For you were once darkness, but now you are light(A) in the Lord. Walk as children of light(B) for the fruit of the light[a] results in all goodness, righteousness, and truth(C) 10 discerning(D) what is pleasing(E) to the Lord. 11 Don’t participate in the fruitless(F) works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to mention what is done by them in secret. 13 Everything exposed by the light is made clear,(G) 14 for what makes everything clear is light. Therefore it is said:

Get up, sleeper,(H) and rise up from the dead,(I)
and the Messiah will shine on you.[b](J)

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Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 5:9 Other mss read fruit of the Spirit
  2. Ephesians 5:14 This poem may have been an early Christian hymn based on several passages in Isaiah; Is 9:2; 26:19; 40:1; 51:17; 52:1; 60:1.

12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you[a] to share in the saints’[b] inheritance in the light.(A) 13 He has rescued(B) us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom(C) of the Son(D) He loves.(E) 14 We have redemption,[c] the forgiveness of sins, in Him.

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Footnotes

  1. Colossians 1:12 Other mss read us
  2. Colossians 1:12 Or holy ones’
  3. Colossians 1:14 Other mss add through His blood

15 so that you may be blameless(A) and pure,(B) children of God who are faultless(C) in a crooked(D) and perverted(E) generation,(F) among whom you shine like stars in the world.

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For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness.(A)

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