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Isahluko 3

1 Ngenxa yoko, mna Pawulos, mbanjwa kaKristu Yesu ngenxa yenu zintlanga—
2 ukuba ke nikuvile ukugosisa kobabalo lukaThixo endanibabalelwa ngalo;
3 okokuba wandazisa imfihlelo leyo ngokotyhilelo, njengoko sendibhale kade ngokufutshane;
4 enothi ngoko, nakulesa, nibe nokuqiqa okwam ukuyiqonda imfihlelo kaKristu;
5 ababengathanga kuzimbi izizukulwana bayaziswe oonyana babantu, njengoko bayityhilelweyo ngoku abapostile bakhe abangcwele, nabaprofeti bakhe, ngaye uMoya;
6 eyokuba iintlanga ziziindlalifa nathi, zikwamzimba mnye nathi, zingamahlulelana nathi ngedinga lakhe, sikuye nje uKristu ngazo iindaba ezilungileyo,
7 endaba ngumlungiseleli wazo ngokwesipho sobabalo lukaThixo, endababalwa ngaso ngokokusebenza kwamandla akhe.
8 Mna lo, unguyena mncinanana kubo bonke abangcwele, ndababalwa ngolo lubabalo, lokuba ndishumayele phakathi kweentlanga iindaba ezilungileyo zobutyebi obungalandekiyo bukaKristu;
9 ndibakhanyisele bonke, bayibone into obuyiyo ubudlelane bemfihlelo ebifihliwe kwasemaphakadeni, ikuye uThixo owazidalayo zonke izinto ngoYesu Kristu;
10 ukuze ngoku oozilawuli noomagunya, abakwezasemazulwini iindawo, babaziswe ngalo ibandla ubulumko bukaThixo, obuziintlobo ezininzi,
11 ngokokwengqibo yakhe yasemaphakadeni, awayenzayo kuKristu Yesu, iNkosi yethu;
12 esinako sikuye ukungafihlisi kwethu, nokungeniswa kuye sikholosile, ngokukholwa kuye.
13 Kungoko ndicelayo ukuba ningethi amandla ziimbandezelo zam, ezingenxa yenu, zona ezi ziluzuko lwenu.
14 Ngenxa yoko ndiyawagoba amadolo am kuye uYise weNkosi yethu uYesu Kristu,
15 ebizwe ngaye yonke imizalwane esemazulwini nesemhlabeni,
16 ukuba aninike, ngokobutyebi bozuko lwakhe, ukomelezwa ngamandla ngaye uMoya wakhe, ngokusingisele emntwini ongaphakathi;
17 ukuba uKristu ahlale ngalo ukholo ezintliziyweni zenu, nendele nisekelwe eluthandweni,
18 ukuze nithi, ndawonye nabo bonke abangcwele, nibe nako kanye ukubuqiqa into obuyiyo ububanzi, nobude, nobunzulu, nokuphakama kwalo,
19 kwanokulwazi uthando lukaKristu oluncamise ukwazi; ukuze niye nizala ngako konke ukuzala kukaThixo.
20 Kuye ke onako ukwenza okungaphezu kweento zonke ngokugqithiseleyo kakhulu, ngaphezu kwesikucelayo nesinokukuqiqa, ngokokwamandla asebenzayo ngaphakathi kwethu,
21 kuye malubekho uzuko ebandleni elikuKristu Yesu, kuse kuzo zonke izizukulwana zalo iphakade lasemaphakadeni. Amen.