Ephesians 4:23
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New International Version
to be made new in the attitude of your minds;

New Living Translation
Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.

English Standard Version
and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,

New American Standard Bible
and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

King James Bible
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds;

International Standard Version
to be renewed in your mental attitude,

NET Bible
to be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you should be made new in the spirit of your minds.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, you were taught to have a new attitude.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and be renewed in the spirit of your understanding

King James 2000 Bible
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

American King James Version
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

American Standard Version
and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind:

Darby Bible Translation
and being renewed in the spirit of your mind;

English Revised Version
and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Webster's Bible Translation
And be renewed in the Spirit of your mind;

Weymouth New Testament
and to get yourselves renewed in the temper of your minds and clothe yourselves

World English Bible
and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Young's Literal Translation
and to be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
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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 23. - And that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Between the first and second practical change, derived from being taught by Christ, the apostle inserts this counsel applicable to both. This renewal is the work of the Holy Spirit; how, then, can it be the subject of an exhortation to us? In this sense, that we are to prize, long for, encourage, watch, this work of the Holy Spirit, feeling it to be most vital and essential, not to be neglected without awful sin and danger. Usually the Holy Spirit works in us by stirring up our spirit to desire and endeavor after holiness; to resist these strivings of the Spirit, or even to be indifferent to them, is a deadly and most dangerous sin.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Or by the Spirit that is in your mind; that is, by the Holy Spirit; who is in the saints, and is the author of renovation in them; and who is the reviver and carrier on, and finisher of that work, and therefore that is called the renewing of the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5 or rather the mind of man, which is a spirit, of a spiritual nature, immaterial and immortal, and is the seat of that renewing work of the Spirit of God; which shows, that the more noble part of man stands in need of renovation, being corrupted by sin: and this renewing in it, designs not the first work of renovation; for these Ephesians had been renewed, and were made new creatures in Christ; but the gradual progress of it; and takes in, if not principally intends, a renewal, or an increase of spiritual light and knowledge, of life and strength, of joy and comfort, and fresh supplies of grace, and a revival of the exercise of grace; and in short, a renewal of spiritual youth, and a restoration of the saints to that state and condition they were in, in times past: and the exhortation to this can only mean, that it becomes saints to be concerned for such revivings and renewings, and to pray for them, as David did, Psalm 51:10 for otherwise, this is as much the work of the Spirit of God, as renovation is at first; and he only who is sent forth, and renews the face of the earth, year by year, can renew us daily in the Spirit of our minds.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23. be renewed—The Greek (ananeousthai) implies "the continued renewal in the youth of the new man." A different Greek word (anakainousthai) implies "renewal from the old state."

in the spirit of your mind—As there is no Greek for "in," which there is at Eph 4:17, "in the vanity of their mind," it is better to translate, "By the Spirit of your mind," that is, by your new spiritual nature; the restored and divinely informed leading principle of the mind. The "spirit" of man in New Testament is only then used in its proper sense, as worthy of its place and governing functions, when it is one spirit with the Lord. The natural, or animal man, is described as "not having the Spirit" (Jude 19) [Alford]. Spirit is not in this sense attributed to the unregenerate (1Th 5:23).

Ephesians 4:23 Additional Commentaries
Living as Children of Light
22that, 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, 23and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.…
Cross References
Romans 6:4
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Colossians 3:10
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Treasury of Scripture

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;


Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, …

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within …

Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; …

Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within …

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the …

Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after …

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to …


Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded …

1 Peter 1:13 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober…

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