whose wisdom, love, and power 
First bound two lives together 
In Eden’s primal hour, 
Today to these Thy children 
Thine earliest gifts renew,– 
A home by Thee made happy, 
A love by Thee kept true. 

2. O Savior, Guest most bounteous 
Of old in Galilee, 
Voucesafe today Thy presence 
With these who call on Thee. 
Their store of earthly gladness 
Transform to heavenly wine 
And teach them, in the testing, 
To know the gift is Thine. 

3. O Spirit of the Father, 
Breathe on them from above, 
So mighty in Thy pureness, 
So tender in Thy love, 
That, guarded by Thy presence, 
From sin and strife kept free, 
Their lives may own Thy guidance, 
Their hearts be ruled by Thee. 

4. Except Thou build it, Father, 
The house is built in vain; 
Except Thou, Savior, bless it, 
The joy will turn to pain. 
But naught can break the marriage 
Of hearts in Thee made one, 
And love Thy Spirit hallows 
Is endless love begun. Amen.