Ephesians 4:27
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New International Version
and do not give the devil a foothold.

New Living Translation
for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

English Standard Version
and give no opportunity to the devil.

Berean Study Bible
and do not give the devil a foothold.

Berean Literal Bible
neither give opportunity to the devil.

New American Standard Bible
and do not give the devil an opportunity.

King James Bible
Neither give place to the devil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and don't give the Devil an opportunity.

International Standard Version
and do not give the devil an opportunity to work.

NET Bible
Do not give the devil an opportunity.

New Heart English Bible
neither give place to the devil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither should you give place to The Slanderer.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't give the devil any opportunity [to work].

New American Standard 1977
and do not give the devil an opportunity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
neither give place to the devil.

King James 2000 Bible
Neither give place to the devil.

American King James Version
Neither give place to the devil.

American Standard Version
neither give place to the devil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Give not place to the devil.

Darby Bible Translation
neither give room for the devil.

English Revised Version
neither give place to the devil.

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither give place to the devil.

Weymouth New Testament
and do not leave room for the Devil.

World English Bible
neither give place to the devil.

Young's Literal Translation
neither give place to the devil;
Study Bible
New Life in Christ
26“Be angry, yet do not sin.” Do not let the sun set upon your anger, 27and do not give the devil a foothold. 28He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing good with his own hands, that he may have something to share with the one in need.…
Cross References
Romans 12:19
Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for God's wrath. For it is written: "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord."

James 4:7
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Treasury of Scripture

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(27) Neither give place (i.e., scope) to the devil.--The name "Devil" is used by St. Paul only in his later Epistles (see Ephesians 6:11; 1Timothy 3:6-7; 1Timothy 6:9; 2Timothy 2:26; Titus 2:3); in the earlier Epistles (Romans 16:20; 1Corinthians 5:5; 1Corinthians 7:5; 2Corinthians 2:11; 2Corinthians 11:14, 2Co_12:7; 1Thessalonians 2:18; 2Thessalonians 2:9) we have the name "Satan," which is also found, less frequently, in the later also (1Timothy 1:20; 1Timothy 5:15). The latter name simply describes him as "the enemy "; the former describes one method of his enmity (as "the Tempter" another), for it signifies "one who sets at variance," man with God, and man with man. Since this fiendish work is mostly contemplated as wrought by slander, the name is commonly taken to mean "the slanderer;" and when applied to human beings (as in 1Timothy 3:11; 2Timothy 3:3; Titus 2:3) it seems to convey some such meaning. But here the original sense suits the distinctive idea of the passage. In accordance with the general principle noted above, excess of wrath is forbidden, as giving opportunity to the enemy, who desires to break up unity, and "set at variance" those who should be one in Jesus Christ.

Verse 27. - Neither give place to the devil. Place or room, opportunity and scope for acting in and through you. There seems no special reference to the last exhortation, but as that demands a special act of vigilance and self-control, so the activity of the devil demands vigilance and self-control on all occasions, and especially on those on which the devil is most apt to try to get a foothold. The reference to the devil is not a figure, but an obvious recognition of his personality, and of the liability of all Christians to fall under his influence. Neither give place to the devil. Or "to the accuser", or "slanderer"; that is, to any adversary, that takes delight in slandering and reproaching the saints; give such no room, nor reason, to calumniate the doctrine and ways of Christ, through an unbecoming conversation, by lying and sinful anger, or by other means; or rather the devil, the great accuser of the brethren is meant; and the Ethiopic version renders it, "do not give way to Satan"; which is done, when men indulge any lust or corruption; and when they easily fall in with his suggestions and temptations; when they are off of their watch and guard; and when they do not resist, but quietly yield unto him. 27. Neither give place—that is, occasion, or scope, to the devil, by continuing in "wrath." The keeping of anger through the darkness of night, is giving place to the devil, the prince of darkness (Eph 6:12).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.
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