Ephesians 5:9

9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)

Ephesians 5:9 in Other Translations

9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true),
9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.
9 The good, the right, the true - these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours.
9 for the fruit of the light [results] in all goodness, righteousness, and truth-

Ephesians 5:9 Meaning and Commentary

Ephesians 5:9

For the fruit of the Spirit
Either of the spirit of man, as renewed, or rather of the Spirit of God; the allusion is to fruits of trees: the believer is a tree of righteousness; Christ is his root; the Spirit is the sap, which supports and nourishes; and good works, under the influence of his grace, are the fruit: the Alexandrian copy, and some others, and the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions, read "the fruit of light"; which agrees with the preceding words: and the genuine fruit of internal grace, or light,

[is] in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth;
the fruit of "goodness", lies in sympathizing with persons in distress; in assisting such according to the abilities men have in a readiness to forgive offences and injuries; and in using meekness and candour in admonishing others: "righteousness" lies in living in obedience to the law of God; in attending the worship and service of him; and in discharging our duty to our fellow creatures; and this as goodness, is very imperfect, and not to be boasted of, or trusted to, nor is salvation to be expected from it: "truth" is opposed to lying, to hypocrisy, to error and falsehood; and where the Spirit of God, and the work of grace are, there will be more or less an appearance of these fruits.

Ephesians 5:9 In-Context

7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
10 and find out what pleases the Lord.
11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Matthew 7:16-20; Galatians 5:22
  • 2. Romans 15:14