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Ephesians 4:17-5:5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Living the New Life

17 Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them and because of the hardness of their hearts. 19 They became callous and gave themselves over to promiscuity for the practice of every kind of impurity with a desire for more and more.[a]

20 But that is not how you learned about the Messiah, 21 assuming you heard about Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus. 22 You took off[b] your former way of life, the old self[c] that is corrupted by deceitful desires; 23 you are being renewed[d] in the spirit of your minds; 24 you put on[e] the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.

25 Since you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor,[f] because we are members of one another. 26 Be angry and do not sin.[g] Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and don’t give the Devil an opportunity. 28 The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. 29 No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need,[h] so that it gives grace to those who hear. 30 And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by Him[i] for the day of redemption. 31 All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. 32 And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you[j] in Christ.

Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of[k] among you, as is proper for saints. Coarse and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks. For know and recognize this: Every sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of the Messiah and of God.


  1. Ephesians 4:19 Lit with greediness
  2. Ephesians 4:22 Or Jesus. This means: take off (as a command)
  3. Ephesians 4:22 Lit man; = a person before conversion
  4. Ephesians 4:23 Or desires; renew (as a command)
  5. Ephesians 4:24 Or minds; and put on (as a command)
  6. Ephesians 4:25 Zch 8:16
  7. Ephesians 4:26 Ps 4:4
  8. Ephesians 4:29 Lit for the building up of the need
  9. Ephesians 4:30 Or Spirit, by whom you were sealed
  10. Ephesians 4:32 Other mss read us
  11. Ephesians 5:3 Or be named

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