1 Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children,
2 and walk in love, even as the Christ loved us, and delivered himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or unbridled lust, let it not be even named among you, as it becomes saints;
4 and filthiness and foolish talking, or jesting, which are not convenient; but rather thanksgiving.

References for Ephesians 5:4

    • a 5:4 - Perhaps 'indecent.'
    • b 5:4 - Used for 'buffoonery.'
    • c 5:4 - 'Convenient' has the French sense of convenir (see Col. 3.18, Philem. 8, 'fitting'), but no other word exactly suits. Perhaps 'becoming' or 'suitable.'
      5 For this ye are [well] informed of, knowing that no fornicator, or unclean person, or person of unbridled lust, who is an idolater, has inheritance in the kingdom of the Christ and God.

      References for Ephesians 5:5

        • d 5:5 - As 'greedy unsatisfied lust,' ch. 4.19. It means the lust of having, but is not confined to gain: see Mark. 7.22.
        • e 5:5 - 'Informed of' is conscious knowledge; 'knowing' is objective knowledge.
          6 Let no one deceive you with vain words, for on account of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

          References for Ephesians 5:6

            • f 5:6 - Apeitheia: see ch. 2.2 and Note q, Rom. 10.21.
              7 Be not ye therefore fellow-partakers with them;
              8 for ye were once darkness, but now light in [the] Lord; walk as children of light,
              9 (for the fruit of the light [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth,)
              10 proving what is agreeable to the Lord;
              11 and do not have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather also reprove [them],
              12 for the things that are done by them in secret it is shameful even to say.
              13 But all things having their true character exposed by the light are made manifest; for that which makes everything manifest is light.

              References for Ephesians 5:13

                • g 5:13 - Or 'expose [them]' -- that is, expose (as by light) their true character. Elenko: see John 3.20.
                • h 5:13 - Or 'but all of them, having their true character exposed by the light, are made manifest,' or 'are made manifest by the light.'
                  14 Wherefore he says, Wake up, [thou] that sleepest, and arise up from among the dead, and the Christ shall shine upon thee.

                  References for Ephesians 5:14

                    • i 5:14 - See Isa. 60.1.
                      15 See therefore how ye walk carefully, not as unwise but as wise,
                      16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

                      References for Ephesians 5:16

                        • j 5:16 - Not 'redeeming time,' as usually understood, but seizing every good and favourable opportunity. (See Dan. 2.8.)
                          17 For this reason be not foolish, but understanding what [is] the will of the Lord.
                          18 And be not drunk with wine, in which is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit,
                          19 speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and chanting with your heart to the Lord;

                          References for Ephesians 5:19

                            • k 5:19 - Humnos, as Col. 3.16. The verb humneo, from the same root, is found in Matt. 26.30; Mark 14.26; Acts 16.25; and Heb. 2.12.
                              20 giving thanks at all times for all things to him [who is] God and [the] Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

                              References for Ephesians 5:20

                                • l 5:20 - 'To him who is.' This alone gives the sense. 'God, even the Father,' might be taken as meaning that the Father only is God, and it is far from exact as a translation.
                                  21 submitting yourselves to one another in [the] fear of Christ.
                                  22 Wives, [submit yourselves] to your own husbands, as to the Lord,
                                  23 for a husband is head of the wife, as also the Christ [is] head of the assembly. *He* [is] Saviour of the body.

                                  References for Ephesians 5:23

                                    • m 5:23 - Aner, 'man,' when not the race, and 'husband' are the same word in Greek; but the article is left out here. It is in his character of man, as contrasted with woman, that this headship belongs to him. It is the same word as 'husband' in what follows, only there it has the article.
                                    • n 5:23 - Or 'woman.'
                                      24 But even as the assembly is subjected to the Christ, so also wives to their own husbands in everything.
                                      25 Husbands, love your own wives, even as the Christ also loved the assembly, and has delivered himself up for it,
                                      26 in order that he might sanctify it, purifying [it] by the washing of water by [the] word,

                                      References for Ephesians 5:26

                                        • o 5:26 - Or having purified.' The aorists 'loved' -- 'delivered' -- 'sanctify' -- 'purifying' may be coincident or consequent one on another.
                                          27 that *he* might present the assembly to himself glorious, having no spot, or wrinkle, or any of such things; but that it might be holy and blameless.
                                          28 So ought men also to love their own wives as their own bodies: he that loves his own wife loves himself.
                                          29 For no one has ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, even as also the Christ the assembly:
                                          30 for we are members of his body; [we are of his flesh, and of his bones.]
                                          31 Because of this a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be united to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.

                                          References for Ephesians 5:31

                                            • p 5:31 - Lit 'to one flesh,' that is, shall become so, and so be accounted: see Note, 1Cor. 6.16.
                                            • q 5:31 - See Gen. 2.24.
                                              32 This mystery is great, but *I* speak as to Christ, and as to the assembly.
                                              33 But *ye* also, every one of you, let each so love his own wife as himself; but as to the wife [I speak] that she may fear the husband.