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Ephesians 4:17-5:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Christian’s Walk

17 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, [a]excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality [b]for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20 But you did not learn [c]Christ in this way, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old [d]self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new [e]self, which [f]in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil [g]an opportunity. 28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with [h]one who has need. 29 Let no [i]unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification [j]according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, [k]by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven [l]you.

Be Imitators of God

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved [m]you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God [n]as a fragrant aroma.

But immorality [o]or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among [p]saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know with certainty, that no [q]immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

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 [r]trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even [s]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 [t]exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14 For this reason [u]it says,

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


  1. Ephesians 4:18 Or alienated
  2. Ephesians 4:19 Or greedy for the practice of every kind of impurity
  3. Ephesians 4:20 I.e. the Messiah
  4. Ephesians 4:22 Lit man
  5. Ephesians 4:24 Lit man
  6. Ephesians 4:24 Lit according to God
  7. Ephesians 4:27 Lit a place
  8. Ephesians 4:28 Lit the one
  9. Ephesians 4:29 Lit rotten
  10. Ephesians 4:29 Lit of the need
  11. Ephesians 4:30 Lit in
  12. Ephesians 4:32 Two early mss read us
  13. Ephesians 5:2 One early ms reads us
  14. Ephesians 5:2 Lit for an odor of fragrance
  15. Ephesians 5:3 Lit and all
  16. Ephesians 5:3 Or holy ones
  17. Ephesians 5:5 I.e. one who commits sexual immorality
  18. Ephesians 5:10 Lit proving what
  19. Ephesians 5:11 Or reprove
  20. Ephesians 5:13 Or reproved
  21. Ephesians 5:14 Or He
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