(A)Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to (B)light the hidden things of darkness and (C)reveal the [a]counsels of the hearts. (D)Then each one’s praise will come from God.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 4:5 motives

Therefore (A)do not go on [a]passing judgment before [b]the time, but wait (B)until the Lord comes, who will both (C)bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of human hearts; and then (D)praise will come to each person from God.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 4:5 Lit judging anything
  2. 1 Corinthians 4:5 I.e., the appointed time of judgment

So do not go on passing judgment before the appointed time, but wait until the Lord comes, for He will both bring to light the [secret] things that are hidden in darkness and disclose the motives of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.

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Therefore judge nothing(A) before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes.(B) He will bring to light(C) what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.(D)

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Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

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13 But (A)all things that are [a]exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says:

(B)“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”

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  1. Ephesians 5:13 reproved

13 But all things become visible (A)when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14 For this reason [a]it says,

(B)Awake, sleeper,
And arise from (C)the dead,
And Christ (D)will shine on you.”

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  1. Ephesians 5:14 Or He

13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light [of God’s precepts], for [a]it is light that makes everything visible. 14 For this reason He says,

“Awake, sleeper,
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine [as dawn] upon you and give you light.”(A)

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  1. Ephesians 5:13 Paul, who was privileged to study under the brilliant Gamaliel (Acts 22:3), is probably speaking from the viewpoint of ancient Greek science. Even the philosopher Plato maintained that vision essentially is the process of light forming an image of an object it touches and conveying that image to the eyes. So Paul may mean that what is actually seen is an image composed of light (like the photographic process), and since light is always reliable and its physical properties are constant, nothing exposed to light escapes being revealed. Spiritually speaking, to the extent that a believer functions as Light (v 8), he will expose the sins of unbelievers simply by his presence, just as it is the nature of light to expose whatever it touches.

13 But everything exposed by the light(A) becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,(B)
    rise from the dead,(C)
    and Christ will shine on you.”(D)

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13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

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12 For the word of God is (A)living and powerful, and (B)sharper than any (C)two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is (D)a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 (E)And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are (F)naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

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12 For (A)the word of God is (B)living and (C)active, and sharper than any two-edged (D)sword, even penetrating as far as the division of (E)soul and (F)spirit, of both joints and marrow, and (G)able to [a]judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And (H)there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are (I)open and laid bare to the eyes of Him to whom [b]we must answer.

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  1. Hebrews 4:12 Or discern
  2. Hebrews 4:13 Lit is our word

12 For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged [a]sword, penetrating as far as the division of the [b]soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, and revealed to the eyes of Him with whom we have to give account.

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  1. Hebrews 4:12 In addition to “sword,” the word in Greek was used for the knife used by the priests to slit the throats of the sacrificial lambs and for the knife (scalpel) used by a surgeon.
  2. Hebrews 4:12 “soul and spirit” used here to emphasize the whole person, not two separate entities as in other passages.

12 For the word of God(A) is alive(B) and active.(C) Sharper than any double-edged sword,(D) it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.(E) 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.(F) Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

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12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

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