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Ephesians 5:8-17 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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8 For though your hearts were once full of darkness, now you are full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it! 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
10 Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.
11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
13 But when the light shines on them, it becomes clear how evil these things are. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
14 And where your light shines, it will expose their evil deeds. This is why it is said, "Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light." 14 for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
15 So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. 15 Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise,
16 Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
17 Don't act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.