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Ephesians 5:6-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 [a]trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even [b]expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are [c]exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14 For this reason [d]it says,

Awake, sleeper,
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine on you.”

15 Therefore [e]be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 [f]making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, [g]for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to [h]one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to [i]God, even the Father; 21 [j]and be subject to one another in the [k]fear of Christ.

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 5:10 Lit proving what
  2. Ephesians 5:11 Or reprove
  3. Ephesians 5:13 Or reproved
  4. Ephesians 5:14 Or He
  5. Ephesians 5:15 Lit look carefully
  6. Ephesians 5:16 Lit redeeming the time
  7. Ephesians 5:18 Lit in which is
  8. Ephesians 5:19 Or yourselves
  9. Ephesians 5:20 Lit the God and Father
  10. Ephesians 5:21 Lit being subject
  11. Ephesians 5:21 Or reverence
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Ephesians 5:6-21 New International Version (NIV)

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,
    rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Instructions for Christian Households

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

New International Version (NIV)

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