Similarly "faith" and "baptism" (the sacramental seal of faith) are connected ( 16:16 , Colossians 2:12 ). —1Co 12:13; 2Co 5:5. 18. clamour--compared by CHRYSOSTOM to a horse carrying anger for its rider: "Bridle the horse, and you dismount its rider." maketh increase--Translate, as the Greek is the same as Ephesians 4:15 , "maketh (carrieth on) the growth of the body.". wrath--passion for a time: opposed to "tender-hearted." I shall not dispute about this; it is enough for me that the apostle, under the inspiration of God, applied the verse in this way; and whatever David might intend, and of whatever event he might have written, we see plainly that the sense in which the apostle uses it was the sense of the Spirit of God; for the Spirit in the Old and New Testaments is the same. - Proclus. "Spiritual life in believers is kindled from the life itself of God" [BENGEL]. Whence BENGEL translates for "wrath," harshness. of men--contrasted with Christ ( Ephesians 4:13 ). You who are at large can show forth the virtues of him who called you into his marvellous light; I am in bondage, and can only exhort others by my writing, and show my submission to God by my patient suffering. .Thematically, Ephesians 4 moves from one's calling to unity to one's calling to ministry (all are called to ministry = part of the one hope of your calling). Shows them that their conversation should be chaste and holy, that they might not grieve the Spirit of God; that they should avoid all bad tempers, be kindly affectioned one to another, and be of a forgiving spirit, Ephesians 4:29-32. 9. The man is grown up strong and healthy, and has attained such a measure or height as qualifies him for the most respectable place in the ranks of his country. The "pastor" had the outward rule and guidance of the Church: the bishop. Let him that stole steal no more - It is supposed that, among the rabbins, stealing was not entirely discountenanced, provided a portion was given to the poor. But its unity is as yet not visible, even as the Head is not visible; but it shall appear when He shall appear ( John 17:21-23 , Colossians 3:4 ). 23. be renewed--The Greek (ananeousthai) implies "the continued renewal in the youth of the new man." And evil speaking - Βλασφημια· Blasphemy; that is, injurious speaking - words which tend to hurt those of whom or against whom they are spoken. Greek: porneia de kai akatharsia pasa e pleonexia mede onomazes tho en humin, kathos prepei ha giois,. Not only was He legally sinless, He was also humble, meek, merciful, sacrificial, kind, encouraging, positive, and patient.When considering what He was in His total personality for the purpose of comparing ourselves to Him, we need to recall Romans 3:23: "All . I shall not trouble my reader with them; they may be seen in Rosenmuller. . Not the Lord's Supper, which is an act of matured communion on the part of those already incorporate, "a symbol of union, not of unity" [ELLICOTT]. The true "body" of Christ (all believers of every age) is already "one," as joined to the one Head. Its opposite is "that which is good to edifying." Outward uniformity is as yet unattainable; but beginning by having one mind, we shall hereafter end by having "one body." The exhortations of this part of the Epistle are built on the conscious enjoyment of the privileges mentioned in the former part. Verse 4. There should be one heart; for there is one body, and one spirit, v. 4. 20. learned Christ--( Philippians 3:10 ). 7. Many suppose, because they have a sound faith, that all is safe and well: as well might the mechanic, who knows he has a good trade, and that he understands the principles of it well, suppose it will maintain him, though he brings none of its principles into action by honest, assiduous, and well-directed labor. ; and that these honorable appellations must be a strong excitement to the Ephesians to walk worthy of these exalted characters But I do not find that the word κλησις, calling, is taken in this sense any where in the New Testament; but that it has the meaning which I have given it above is evident from 1 Corinthians 7:20; : Εκαστος εν τη κλησει ᾑ εκληθη, εν ταυτῃ μενετω· Let every man abide in the calling to which he hath been called. It is not this or the other degree of moral good which the soul is to receive by Jesus Christ, it is the whole image of God; it is to be formed κατα Θεον, according to God; the likeness of the Divine Being is to be traced upon his soul, and he is to bear that as fully as his first father Adam bore it in the beginning. As the "SPIRIT" is mentioned here, so the "LORD" (Jesus), Ephesians 4:5 , and "GOD the Father," Ephesians 4:6 . Works Referenced. ( Luke 7:42 , Colossians 3:12 ). The unity of the Spirit defined (4-6) a. Take the following paraphrase: Thou hast ascended on high: the conqueror was placed in a very elevated chariot. "Partial knowledge is better than total ignorance; he who cannot get all he may wish, must take heed to acquire all that he can." From the apostle we learn what Moses meant by the image of God; it was righteousness and the truth of holiness. Paul stops short in the middle of the verse, and does not quote "that the Lord God might dwell among them." To know Christ Himself, is the great lesson of the Christian life: this the Ephesians began to learn at their conversion. Useless, particularly that which has been rendered so by old age and corruption. 4 It is astonishing that any who profess the Christian name should indulge bitterness of spirit. The various teachings are the "winds" which keep them tossed on a sea of doubts ( Hebrews 13:9 ; compare Matthew 11:7 ). 13. come in--rather, "attain unto." Spirit is not in this sense attributed to the unregenerate ( 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ). In the Psalm, the captive foes of David. Paul quotes it of CHRIST ascending to heaven, who is therefore GOD. communication--language. Thou host received gifts for (Paul, given gifts unto) men: at such times the conqueror was wont to throw money among the crowd. Truth is the first thing: those who reach it, will at last reach unity, because truth is one; while those who seek unity as the first thing, may purchase it at the sacrifice of truth, and so of the soul itself. Thus the Trinity is again set forth. Wherefore he saith - The reference seems to be to Psalm 68:18, which, however it may speak of the removal of the tabernacle, appears to have been intended to point out the glorious ascension of Christ after his resurrection from the dead. Here his descending into the lower parts of the earth is put in opposition to his ascending far above all heavens. he saith--God, whose word the Scripture is ( Psalms 68:18 ). He who has got a talent for the edification of only one of those classes should not stay long in a place, else the whole body cannot grow up in all things under his ministry. 5 - One baptism It could be argued that there is one purpose of baptism although there are several methods. I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord— Imprisoned for his sake and for your sakes; for the sake of the gospel which he had preached amongst them. Wherefore putting away lying - All falsity, all prevarication, because this is opposite to the truth as it is in Jesus, Ephesians 4:21, and to the holiness of truth, Ephesians 4:24. To throw off all sense of shame, and to be utterly devoid of pain, for committing unrighteous acts. In most Christian Churches there appears to be but one office, that of preacher; and one gift, that by which he professes to preach. Yet the Psalm plainly refers to God ( Ephesians 4:8 Ephesians 4:17 Ephesians 4:18 ). through--rather as Greek, "on account of the ignorance," namely, of God. We are members one of another - Consider yourselves as one body, of which Jesus Christ is the head; and as a man's right hand would not deceive or wrong his left hand, so deal honestly with each other; for ye are members one of another. From this it seems that various arts were used, both by the Greek sophists and the Judaizing teachers, to render the Gospel of none effect, or to adulterate and corrupt it. blindness--Greek, "hardness," literally, the hardening of the skin so as not to be sensible of touch. grow up--from the state of "children" to that of "full-grown men." All rights reserved. effectual working--( Ephesians 1:19 , 3:7 ). But--Though "one" in our common connection with "one Lord, one faith, &c., one God," yet "each one of us" has assigned to him his own particular gift, to be used for the good of the whole: none is overlooked; none therefore can be dispensed with for the edifying of the Church ( Ephesians 4:12 ). Lowliness and gentleness b. Longsuffering, bearing with one another in love c. Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace 3. Every member of the mystical body of Christ should labor for the comfort and edification of the whole, and the honor of the Head. In the apostle's creed, the article as to THE CHURCH properly follows that as to THE HOLY GHOST. Ministers did not give themselves. Commentary on Ephesians 4:17-24. EXHORTATIONS TO CHRISTIAN DUTIES RESTING ON OUR CHRISTIAN PRIVILEGES, AS UNITED IN ONE BODY, THOUGH VARYING IN THE GRACES GIVEN TO THE SEVERAL MEMBERS, THAT WE MAY COME UNTO A PERFECT MAN IN CHRIST. Watch our overview video on the book of Ephesians, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In the parallel ( Colossians 3:10 ) it is, "renewed in knowledge after the image," &c. As at Colosse the danger was from false pretenders to knowledge, the true "knowledge" which flows from renewal of the heart is dwelt on; so at Ephesus, the danger being from the corrupt morals prevalent around, the renewal in "holiness," contrasted with the Gentile "uncleanness" ( Ephesians 4:19 ), and "righteousness," in contrast to "greediness," is made prominent. For the meaning of καταρτισμος, perfecting, see the note on 2 Corinthians 13:9. The verb απαλγειν signifies. . There is growth only in the spiritually alive, not in the dead. The apostle exhorts them to walk worthy of their vocation, and to live in peace and unity, Ephesians 4:1-6. "It is HE that gave," &c. gave some, apostles--Translate, "some to be apostles, and some to be prophets," &c. The men who filled the office, no less than the office itself, were a divine gift [EADIE]. Thee also, O Silenus, of inextinguishable lust. Uncleanness and greediness of gain often go hand in hand ( Ephesians 5:3 Ephesians 5:5 , Colossians 3:5 ); though "greediness" here includes all kinds of self-seeking. given themselves over--In Romans 1:24 it is, "God gave them up to uncleanness." Some think the mystery of the blessed Trinity is contained in this verse: God is over all, as Father; through all, by the Logos or Word; and in all, by the Holy Spirit. In those early chapters, the author has laid out the new reality, that in Jesus God has broken down the “wall” between Jew and Gentile, now offering through the blood of the new covenant, salvation and koinonia to … Continue reading "Commentary on Ephesians 4:1-16" There is more real unity where both go to heaven under different names than when with the same name one goes to heaven, the other to hell. p. 231: Αγαθον εις φιλιαν οιδα σε· I know thee to be good (formed) for friendship. putting away--Greek, "having put away" once for all. That the Lord God might dwell among them: the conqueror being now come to fix his abode in the conquered provinces, and subdue the people to his laws. Scolding and abuse from the pulpit or press, in matters of religion, are truly monstrous. A motive to unity ( Ephesians 4:3 ). Ephesians 4; NIV - Unity and Maturity in the Body of - Bible Gateway. CHAPTER 4. Put on the new man - Get a new nature; for in Christ Jesus - under the Christian dispensation, neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision, hut a new creation. Our calling is our responsibility to respond to what we have become in Christ. gave gifts unto men--in the Psalm, "received gifts for men," Hebrew, "among men," that is, "thou hast received gifts" to distribute among men. 7. Instead of privileged classes, as the Jews under the law, a unity of dispensation was henceforth to be the common privilege of Jew and Gentile alike. These two verses list seven attitudes that you need to personally have in order to walk in unity. by that which every joint supplieth--Greek, "by means of every joint of the supply"; joined with "maketh increase of the body," not with "compacted." Walk not as other Gentiles walk - Ye are called to holiness by the Gospel, the other Gentiles have no such calling; walk not as they walk. One Lord - Jesus Christ, who is the governor of this Church. Unto every one of us is given grace - Grace may here signify a particular office; as if the apostle had said: Though we are all equal in the respects already mentioned, yet we have all different offices and situations to fill up in the Church and in the world; and we receive a free gift from Christ, according to the nature of the office, that we may be able to discharge it according to his own mind. Measure of the stature - The full measure of knowledge, love, and holiness, which the Gospel of Christ requires. Do they not form one body, and are they not all members of each other? And wrath - Θυμος is more properly anger, which may be considered the commencement of the passion. "Speak ye truth each one with his neighbor," is quoted, slightly changed, from Zechariah 8:16 . 29. corrupt--literally, "insipid," without "the salt of grace" ( Colossians 4:6 ), so worthless and then becoming corrupt: included in "foolish talking" ( Ephesians 5:4 ). Kypke observes that λογος σαπρος signifies a useless, putrid, unsavory, and obscene word or conversation. Which after God is created in righteousness - Here is certainly an allusion to the creation of man. the ministry--Greek, "ministration"; without the article. As in the future literal, so in the present spiritual, resurrection, no essential constituent is annihilated, but all that is a perversion of the original design is removed. knowledge--Full unity of faith is then found, when all alike thoroughly know Christ, the object of faith, and that in His highest dignity as "the Son of God" [DE WETTE] ( Ephesians 3:17 Ephesians 3:19 , 2 Peter 1:5 ). Be no more children - Children, here, are opposed to the perfect man in the preceding verse; and the state of both is well explained by the apostle's allusions. This truth, as it is the doctrine of God's eternal love to mankind, must be preached in love. ( Ephesians 4:14 ). The Spirit is represented as itself the seal ( Ephesians 1:13 , for the image employed, is the element IN which the believer is sealed, His gracious influences being the seal itself. Acts 2:27 Acts 2:28 , and Romans 10:7 , favor the view of the reference being simply to His descent to Hades. Rome falls into inextricable error by setting up a mere man as a visible head, antedating that consummation which Christ, the true visible Head, at His appearing shall first realize. Teaches them the necessity of being well instructed and steady in Divine things, Ephesians 4:14. To the Trinity naturally is annexed the Church, as the house to its tenant, to God His temple, the state to its founder [AUGUSTINE, Enchiridion, c. 15]. iii. Te quoque, inextinctae Silene libidinis, urunt: Nequitia est, quae te non sinit esse senem. unto--kept safely against the day of redemption, namely, of the completion of redemption in the deliverance of the body as well as the soul from all sin and sorrow ( Ephesians 1:14 , Luke 21:28 , Romans 8:23 ). They abhorred every thing that had a tendency to lay any restraint on their vicious passions and inclinations. He came to the lower parts of the earth - the very deepest abasement; having emptied himself; taken upon him; the form of a servant, and humbled himself unto death, even the death of the cross; now he is ascended far above all heavens - higher than all height; he has a name above every name. Hence a soul's callousness to feeling ( Mark 3:5 ). Here their foolishness was manifested. At one time, *Greek leaders had ruled Ephesus.Now the *Romans ruled the city. The thief, when repentant, should labor more than he would be called on to do, if he had never stolen. The *temple of thegoddess (female god) Diana (or Artemis) was there. Ephesians 4:2-3. with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Callous signifies a thickening of the outward skin of any particular part, especially on the hands and feet, by repeated exercise or use, through which such parts are rendered insensible. tossed to and fro--inwardly, even without wind; like billows of the sea. 2. Consider how many unities there are that are the joy and glory of our Christian profession. Let any medical man, who understands the apostle's language, take up this verse, and he will be convinced that the apostle had all these things in view. Let no corrupt communication - Πας λογος σαπρος . This verse refers to believers, who grieve the Spirit by inconsistencies such as in the context are spoken of, corrupt or worthless conversation, &c. whereby ye are sealed--rather, "wherein (or 'in whom') ye were sealed." "Truth" is therefore used in the most comprehensive sense, truth in its essence, and highest perfection, in Jesus; "if according as it is thus in Him, ye have been so taught in Him"; in contrast to "the vanity of mind of the Gentiles" ( Ephesians 4:17 ; compare John 1:14 John 1:17 , 18:37 ). "Jesus," in Ephesians 4:21 , as the person. in love--"Truth" is never to be sacrificed to so-called "charity"; yet it is to be maintained in charity. Grow up into him - This is a continuance of the metaphor taken from the members of a human body receiving nourishment equally and growing up, each in its due proportion to other parts, and to the body in general. More literally, "Being darkened in their understanding," that is, their intelligence, or perceptions (compare Ephesians 5:8 , Acts 26:18 , 1 Thessalonians 5:4 1 Thessalonians 5:5 ). Their moral state became so wretched that they are represented as abhorring every thing spiritual and pure, for this is the import of the word απηλλοτριωμενοι (which we translate alienated) in some of the best Greek writers. Christ, as Lord of all, took possession first of the earth the unseen world beneath it (some conjecture that the region of the lost is in the central parts of our globe), then of heaven ( Acts 2:27 Acts 2:28 ). Among us, a man's calling signifies his trade, or occupation in life; that at which he works, and by which he gets his bread; and it is termed his calling, because it is supposed that God, in the course of his providence, calls the person to be thus employed, and thus to acquire his livelihood. "Lawless insolence, and wanton caprice" [TRENCH]. . Thus indignation at dishonor done to God, and wrong to man, is justifiable anger. And is it less so to see the members of a Christian society bite and devour each other, till they are consumed one of another? Ephesians follows a theme common in Paul's writings: connecting theory with practice. into him--so as to be more and more incorporated with Him, and become one with Him. Do not go to sleep with any unkind or unbrotherly feeling; anger, continued in, may produce malice and revenge. 22. I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye … No temper of this kind can consist with peace of conscience, and the approbation of God's Spirit in the soul. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. This is a trite picture of the Gentile world: uncleanness, lechery, and debauchery of every kind, flourished among them without limit or restraint. Even words good in themselves must be introduced seasonably lest by our fault they prove injurious instead of useful. As in Ephesians 1:13 , believers are said to be sealed "in" Christ, so here "in the Holy Spirit," who is one with Christ, and who reveals Christ in the soul: the Greek implies that the sealing was done already once for all. Beseech you that ye walk - Ye have your liberty, and may walk; I am deprived of mine, and cannot. captivity--that is, a band of captives. Teaches how the body or Church of Christ is constituted, Ephesians 4:15, Ephesians 4:16. Where there is spiritual "life" ("the life of God") there is feeling; where there is not, there is "hardness.". And in you all - By the energy of his Spirit, enlightening, quickening, purifying, and comforting; in a word, making your hearts the temples of the Holy Ghost. That he might fill all things - That he might be the fountain whence all blessings might flow; dispensing all good things to all his creatures, according to their several capacities and necessities; and, particularly, fill both converted Jews and Gentiles with all the gifts and graces of his Holy Spirit. in the spirit of your mind--As there is no Greek for "in," which there is at Ephesians 4:17 , "in the vanity of their mind," it is better to translate, "By the Spirit of your mind," that is, by your new spiritual nature; the restored and divinely informed leading principle of the mind. As He declares ( John 3:13 ), "No man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven." The *apostle Paul wrote this letter when he wasin a prison in Rome. They gave themselves up of their own accord to the slavery of their lust, to do all its pleasure, as captives who have ceased to strive with the foe. No one form of Church polity as permanently unalterable is laid down in the New Testament though the apostolical order of bishops, or presbyters, and deacons, superintended by higher overseers (called bishops after the apostolic times), has the highest sanction of primitive usage. Jesus Christ is the standard and example, the pinnacle of all things a human should be. lasciviousness--"wantonness" [ALFORD]. Greek, "Let him that stealeth." One hope - Of everlasting glory, to which glory ye have been called by the preaching of the Gospel; through which ye have become the body of Christ, instinct with the energy of the Holy Ghost. let not the sun go down upon your wrath--"wrath" is absolutely forbidden; "anger" not so, though, like poison sometimes used as medicine, it is to be used with extreme caution. every part--Greek, "each one part"; each individual part. But — Though there be so many, and those infinitely important particulars, in which the true members of the church agree, and which furnish such powerful motives to love and unity, yet there are some things wherein they differ. That God never prohibits any thing that is useful to us, is an unshaken truth. The \"secret call\" of the preacher or pastor does not make him or her more called than the carpenter . Whereby ye are sealed - The Holy Spirit in the soul of a believer is God's seal, set on his heart to testify that he is God's property, and that he should be wholly employed in God's service. (Ephesians 4 Commentary) Regarding the metaphor of one body Boice comments that "Comparing the church to a body is particularly appropriate in this passage, however, for a body is something that works together, even though it is composed of many … Translation of Ephesians 4:7-16 with Syntactical Comments. As "faith" is mentioned, Ephesians 4:5 , so "hope" here, and "love," Ephesians 4:2 . Contrast John 8:44 . The exhortations given in this chapter, if properly attended to, have the most direct tendency to secure the peace of the individual, the comfort of every family, and the welfare and unity of every Christian society. So JONA, "Let not night and anger against anyone sleep with you, but go and conciliate the other party, though he have been the first to commit the offense." Paul reasons that (assuming Him to be God) His ascent implies a previous descent; and that the language of the Psalm can only refer to Christ, who first descended, then ascended. 32. "Bitterness" begets "wrath"; "wrath," "anger"; "anger," "clamor"; and "clamor," the more chronic "evil-speaking," slander, insinuations, and surmises of evil. And clamor - Κραυγη Loud and obstreperous speaking, brawling, railing, boisterous talk, often the offspring of wrath; all of which are highly unbecoming the meek, loving, quiet, sedate mind of Christ and his followers. Ephesians 4:1. Ενθα γαρ τι δει και ψευδος λεγεσθαι, λεγεσθω . See the note on Genesis 1:26. Stealing, overreaching, defrauding, purloining, etc., are consistent with no kind of religion that acknowledges the true God. use of edifying--literally, "for edifying of the need," that is, for edifying where it is needed. The Holy Spirit, as the common higher principle of life ( Ephesians 2:18 Ephesians 2:22 ), gives to the Church its true unity. Κρειττον δε ελεσθαι ψευδος, η αληθες κακον· "A lie is better than a hurtful truth." taught by him--Greek, "taught IN HIM," that is, being in vital union with Him ( Romans 16:7 ). 21. One Spirit c. One hope of your calling d. One Lord e. A different Greek word (anakainousthai) implies "renewal from the old state." .4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;.5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,.6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. The apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, are all compounded in the class preachers; and many, to whom God has given nothing but the gift of exhortation, take texts to explain them; and thus lose their time, and mar their ministry. Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace - There can be no doubt that the Church at Ephesus was composed partly of converted Jews, as well as Gentiles. Greek, emphatical. A Christian cannot be a savage, and he need not be a boor. carried about--with every wind from without. So PEARSON in Exposition of the Creed ( Philippians 2:10 ). The joints are the points of union where the supply passes to the different members, furnishing the body with the materials of its growth. But the Psalm ( Psalms 68:16 ) refers to "the Lord dwelling in Zion for ever"; the ascension amidst attendant angels, having as its counterpart the second advent amidst "thousands of angels" ( Psalms 68:17 ), accompanied by the restoration of Israel ( Psalms 68:22 ), the destruction of God's enemies and the resurrection ( Psalms 68:20 Psalms 68:21 Psalms 68:23 ), the conversion of the kingdoms of the world to the Lord at Jerusalem ( Psalms 68:29-34 ). God is "Father" both by generation (as Creator) and regeneration ( Ephesians 2:10 , James 1:17 James 1:18 , 1 John 5:1 ). He that descended - And he who descended so low is the same who has ascended so high. 4. Their giving themselves to it was punished in kind, God giving them up to it by withdrawing His preventing grace; their sin thus was made their punishment. The natural, or animal man, is described as "not having the Spirit" ( Jude 1:19 ) [ALFORD]. Who is above all - Ὁ επι παντων· Who is over all; as the King of kings, and Lord of lords. 11. "When telling a lie will be profitable, let it be told." Paul stats that every member of the body is fitted perfectly together as it pleases God and since we are joined together carefully, there should be unity in this body. "The first beginnings of unchastity" [GROTIUS]. In the case of the Jews, a fixed model of hierarchy and ceremonial unalterably bound the people, most minutely detailed in the law. let him labour--Theft and idleness go together. 12. One Spirit - The Holy Ghost, who animates this body. "There is nothing decorous in truth but when it is profitable; yea, sometimes και ψευδος ωνησεν ανθρωπους, και τ 'αληθες εβλαψεν, truth is hurtful, and lying is profitable to men." Such was the state of the Gentiles before they were blessed with the light of the Gospel; and such is the state of those nations who have not yet received the Gospel; and such is the state of multitudes of those in Christian countries who refuse to receive the Gospel, endeavor to decry it, and to take refuge in the falsities of infidelity against the testimony of eternal truth. Edifying of the body - The body of Christ is his Church, see Ephesians 2:20, etc. Wherefore--From the general character of "the new man," there will necessarily result the particular features which he now details. "Let the stealing person steal no more." This wasabout 61 years after the birth of Christ. In the Church of Christ there are persons in various states: the careless, the penitent, the lukewarm, the tempted, the diffident, the little child, the young man, and the father. 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