Ephesians 4:22
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New International Version
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
throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.

English Standard Version
to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,

Berean Study Bible
You were taught to put off your former way of life, your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;

Berean Literal Bible
You are to have put off, concerning the former way of life, the old man, which is being corrupted according to its desires of deceit,

New American Standard Bible
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
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You took off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires;

International Standard Version
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
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,

New Heart English Bible
that you put away, as concerning your former way of life, the old man, that grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
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
You were taught to change the way you were living. The person you used to be will ruin you through desires that deceive you.

New American Standard 1977
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,

Jubilee Bible 2000
that ye put off everything concerning the old way of life, that is, the old man who corrupts himself according to deceitful desires,

King James 2000 Bible
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;

Douay-Rheims Bible
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,
Study Bible
New Life in Christ
21Surely you heard of Him and were taught in Him in keeping with the truth that is in Jesus. 22You were taught to put off your former way of life, your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be renewed in the spirit of your minds;…
Cross References
Jeremiah 17:9
"The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?

Romans 6:6
We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.

2 Corinthians 11:3
I am afraid, however, that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may be led astray from your simple and pure devotion to Christ.

Ephesians 4:17
So I tell you this, and testify to it in the Lord: You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.

Ephesians 4:25
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Ephesians 4:31
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, outcry and slander, along with every form of malice.

Colossians 3:8
But now you must put aside all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth.

Colossians 3:9
Do not lie to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its practices,

Hebrews 3:13
But exhort one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.
Treasury of Scripture

That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

ye.

Ephesians 4:25 Why putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: …

1 Samuel 1:14 And Eli said to her, How long will you be drunken? put away your wine from you.

Job 22:23 If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, you shall put …

Ezekiel 18:30-32 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according …

Colossians 2:11 In whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands…

Colossians 3:8,9 But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, …

Hebrews 12:1 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, …

James 1:21 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and …

1 Peter 2:1,2 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and …

former.

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

Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the …

Galatians 1:13 For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, …

Colossians 3:7 In the which you also walked some time, when you lived in them.

1 Peter 1:18 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible …

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

2 Peter 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

the old.

Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body …

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man …

deceitful.

Proverbs 11:18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness …

Jeremiah 49:16 Your terribleness has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, …

Obadiah 1:3 The pride of your heart has deceived you, you that dwell in the clefts …

Romans 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.

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

Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any …

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, …

2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count …

(22-24) These verses explain the substance of the teaching of Ephesians 4:21. The original may be interpreted either of the teaching of a fact, "that ye did put off . . . and are being renewed," &c., or of a duty, "that ye put off . . . and be renewed." The latter is, on the whole, the more probable, although the former would yield a simpler sense. It is to be noted that the words "put off" and "put on" in the original denote a distinct and complete act; the word "be renewed," a continuous and still incomplete process. The complete act is consummated, and the continuous process begun, by the practical "learning" of Christ--that is, by growth in spiritual communion with Him.

(22) Concerning the former conversation.--So far, that is, as concerns the conversation or mode of life described above (Ephesians 4:17-19) as the moral condition of heathenism. It is in relation to this, the corruption of the true humanity, and not in relation to the true humanity itself, that the "old man" is put off.

The phrase "the old man" (found also in Romans 6:6; Colossians 3:9) is here illustrated by the description following: which is being marred in virtue of the lusts of deceit. The word rendered "corrupt" expresses not so much pollution as disintegration and decay, much as in 2Corinthians 4:16; and so carries out the idea implied in the epithet "old." The unregenerate nature, subject to "the lusts of deceit"--the lusts, that is, of the spirit of delusion, blind themselves, and blinding the soul which yields to them--is gradually sinking into the spiritual decay which must become spiritual death, unless by the effort of faith, entering into the communion with Christ, it be, once for all, "put off." The various qualities of the nature thus stripped off are variously described: in Rom. 13:22, as the "works of darkness; in Hebrews 12:1, as simply "encumbrance;" in James 1:21, as "filthiness and excess of evil;" in 1Peter 2:1, as "malice, and craft, and hypocrisies, and envies." All these are the "lusts of deceit."

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. 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. 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.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.
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