Xhosa Bible: Ephesians

1:1 UPawulos, umpostile kaYesu Kristu ngokuthanda kukaThixo, ubhalela abangcwele abase-Efese, abakholwayo kuKristu Yesu;

1:2 athi, Makube lubabalo kuni, noxolo oluvela kuThixo uBawo wethu, neNkosi yethu uYesu Kristu.

1:3 Makabongwe uThixo, uYise weNkosi yethu uYesu Kristu, lowo wasisikelelayo ngeentsikelelo zonke zoMoya kwezasemazulwini iindawo, sikuKristu;

1:4 njengokuba wathi, ngaphambi kokusekwa kwehlabathi, wasinyulela kuye, ukuba sibe ngcwele, singabi nasiphako phambi kwakhe;

1:5 othe ngokusithanda wasimisela ngenxa engaphambili, ukuba senziwe oonyana kuye ngokwakhe ngoYesu Kristu, ngokwenkolelo yokuthanda kwakhe,

1:6 ukuze kudunyiswe uzuko lobabalo lwakhe, awasibabala ngalo sikuye Othandiweyo;

1:7 esinayo sikuye inkululeko ngokuhlawulelwa ngegazi lakhe, ukuxolelwa ke kweziphoso zethu, ngokobutyebi bobabalo lwakhe;

1:8 awaluphuphumisela kuthi, lunabo bonke ubulumko nokuqonda;

1:9 esazisile imfihlelo yokuthanda kwakhe ngokwenkolelo yakhe, awayimisayo ngokwakhe,

1:10 ebhekise ekuhleleni aya kuhlela ngako, akuzaliseka amaxesha, ukuba azihlanganisele zonke izinto kuye uKristu, ezisemazulwini kwanezisemhlabeni;

1:11 ewe, kuye lo sithe sikuye sadla ilifa; simisiwe ngenxa engaphambili ngokwengqibo yozisebenzayo zonke ezo nto ngokwecebo lokuthanda kwakhe;

1:12 ukuze sibe ngabokudumisa uzuko lwakhe, thina aba sathi ngenxa engaphambili sathembela kuye uKristu;

1:13 enithe, nikuye nani, nakuliva ilizwi lenyaniso, iindaba ezi zilungileyo zokusindiswa kwenu-enithe, nakukholwa nokukholwa kuye, natywinwa naqiniselwa ngaye uMoya oyiNgcwele wedinga,

1:14 osisinyaniso selifa lethu, ukude kugqibelele ukukhululeka ngentlawulelo kwabo baziinqobo kuye, ukuba kudunyiswe uzuko lwakhe.

1:15 Ngenxa yoko nam, ndakuba ndikuvile okwenu ukukholwa yiNkosi uYesu, nokubathanda kwenu bonke abangcwele,

1:16 andiphezi ukubulela ngenxa yenu, ndinikhumbula emithandazweni yam,

1:17 ukuba uThixo weNkosi yethu uYesu Kristu, uYise wozuko, aninike umoya wobulumko wokunityhilela, nimazi kakuhle;

1:18 nikhanyiselwe amehlo engqondo, ukuze nilazi into eliyiyo ithemba lobizo lwakhe, nento obuyiyo ubutyebi bobuqaqawuli belifa lakhe phakathi kwabo abangcwele;

1:19 nento obuyiyo ubukhulu obuncamisileyo bamandla akhe abhekisele kuthi, thina bakholwayo, angokokusebenza kokuqinisela kokomelela kwakhe,

1:20 awakusebenza kuye uKristu, ekumvuseni kwakhe kwabafileyo; waza wamhlalisa ngasekunene kwakhe kwezasemazulwini iindawo,

1:21 ngaphezu kwalo lonke ulawulo, negunya, namandla, nobukhosi, nalo lonke igama elikhankanywayo, kungekhona kweli phakade lodwa, kunakwelo lizayo.

1:22 Waza izinto zonke wazithobela phantsi kweenyawo zakhe, wammisa ukuba abe yintloko phezu kweento zonke kulo ibandla,

1:23 lona lingumzimba wakhe, ukuzala ke oko kozizalisayo izinto zonke ngako konke.

2:1 Nani unidlise ubomi, nifile nje ziziphoso na zizono;

2:2 enanifudula nihamba kuzo ngokwesimo seli hlabathi, ngokomphathi wegunya lesibhakabhaka, womoya lo usebenzayo ngoku kubo abangevayo;

2:3 esasifudula nathi sonke sihleli phakathi kwabo ezinkanukweni zenyama yethu, sisenza ukuthanda kwenyama nokwengcinga, saye ngemvelo sikwangabantwana bengqumbo, njengabanye abo.

2:4 Ke uThixo, esisityebi nje ngenceba, uthe ngenxa yothando lwakhe olukhulu, awasithanda ngalo,

2:5 thina sifile nje ziziphoso, wasidlisa ubomi ndawonye noKristu (nisindiswe ngokubabalwa),

2:6 wasivusa naye, wasihlalisa naye kwezasemazulwini iindawo, sikuKristu Yesu;

2:7 ukuze ubutyebi obuncamisileyo bobabalo lwakhe abubonakalalise emaphakadeni azayo, ngokusenzela ububele ngoKristu Yesu.

2:8 Kuba nisindiswe ngokubabalwa nangalo ukholo; nako oko kungaphumi kuni, kusisipho sikaThixo;

2:9 akuphumi misebenzini, hleze kubekho bani uqhayisayo.

2:10 Kuba thina singumsebenzi wakhe, sidalelwe kuKristu Yesu, ukuze senze imisebenzi elungileyo, awayilungisayo uThixo ngenxa engaphambili, ukuze sihambe kuyo.

2:11 Ngoko ndithi, Khumbulani ukuba nina, enibe nifudule niziintlanga ngokwenyama, kusithiwa ningabangalukileyo, ngabo kuthiwa ngabolwaluko olwenziwe ngezandla enyameni:

2:12 okokuba ngelo xesha nibe ningenaKristu, ningazani nawo umzi wakwaSirayeli, ningabasemzini kuyo iminqophiso yalo idinga, ningenathemba, ningenaThixo ehlabathini.

2:13 Ke ngoku ngoKristu Yesu, nina, enibe nifudula nikude, nithe naba kufuphi ngalo igazi likaKristu.

2:14 Kuba nguye oluxolo lwethu, yena uthe izinto zombini wazenza zaba nye, waluchitha ke udonga lothango oluphakathi, ubumpi ke obo,

2:15 akuba ewubhangisile, esenyameni yakhe, umyalelo wemithetho esemimiselweni; ukuze abo babini abadalele kuye ngokwakhe, babe mntu mnye, mtsha, esenza ke uxolo;

2:16 nokuze abaxolelanise noThixo abo babini, babe mzimba mnye ngawo umnqamlezo, ebubulalele kuwo ubumpi obo.

2:17 Weza ke washumayela iindaba ezilungileyo zoxolo kuni abo bakude, nakwabakufuphi;

2:18 ngokuba kungaye ukungeniswa kwethu sobabini, siMoya mnye kuye uYise.

2:19 Ngoko ke anisengabasemzini nabaphambukeli; ningamakhaya kubo abangcwele, ningabendlu kaThixo,

2:20 nakhelwe phezu kwelitye lesiseko sabapostile nabaprofeti, inguYesu Kristu ngokwakhe ilitye lembombo;

2:21 esithi kuye sonke isakhiwo, sihlangene kakuhle, sikhule, sibe yitempile engcwele eNkosini;

2:22 enithi nani nakhelwe ndawonye kuye, ukuze nibe yindawo yokuhlala kaThixo ngaye uMoya.

3:1 Ngenxa yoko, mna Pawulos, mbanjwa kaKristu Yesu ngenxa yenu zintlanga—

3:2 ukuba ke nikuvile ukugosisa kobabalo lukaThixo endanibabalelwa ngalo;

3:3 okokuba wandazisa imfihlelo leyo ngokotyhilelo, njengoko sendibhale kade ngokufutshane;

3:4 enothi ngoko, nakulesa, nibe nokuqiqa okwam ukuyiqonda imfihlelo kaKristu;

3:5 ababengathanga kuzimbi izizukulwana bayaziswe oonyana babantu, njengoko bayityhilelweyo ngoku abapostile bakhe abangcwele, nabaprofeti bakhe, ngaye uMoya;

3:6 eyokuba iintlanga ziziindlalifa nathi, zikwamzimba mnye nathi, zingamahlulelana nathi ngedinga lakhe, sikuye nje uKristu ngazo iindaba ezilungileyo,

3:7 endaba ngumlungiseleli wazo ngokwesipho sobabalo lukaThixo, endababalwa ngaso ngokokusebenza kwamandla akhe.

3:8 Mna lo, unguyena mncinanana kubo bonke abangcwele, ndababalwa ngolo lubabalo, lokuba ndishumayele phakathi kweentlanga iindaba ezilungileyo zobutyebi obungalandekiyo bukaKristu;

3:9 ndibakhanyisele bonke, bayibone into obuyiyo ubudlelane bemfihlelo ebifihliwe kwasemaphakadeni, ikuye uThixo owazidalayo zonke izinto ngoYesu Kristu;

3:10 ukuze ngoku oozilawuli noomagunya, abakwezasemazulwini iindawo, babaziswe ngalo ibandla ubulumko bukaThixo, obuziintlobo ezininzi,

3:11 ngokokwengqibo yakhe yasemaphakadeni, awayenzayo kuKristu Yesu, iNkosi yethu;

3:12 esinako sikuye ukungafihlisi kwethu, nokungeniswa kuye sikholosile, ngokukholwa kuye.

3:13 Kungoko ndicelayo ukuba ningethi amandla ziimbandezelo zam, ezingenxa yenu, zona ezi ziluzuko lwenu.

3:14 Ngenxa yoko ndiyawagoba amadolo am kuye uYise weNkosi yethu uYesu Kristu,

3:15 ebizwe ngaye yonke imizalwane esemazulwini nesemhlabeni,

3:16 ukuba aninike, ngokobutyebi bozuko lwakhe, ukomelezwa ngamandla ngaye uMoya wakhe, ngokusingisele emntwini ongaphakathi;

3:17 ukuba uKristu ahlale ngalo ukholo ezintliziyweni zenu, nendele nisekelwe eluthandweni,

3:18 ukuze nithi, ndawonye nabo bonke abangcwele, nibe nako kanye ukubuqiqa into obuyiyo ububanzi, nobude, nobunzulu, nokuphakama kwalo,

3:19 kwanokulwazi uthando lukaKristu oluncamise ukwazi; ukuze niye nizala ngako konke ukuzala kukaThixo.

3:20 Kuye ke onako ukwenza okungaphezu kweento zonke ngokugqithiseleyo kakhulu, ngaphezu kwesikucelayo nesinokukuqiqa, ngokokwamandla asebenzayo ngaphakathi kwethu,

3:21 kuye malubekho uzuko ebandleni elikuKristu Yesu, kuse kuzo zonke izizukulwana zalo iphakade lasemaphakadeni. Amen.

4:1 Ndiyanivuselela ngoko, mna mbanjwa waseNkosini, ukuba nihambe ngokulufaneleyo ubizo enabizwa ngalo,

4:2 ninako konke ukuthobeka kwentliziyo nobulali, ninokuzeka kade umsindo, ninyamezelana, nisenziwa luthando,

4:3 nikhuthalele ukubugcina ubunye boMoya ngentambo yoxolo.

4:4 Mnye umzimba, mnye noMoya, njengokuba nabizwayo nokubizwa, naba nathemba linye lobizo lwenu.

4:5 Inye iNkosi, lunye ukholo, lunye ubhaptizo,

4:6 mnye uThixo, uYise wabo bonke, ophezu kwabo bonke, okubo bonke, ophakathi kwenu nonke.

4:7 Ke elowo kuthi wababalwa ngokomlinganiso wokupha kukaKristu.

4:8 Kungoko athi, Enyuke waya enyangweni, wathimba intimbo, Wabapha izipho abantu.

4:9 Oko ke kuthi, wenyuka, kuyintoni na, kungekwakukuthi, wehla nokuhla kuqala, waya kwezona ziseza ntsi iindawo zomhlaba?

4:10 Owehlayo ikwangulowo wenyukayo, waya ngaphezu kwawo onke amazulu, ukuze azalise zonke izinto.

4:11 Waza kwayena wabapha abanye ukuba babe ngabapostile, abanye babe ngabaprofeti, abanye babe ngabashumayeli beendaba ezilungileyo, abanye babe ngabalusi nabafundisi,

4:12 ukuze abangcwele basulungekiselwe umsebenzi wolungiselelo, ukwakhiwa ke komzimba kaKristu;

4:13 side thina sonke sifike kubo ubunye benkolo, nobokumazi okuzeleyo uNyana kaThixo, ebudodeni obupheleleyo, emlinganisweni wobukhulu bokuzala kukaKristu;

4:14 ukuze singabi saba ziintsana, silatyuzwa, siphetshethwa ngumoya wonke wemfundiso, ngokunyanga kwabantu, ngobuqhetseba obusemaqhingeni olahlekiso;

4:15 sithi ke, sinyanisekile eluthandweni, sikhulele, ngeendawo zonke, kuye lo uyintloko, uKristu;

4:16 ekuphuma kuye ukuthi, umzimba wonke uhlangane kakuhle, ubandakanywe ngako konke ukuxhomekelelana kwamalungu okuluncedo, okusebenza ngomlinganiso weendawo zonke ngazinye, ukhulise umzimba, use ekuzakheni ngothando.

4:17 Ke ngoko, oku ndiyakuthetha ndikungqine ndiseNkosini, ukuthi, maningabi sahamba njengoko zihamba ngako nezinye iintlanga, ngamampunge engqiqo yazo,

4:18 zenziwe mnyama iingqondo, zingazani nobomi bukaThixo ngenxa yokungazi okukuzo, ngenxa yokuqaqadeka kwentliziyo yazo;

4:19 abathe bona, bengasaziva, bazinikela eburheletyweni, ukuze basebenze ukungcola konke, bebawa.

4:20 Ke nina animfundanga ngokunjalo uKristu,

4:21 ukuba kambe ningaba nimvile, nafundiswa nikuye, njengoko inyaniso ikuye uYesu;

4:22 yokuba nithi ngakwihambo yangaphambili nimlahle umntu omdala, owonakaliswayo ngokokweenkanuko zokulukuhla;

4:23 nihlaziywe ke kuwo umoya wengqiqo yenu,

4:24 nimambathe umntu omtsha, othe ngokukaThixo wadalelwa ebulungiseni, nasebungcweleni benyaniso.

4:25 Kungoko ke ndithi, lahlani ubuxoki, thethani inyaniso elowo nommelwane wakhe; ngokuba singamalungu, omnye elelomnye.

4:26 Qumbani, ningoni; ilanga malingade litshone nicaphukile;

4:27 kananjalo musani ukumkhwelela indawo uMtyholi lo.

4:28 Lowo ubayo makangabi seba; kanye ke makabulaleke esebenza okulungileyo ngezandla zakhe, ukuze abe nako ukwabela osweleyo.

4:29 Makungaphumi nanye intetho ebolileyo emlonyeni wenu; mayibe yesukuba ilungele ukuxuma oko kuluncedo, ukuze ibabale abevayo.

4:30 Kanjalo musani ukumenza buhlungu uMoya oyiNgcwele kaThixo, enathi kuye natywinwa, naqiniselelwa imini yentlawulelo.

4:31 Mabukhweleliswe kuni bonke ubukrakra, nomsindo, nengqumbo, nengcolo, nonyeliso, ndawonye nolunya lonke.

4:32 Ke nina yibani nobubele omnye komnye, nibe nemfesane kakhulu, nixolelane, njengokuba naye uThixo wanixolelayo ekuKristu.

5:1 Ngoko yibani ngabaxelisa uThixo, ngokwabantwana abaziintanda;

5:2 nihambe eluthandweni, kwanjengokuba naye uKristu wasithandayo, wazinikela ngenxa yethu, ukuba abe ngumnikelo nedini kuye uThixo, ukuba abe livumba elimnandi.

5:3 Ke umbulo, nako konke ukungcola, nokubawa, makungakhe kukhankanywe phakathi kwenu, njengoko kubafaneleyo abangcwele;

5:4 kwanamanyala, nentetho yobuyatha, nobuhiba, izinto ezo ezingafanelekileyo. Makube kokukhona ninemibulelo.

5:5 Kuba oku nikwazi, ukuba wonke umenzi wombulo, nomntu ongcolileyo, nolibawa, engumkhonzi wezithixo, akanalifa ebukumkanini bukaKristu noThixo.

5:6 Makungabikho namnye unilukuhlayo ngamazwi alambathayo; kuba iza ngenxa yezo zinto ingqumbo kaThixo phezu kwabangevayo.

5:7 Ngoko musani ukuba ngamahlulelana nabo.

5:8 Kuba nina naye nifudula nibubumnyama, ke ngoku nikukukhanya, niseNkosini nje; hambani ke ngokwabantwana bokukhanya.

5:9 Kuba sona isiqhamo soMoya sikuko konke ukulunga, nobulungisa, nenyaniso;

5:10 nicikida ukuba yintoni na ekholekileyo kakuhle kwiNkosi.

5:11 Kanjalo musani ukuba nabudlelane ngemisebenzi yobumnyama engenasiqhamo; makube kukhona niyohlwayayo.

5:12 Kuba izinto ezenziwa ngabo emfihlekweni kulihlazo nokuzithetha.

5:13 Ke zonke ezi zinto, zakohlwaywa, ziyabonakalaliswa kukukhanya; kuba konke okubonakalaliswayo kukukhanya.

5:14 Kungoko athi, Vuka wena uleleyo, uvuke kwabafileyo; uKristu wokukhanyisela.

5:15 Khangelani ngoko, ukuba ningathini na, ukuze kucokiseke ukuhamba kwenu; ningabi njengabaswele ubulumko, yibani njengezilumko;

5:16 nizongela ixesha eli, ngokuba le mihla ayindawo.

5:17 Ngenxa yoko musani ukuba ziintsweli-kuqonda; yibani ngabakuqondayo into okuyiyo ukuthanda kweNkosi.

5:18 Kanjalo musani ukunxila yiwayini, ekukhoyo kuloo nto ukuzibhubhisa; manizaliswe nguMoya;

5:19 nithetha omnye nomnye ngeendumiso, neengoma, nezango ezizezomoya, nivuma, nibetha uhadi entliziyweni yenu kuyo iNkosi,

5:20 nimana nibulela ngenxa yeento zonke, egameni leNkosi yethu uYesu Kristu, kuye uThixo uYise;

5:21 nilulamelana ngokoyika uThixo.

5:22 Nina bafazi, walulameleni awenu amadoda, ngokokululamela iNkosi;

5:23 ngokuba indoda le iyintloko yomfazi, njengokuba naye uKristu eyintloko yebandla, eli; waye yena ngokwakhe enguMsindisi wawo umzimba.

5:24 Ke, kwanjengokuba ibandla eli limlulamela uKristu, mabathi ngokunjalo nabafazi bawalulamele awabo amadoda ezintweni zonke.

5:25 Nina madoda, bathandeni abafazi benu, njengokuba naye uKristu walithandayo ibandla, wazinikela ngenxa yalo;

5:26 ukuze alingcwalise, elihlambulule ngokuhlamba kwamanzi ngelizwi;

5:27 ukuze alimise phambi kwakhe linobuqaqawuli, lilibandla elingenabala, elingenamibimbi nanye into enjalo, ukuze libe ngcwele, lingabi nasiphako.

5:28 Ngoko amelwe amadoda ukubathanda abawo abafazi, njengokuba beyimizimba yawo. Lowo umthandayo umkakhe, uyazithanda;

5:29 kuba akukho namnye wakha wayithiya eyakhe inyama; usuka ayondle, ayigcine, njengokuba nayo iNkosi ilenjenjalo ibandla.

5:30 Ngokuba singamalungu omzimba wayo, singabenyama yayo, singabamathambo ayo.

5:31 Ngenxa yoko ke, umntu womshiya uyise nonina, anamathele kuye umkakhe, baze abo babini babe nyama-nye.

5:32 Loo mfihlelo inkulu; ke mna ndithetha ndisingisele kuKristu, ndisingisele nakulo ibandla.

5:33 Kodwa ke manithi nani ngabanye, elowo amthande umkakhe, njengoko azithanda ngako; umfazi ke makayoyike indoda.

6:1 Nina bantwana, baveni abazali benu ngokwabaseNkosini; kuba oko kububulungisa.

6:2 Beka uyihlo nonyoko; wona lowo ngumthetho wokuqala onedinga;

6:3 ukuze kulunge kuwe, ube nexesha elide emhlabeni.

6:4 Nani boyise, musani ukubacaphukisa abantwana benu; bondleleni ekuqeqesheni nasekululekeni kweNkosi.

6:5 Nina bakhonzi, baveni abaziinkosi zenu ngokwenyama, ninokuzoyikela nokugubha, ningenakumbi ezintliziyweni zenu, ninge niva uKristu ngokwakhe.

6:6 Ukukhonza kwenu makungabi ngokweliso, ngathi nithomalalisa abantu; makube ngokwabakhonzi bakaKristu, nikwenza ukuthanda kukaThixo ngokwasemphefumlweni,

6:7 nikhonza ngentumekelelo, kukuyo iNkosi, kungekubo abantu;

6:8 nisazi nje ukuba into esukuba ilungile, athe ulowo wayenza, uya kwamkeliswa kwayona yiNkosi, nokuba uNonzi nokuba ungokhululekileyo.

6:9 Nani baziinkosi zabo, yenzani kwaezo zinto kubo, nikuyeke ukusongela; nisazi nje ukuba kwaeyabo neyenu iNkosi isemazulwini, nokuba akukho kukhetha buso kuyo.

6:10 Elokugqiba, bazalwana bam, ndithi, Yomelelani eNkosini, nasekuqineni kokomelela kwayo.

6:11 Xhobani sonke isikrweqe sikaThixo, ukuze nibe nako ukumisa nibuchase ubuqhinga boMtyholi.

6:12 Ngokuba umzamo wethu asingowokuzamana negazi nenyama; ngowokuzamana nazo izilawuli, nawo amagunya, nazo iziphatha-hlabathi zobumnyama balo eli phakade, nayo imikhosi yomoya abakhohlakeleyo kwezasezulwini iindawo.

6:13 Ngenxa yoko, qubulani sonke isikrweqe sikaThixo; ukuze nibe nako ukuchasa ngomhla ombi, nithi nikufezile konke, nime nimi.

6:14 Misani ke ngoko, nibhinqe inyaniso esinqeni senu, ninxibe isigcina-sifuba sobulungisa,

6:15 nibophe ezinyaweni zenu ulungiselelo lweendaba ezilungileyo zoxolo.

6:16 Ngaphezu kwezo zinto zonke, qubulani ikhaka lokholo, lona nothi ngalo nibe nako ukuzicima zonke iintolo ezinomlilo zakhe ongendawo.

6:17 Yamkelani isigcina-ntloko sosindiso, nalo ikrele loMoya, elililizwi likaThixo;

6:18 ngako konke ukuthandaza nokukhunga, nithandaza amaxesha onke nikuye uMoya; niyiphaphamele loo nto ngako konke ukuzingisa nokukhunga, ngenxa yabo bonke abangcwele;

6:19 nangenxa yam, ukuba ndiphiwe ilizwi ekuwuvuleni umlomo wam, ndize ndazise ngokungafihlisiyo imfihlelo yeendaba ezi zilungileyo,

6:20 ekungenxa yazo endisisigidimi esisezintanjeni; ukuze ndingafihlisi ukuthetha kuzo, njengoko ndimelwe kukuthetha ngako.

6:21 Ke kaloku, ukuze nani nikwazi okukokwam, ukuba ndinjani na, wonazisa konke uTikiko, umzalwana oyintanda, umlungiseleli othembekileyo ngokwaseNkosini;

6:22 endimthume le nto kuni, ukuze nizazi iindaba zethu, nokuze azithuthuzele iintliziyo zenu.

6:23 Makube luxolo kubo abazalwana, nothando, ndawonye nokholo oluvela kuThixo uYise, neNkosi yethu uYesu Kristu.

6:24 Ubabalo malube nabo bonke abayithandayo iNkosi yethu uYesu Kristu ngokungenakonakala. Amen.




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