Ephesians 4:19
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New International Version
Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

New Living Translation
They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.

English Standard Version
They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.

New American Standard Bible
and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.

King James Bible
Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They became callous and gave themselves over to promiscuity for the practice of every kind of impurity with a desire for more and more.

International Standard Version
Since they have lost all sense of shame, they have abandoned themselves to sensuality and practice every kind of sexual perversion without restraint.

NET Bible
Because they are callous, they have given themselves over to indecency for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Those who have cut off their hope and handed themselves over to lewdness and to the cultivation of every impurity in their lust.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Since they no longer have any sense of shame, they have become promiscuous. They practice every kind of sexual perversion with a constant desire for more.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who, after losing all sense of feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness to work all uncleanness with greediness.

King James 2000 Bible
Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto licentiousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

American King James Version
Who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

American Standard Version
who being past feeling gave themselves up to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who despairing, have given themselves up to lasciviousness, unto the working of all uncleanness, unto the working of all uncleanness, unto covetousness.

Darby Bible Translation
who having cast off all feeling, have given themselves up to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greedy unsatisfied lust.

English Revised Version
who being past feeling gave themselves up to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

Weymouth New Testament
Such men being past feeling have abandoned themselves to impurity, greedily indulging in every kind of profligacy.

World English Bible
who having become callous gave themselves up to lust, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

Young's Literal Translation
who, having ceased to feel, themselves did give up to the lasciviousness, for the working of all uncleanness in greediness;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:17-24 The apostle charged the Ephesians in the name and by the authority of the Lord Jesus, that having professed the gospel, they should not be as the unconverted Gentiles, who walked in vain fancies and carnal affections. Do not men, on every side, walk in the vanity of their minds? Must not we then urge the distinction between real and nominal Christians? They were void of all saving knowledge; they sat in darkness, and loved it rather than light. They had a dislike and hatred to a life of holiness, which is not only the way of life God requires and approves, and by which we live to him, but which has some likeness to God himself in his purity, righteousness, truth, and goodness. The truth of Christ appears in its beauty and power, when it appears as in Jesus. The corrupt nature is called a man; like the human body, it is of divers parts, supporting and strengthening one another. Sinful desires are deceitful lusts; they promise men happiness, but render them more miserable; and bring them to destruction, if not subdued and mortified. These therefore must be put off, as an old garment, a filthy garment; they must be subdued and mortified. But it is not enough to shake off corrupt principles; we must have gracious ones. By the new man, is meant the new nature, the new creature, directed by a new principle, even regenerating grace, enabling a man to lead a new life of righteousness and holiness. This is created, or brought forth by God's almighty power.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - Who being past feeling. Without sense of shame, without conscience, without fear of God or regard for man, without any perception of the dignity of human nature, the glory of the Divine image, or the degradation of sin. Have given themselves over to lasciviousness to work all uncleanness (fourth point of difference). This is the climax - heathenism in its worst and fullest development, yet by no means rare. The sensuality of the heathen was and is something dreadful. Many of them gave themselves to it as a business, worked at it as at a trade or employment (see Uhlmann's 'Conflict of Christianity with Heathenism,' etc.). Details, such as even the walls of Pompeii furnish, are unfit for the public eye. With greediness, Πλεονεξία means the desire of having more, and has reference to the insatiable character of sensual sins. Sometimes it is translated (A.V.) "covetousness," as Ephesians 5:3.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Who being past feeling,.... Their consciences being cauterized or seared as with a red hot iron, which is the consequence of judicial hardness; so that they have lost all sense of sin, and do not feel the load of its guilt upon them, and are without any concern about it; but on the contrary commit it with pleasure, boast of it and glory in it, plead for it and defend it publicly, and openly declare it, and stand in no fear of a future judgment, which they ridicule and despise: the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions, and the Claromontane exemplar read, who "despairing": of mercy and salvation, saying there is no hope, and therefore grow hardened and desperate in sin;

have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness; by "lasciviousness" is meant all manner of lusts, and a wanton and unbridled course of sinning; and their giving themselves over unto it denotes their voluntariness in sinning, the power of sin over them, they being willing slaves unto it, and their continuance in it; and this they do in order

to work all uncleanness; to commit every unclean lust, to live in a continued commission of uncleanness of every sort; and that

with greediness; being like a covetous man, never satisfied with sinning, but always craving more sinful lusts and pleasures.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. past feeling—senseless, shameless, hopeless; the ultimate result of a long process of "hardening," or habit of sin (Eph 4:18). "Being past hope," or despairing, is the reading of the Vulgate; though not so well supported as English Version reading, "past feeling," which includes the absence of hope (Jer 2:25; 18:12).

given themselves over—In Ro 1:24 it is, "God gave them up to uncleanness." Their giving themselves to it was punished in kind, God giving them up to it by withdrawing His preventing grace; their sin thus was made their punishment. They gave themselves up of their own accord to the slavery of their lust, to do all its pleasure, as captives who have ceased to strive with the foe. God gave them up to it, but not against their will; for they give themselves up to it [Zanchius].

lasciviousness—"wantonness" [Alford]. So it is translated in Ro 13:13; 2Pe 2:18. It does not necessarily include lasciviousness; but it means intemperate, reckless readiness for it, and for every self-indulgence. "The first beginnings of unchastity" [Grotius]. "Lawless insolence, and wanton caprice" [Trench].

to work all uncleanness—The Greek implies, "with a deliberate view to the working (as if it were their work or business, not a mere accidental fall into sin) of uncleanness of every kind."

with greediness—Greek, "in greediness." Uncleanness and greediness of gain often go hand in hand (Eph 5:3, 5; Col 3:5); though "greediness" here includes all kinds of self-seeking.

Ephesians 4:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Living as Children of Light
18being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 19and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20But you did not learn Christ in this way,…
Cross References
Mark 7:22
adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.

Romans 1:24
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.

Colossians 3:5
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

1 Timothy 4:2
Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
Treasury of Scripture

Who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

past.

1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

given.

Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now …

Romans 1:24-26 Why God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their …

1 Peter 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will …

with.

Job 15:16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinks iniquity like water?

Isaiah 56:11 Yes, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are …

2 Peter 2:12-14,22 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, …

Jude 1:11 Woe to them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily …

Revelation 17:1-6 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, …

Revelation 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, …

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