Ephesians 5:3-17 (New International Version)

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3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality,1 or of any kind of impurity, or of greed,2 because these are improper for God's holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk3 or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.4 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater5--has any inheritance6 in the kingdom of Christ and of God.a7 6 Let no one deceive you8 with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath9 comes on those who are disobedient.10 7 Therefore do not be partners with them. 8 For you were once11 darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light12 9 (for the fruit13 of the light consists in all goodness,14 righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.15 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness,16 but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light17 becomes visible, 14 for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper,18 rise from the dead,19 and Christ will shine on you."20 15 Be very careful, then, how you live21--not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity,22 because the days are evil.23 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.24
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