Ephesians 4:26
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New International Version
"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

New Living Translation
And "don't sin by letting anger control you." Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry,

English Standard Version
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

New American Standard Bible
BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

King James Bible
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be angry and do not sin. Don't let the sun go down on your anger,

International Standard Version
"Be angry, yet do not sin." Do not let the sun set while you are still angry,

NET Bible
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be angry and do not sin, and do not let the sun set on your anger.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be angry without sinning. Don't go to bed angry.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Be ye angry and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath,

King James 2000 Bible
Be angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

American King James Version
Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath:

American Standard Version
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be angry, and sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger.

Darby Bible Translation
Be angry, and do not sin; let not the sun set upon your wrath,

English Revised Version
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

Webster's Bible Translation
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

Weymouth New Testament
If angry, beware of sinning. Let not your irritation last until the sun goes down;

World English Bible
"Be angry, and don't sin." Don't let the sun go down on your wrath,

Young's Literal Translation
be angry and do not sin; let not the sun go down upon your wrath,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:25-28 Notice the particulars wherewith we should adorn our Christian profession. Take heed of every thing contrary to truth. No longer flatter or deceive others. God's people are children who will not lie, who dare not lie, who hate and abhor lying. Take heed of anger and ungoverned passions. If there is just occasion to express displeasure at what is wrong, and to reprove, see that it be without sin. We give place to the devil, when the first motions of sin are not grievous to our souls; when we consent to them; and when we repeat an evil deed. This teaches that as sin, if yielded unto, lets in the devil upon us, we are to resist it, keeping from all appearance of evil. Idleness makes thieves. Those who will not work, expose themselves to temptations to steal. Men ought to be industrious, that they may do some good, and that they may be kept from temptation. They must labour, not only that they may live honestly, but that they may have to give to the wants of others. What then must we think of those called Christians, who grow rich by fraud, oppression, and deceitful practices! Alms, to be accepted of God, must not be gained by unrighteousness and robbery, but by honesty and industry. God hates robbery for burnt-offerings.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 26. - Be ye angry, and sin not. Quotation from the Septuagint version of Psalm 4:5. Anger, the feeling and expression of displeasure, is not wholly forbidden, but is guarded by two checks. Our Lord did not make anger a breach of the sixth commandment, but being angry with a brother without cause. The first check is to beware of sinning; to keep your anger clear of bitterness, spite, malevolence, and all such evil feelings. The second is, Let not the sun go down on your irritation; examine yourself in the evening, and see that you are tranquil. Eadie quotes Thomas Fuller: "St. Paul saith, 'Let not the sun go down upon your wrath,' to carry news to the antipodes in another world of thy revengeful nature. Yet let us take the apostle's meaning rather than his words - with all possible speed to depose our passion; not understanding him so literally that we may take leave to be angry till sunset; then might our wrath lengthen with the days, and men in Greenland, where day lasts above a quarter of a year, have plentiful scope of revenge. And as the English, by command of William the Conqueror, always raked up their fire, and put out their candles when the curfew bell was rung, let us then also quench all sparks of anger and heat of passion." It is especially becoming in men, when about to sleep the sleep of death, to see that they are in peace and charity with all men; it were seemly always to fall asleep in the same temper.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Be ye angry, and sin not,.... There is anger which is not sinful; for anger is fouled in God himself, in Jesus Christ, in the holy angels, and in God's people; and a man may be said to be angry and not sin, when his anger arises from a true zeal for God and religion; when it is kindled not against persons, but sins; when a man is displeased with his own sins, and with the sins of others: with vice and immorality of every kind; with idolatry and idolatrous worship, and with all false doctrine; and also when it is carried on to answer good ends, as the good of those with whom we are angry, the glory of God, and the promoting of the interest of Christ: and there is an anger which is sinful; as when it is without a cause; when it exceeds due bounds; when it is not directed to a good end; when it is productive of bad effects, either in words or actions; and when it is soon raised, or long continues: the Jews have a like distinction of anger; they say (e),

"there is an anger and an anger; there is an anger which is blessed above and below, and it is called blessed, as it is said Genesis 14:19 and there is an anger which is cursed above and below, as it is said Genesis 3:14''

And these two sorts are compared to "Ebal" and "Gerizzim", from the one of which proceeded blessing, and from the other cursing: anger for the most part is not only sinful, but it tends to sin, and issues in it; hence that saying of the Jews, , "be not angry, and thou wilt not sin" (f): the spring of it is a corrupt heart, it is stirred up by Satan, encouraged by pride, and increased by grievous words and reproachful language:

let not the sun go down upon your wrath; there is an allusion to Deuteronomy 24:10 it seems to be a proverbial expression; and the design of it is to show, that anger should not be continued; that it should not last at furthest more than a day; that when the heat of the day is over, the heat of anger should be over likewise; and that we should not sleep with it, lest it should be cherished and increased upon our pillows; and besides, the time of the going down of the sun, is the time of evening prayer, which may be greatly interrupted and hindered by anger. R. Jonah (g) has an expression or two like to this;

"let not the indignation of anyone abide upon thee; and let not a night sleep with thee, and anger be against any one:''

it should be considered, that as God is slow to anger, so he does not retain it for ever; and that to retain anger, is to gratify the devil; wherefore it follows,

(e) Zohar in Gen. fol. 104. 1.((f) T. Bab. Beracot fol. 80. 3.((g) Apud Capell. in Matt. v. 23.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26. Be ye angry, and sin not—So the Septuagint, Ps 4:4. Should circumstances arise to call for anger on your part, let it be as Christ's "anger" (Mr 3:5), without sin. Our natural feelings are not wrong when directed to their legitimate object, and when not exceeding due bounds. As in the future literal, so in the present spiritual, resurrection, no essential constituent is annihilated, but all that is a perversion of the original design is removed. Thus indignation at dishonor done to God, and wrong to man, is justifiable anger. Passion is sinful (derived from "passio," suffering: implying that amidst seeming energy, a man is really passive, the slave of his anger, instead of ruling it).

let not the sun go down upon your wrath—"wrath" is absolutely forbidden; "anger" not so, though, like poison sometimes used as medicine, it is to be used with extreme caution. The sense is not, Your anger shall not be imputed to you if you put it away before nightfall; but "let no wrath (that is, as the Greek, personal 'irritation' or 'exasperation') mingle with your 'anger,' even though, the latter be righteous, [Trench, Greek Synonyms of the New Testament]. "Put it away before sunset" (when the Jewish day began), is proverbial for put it away at once before another day begin (De 24:15); also before you part with your brother for the night, perhaps never in this world to meet again. So Jona, "Let not night and anger against anyone sleep with you, but go and conciliate the other party, though he have been the first to commit the offense." Let not your "anger" at another's wickedness verge into hatred, or contempt, or revenge [Vatablus].

Ephesians 4:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
Living as Children of Light
25Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another. 26BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and do not give the devil an opportunity.…
Cross References
Psalm 4:4
Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.

James 1:20
because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
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Exodus 11:8 And all these your servants shall come down to me, and bow down themselves …

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Psalm 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not yourself in any wise to do evil.

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Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is …

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Proverbs 25:23 The north wind drives away rain: so does an angry countenance a backbiting …

Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

Matthew 5:22 But I say to you, That whoever is angry with his brother without …

Mark 3:5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved …

Mark 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said to them, …

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James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

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