Ephesians 2:9
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New International Version
not by works, so that no one can boast.

New Living Translation
Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

English Standard Version
not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

New American Standard Bible
not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

King James Bible
Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
not from works, so that no one can boast.

International Standard Version
and not the result of actions, to put a stop to all boasting.

NET Bible
it is not from works, so that no one can boast.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Not of works, lest anyone should boast.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It's not the result of anything you've done, so no one can brag about it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Not of works, lest any man should boast.

King James 2000 Bible
Not of works, lest any man should boast.

American King James Version
Not of works, lest any man should boast.

American Standard Version
not of works, that no man should glory.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Not of works, that no man may glory.

Darby Bible Translation
not on the principle of works, that no one might boast.

English Revised Version
not of works, that no man should glory.

Webster's Bible Translation
Not by works, lest any man should boast.

Weymouth New Testament
so that it may be impossible for any one to boast.

World English Bible
not of works, that no one would boast.

Young's Literal Translation
not of works, that no one may boast;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-10 Sin is the death of the soul. A man dead in trespasses and sins has no desire for spiritual pleasures. When we look upon a corpse, it gives an awful feeling. A never-dying spirit is now fled, and has left nothing but the ruins of a man. But if we viewed things aright, we should be far more affected by the thought of a dead soul, a lost, fallen spirit. A state of sin is a state of conformity to this world. Wicked men are slaves to Satan. Satan is the author of that proud, carnal disposition which there is in ungodly men; he rules in the hearts of men. From Scripture it is clear, that whether men have been most prone to sensual or to spiritual wickedness, all men, being naturally children of disobedience, are also by nature children of wrath. What reason have sinners, then, to seek earnestly for that grace which will make them, of children of wrath, children of God and heirs of glory! God's eternal love or good-will toward his creatures, is the fountain whence all his mercies flow to us; and that love of God is great love, and that mercy is rich mercy. And every converted sinner is a saved sinner; delivered from sin and wrath. The grace that saves is the free, undeserved goodness and favour of God; and he saves, not by the works of the law, but through faith in Christ Jesus. Grace in the soul is a new life in the soul. A regenerated sinner becomes a living soul; he lives a life of holiness, being born of God: he lives, being delivered from the guilt of sin, by pardoning and justifying grace. Sinners roll themselves in the dust; sanctified souls sit in heavenly places, are raised above this world, by Christ's grace. The goodness of God in converting and saving sinners heretofore, encourages others in after-time, to hope in his grace and mercy. Our faith, our conversion, and our eternal salvation, are not of works, lest any man should boast. These things are not brought to pass by any thing done by us, therefore all boasting is shut out. All is the free gift of God, and the effect of being quickened by his power. It was his purpose, to which he prepared us, by blessing us with the knowledge of his will, and his Holy Spirit producing such a change in us, that we should glorify God by our good conversation, and perseverance in holiness. None can from Scripture abuse this doctrine, or accuse it of any tendency to evil. All who do so, are without excuse.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - Not of works, lest any man should boast. Exegetical of the last clause, "Not of yourselves; certainly not of your works." The suppression of boasting was a purpose of God in his scheme of salvation; not the chief or final purpose, any more than the manifestation of his grace in coming ages was his chief or final purpose in showing mercy to the Ephesians, but inseparable from the nature of his plan. The spirit of glorying is essentially unsuited to the relations between the creature and the Creator, between the Redeemer and the redeemed. It is the very opposite of the spirit, "Not unto us, O Lord" (Psalm 115:1) - the spirit that casts its crown before the throne, and that breathes in the songs of heaven, "Unto him that loved us ... be glory and dominion forever and ever" (Revelation 1:5, 6).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Not of works,.... Of any kind, moral or ceremonial, before or after conversion, done without faith or in it, nor of these in any sense; works are neither the moving causes, nor the procuring causes, nor the helping causes, nor "causa sine qua non", or conditions of salvation; the best works that are done by men, are not done of themselves, but by the grace of God, and therefore can never merit at his hand: and salvation is put upon such a foot,

lest any man should boast; of his works before God, and unto men; wherefore he has denied works any place in justification and salvation, in order to exclude all boasting in man; and has fixed it in a way of grace, and has chosen and called poor sinful worthless creatures to enjoy it, that whoever glories, may glory in the Lord.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. Not of works—This clause stands in contrast to "by grace," as is confirmed by Ro 4:4, 5; 11:6.

lest—rather, as Greek, "that no man should boast" (Ro 3:27; 4:2).

Ephesians 2:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Alive with Christ
8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Cross References
Romans 3:28
For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

1 Corinthians 1:29
so that no one may boast before him.

2 Timothy 1:9
He has saved us and called us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

Titus 3:5
he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
Treasury of Scripture

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Romans 3:20,27,28 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified …

Romans 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he has whereof to glory; …

Romans 9:11,16 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good …

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is …

1 Corinthians 1:29-31 That no flesh should glory in his presence…

2 Timothy 1:9 Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according …

Titus 3:3-5 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

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