Ephesians 4:27

27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

Ephesians 4:27 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
27 Neither give place to the devil.
English Standard Version (ESV)
27 and give no opportunity to the devil.
New Living Translation (NLT)
27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
The Message Bible (MSG)
27 Don't give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.
American Standard Version (ASV)
27 neither give place to the devil.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
27 Don't give the devil any opportunity [to work].
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
27 and don't give the Devil an opportunity.

Ephesians 4:27 Meaning and Commentary

Ephesians 4:27

Neither give place to the devil.
] Or "to the accuser", or "slanderer"; that is, to any adversary, that takes delight in slandering and reproaching the saints; give such no room, nor reason, to calumniate the doctrine and ways of Christ, through an unbecoming conversation, by lying and sinful anger, or by other means; or rather the devil, the great accuser of the brethren is meant; and the Ethiopic version renders it, "do not give way to Satan"; which is done, when men indulge any lust or corruption; and when they easily fall in with his suggestions and temptations; when they are off of their watch and guard; and when they do not resist, but quietly yield unto him.

Ephesians 4:27 In-Context

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
26 “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Cross References 1

  • 1. 2 Corinthians 2:10,11
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