|New International Version (©2011)|
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
New Living Translation (©2007)
throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.
English Standard Version (©2001)
to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
You took off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires;
International Standard Version (©2012)
Regarding your former way of life, you were taught to strip off your old nature, which is being ruined by its deceptive desires,
NET Bible (©2006)
You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires,
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
But you should put aside from you your first way of life, that old man, which is corrupted by deceitful desires,
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
You were taught to change the way you were living. The person you used to be will ruin you through desires that deceive you.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
That you put off concerning the former way of life the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
American King James Version
That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
American Standard Version
that ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, that waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit;
To put off, according to former conversation, the old man, who is corrupted according to the desire of error.
Darby Bible Translation
namely your having put off according to the former conversation the old man which corrupts itself according to the deceitful lusts;
English Revised Version
that ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, which waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit;
Webster's Bible Translation
That ye put off concerning the former manner of life the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts:
Weymouth New Testament
to put away, in regard to your former mode of life, your original evil nature which is doomed to perish as befits its misleading impulses,
World English Bible
that you put away, as concerning your former way of life, the old man, that grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit;
Young's Literal Translation
ye are to put off concerning the former behaviour the old man, that is corrupt according to the desires of the deceit,
|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.
Verse 22. - That ye put off, as concerning the former conversation, the old man. The sum of Christ's practical lessons is given in two particulars - putting off and putting on. The change is very decided and very complete. It is emphatically personal; not a mere change of opinions or of religious observances, but of life, habit, character; not altering a few things, but first putting off the man as we put off a garment. "It is a change which brings the mind under the government of truth, and gives to the life a new aspect of integrity and devoutness." Which is rotting according to the lusts of deceit. The present participle, φθειρόμενον, indicates continuance or progress in corruption. Sin is a disintegrating dissolving thing, causing putridity, and in all cases, when unchecked, tending towards it. Deceit is personified; it is an agent of evil, sending out lusts which seem harmless but are really ruinous - their real character is concealed; they come as ministers of pleasure, they end as destructive tyrants. Lust of power, lust of money, lust of pleasure, have all this character; they are the offspring of deceit, and always to be shunned.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
That ye put off concerning the former conversation, the old man,.... Which is the corruption of nature; why this is called a man, and an old man; see Gill on Romans 6:6, the putting him off, is not a removing him from the saints, nor a destroying him in them, nor a changing his nature; for he remains, and remains alive, and is the same old man he ever was, in regenerate persons; but it is a putting him off from his seat, and a putting him down from his government; a showing no regard to his rule and dominion, to his laws and lusts, making no provision for his support; and particularly, not squaring the life and conversation according to his dictates and directions; and therefore it is called a putting him off, concerning the former conversation: the change lies not, in the old man, who can never be altered, but in the conversation; he is not in the same power, but he retains the same sinful nature; he is put off, but he is not put out; and though he does not reign, he rages, and often threatens to get the ascendant: these words stand either in connection with Ephesians 4:17 and so are a continuation and an explanation of that exhortation; or else they point out what regenerate souls are taught by Christ to do, to quit the former conversation, to hate the garment spotted with the flesh, and to put it off; for the allusion is to the putting off of filthy garments, as the works of the flesh may be truly called, which flow from the vitiosity of nature, the old man:
which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; the old man, or the vitiosity of nature, has its lusts; and these are deceitful; they promise pleasure and profit, but yield neither in the issue; they promise liberty, and bring into bondage; they promise secrecy and impunity, but expose to shame, and render liable to punishment; they sometimes put on a religious face, and so deceive, and fill men with pride and conceit, who think themselves to be something, when they are nothing: and through these the old man is corrupt; by these the corruption of nature is discovered; and the corruption that is in the world is produced hereby; and these make a man deserving of, and liable to the pit of corruption; and this is a good reason, why this corrupt old man, with respect to the life and conversation, should be put off.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
22. That ye—following "Ye have been taught" (Eph 4:21).
concerning the former conversation—"in respect to your former way of life."
the old man—your old unconverted nature (Ro 6:6).
is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts—rather, "which is being corrupted ('perisheth,' compare Ga 6:8, 'corruption,' that is, destruction) according to (that is, as might be expected from) the lusts of deceit." Deceit is personified; lusts are its servants and tools. In contrast to "the holiness of the truth," Eph 4:24, and "truth in Jesus," Eph 4:21; and answering to Gentile "vanity," Eph 4:17. Corruption and destruction are inseparably associated together. The man's old-nature-lusts are his own executioners, fitting him more and more for eternal corruption and death.
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