Ephesians 4:29
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New International Version
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

New Living Translation
Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

English Standard Version
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

New American Standard Bible
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

King James Bible
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear.

International Standard Version
Let no filthy talk be heard from your mouths, but only what is good for building up people and meeting the need of the moment. This way you will administer grace to those who hear you.

NET Bible
You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let not any hateful words come out of your mouth, but whatever is good and useful for improvement that you may give grace to those who hear,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't say anything that would hurt [another person]. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good for edification, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

King James 2000 Bible
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

American King James Version
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.

American Standard Version
Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let no evil speech proceed from your mouth; but that which is good, to the edification of faith, that it may administer grace to the hearers.

Darby Bible Translation
Let no corrupt word go out of your mouth, but if [there be] any good one for needful edification, that it may give grace to those that hear [it].

English Revised Version
Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.

Weymouth New Testament
Let no unwholesome words ever pass your lips, but let all your words be good for benefiting others according to the need of the moment, so that they may be a means of blessing to the hearers.

World English Bible
Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for building up as the need may be, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Young's Literal Translation
Let no corrupt word out of your mouth go forth, but what is good unto the needful building up, that it may give grace to the hearers;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:29-32 Filthy words proceed from corruption in the speaker, and they corrupt the minds and manners of those who hear them: Christians should beware of all such discourse. It is the duty of Christians to seek, by the blessing of God, to bring persons to think seriously, and to encourage and warn believers by their conversation. Be ye kind one to another. This sets forth the principle of love in the heart, and the outward expression of it, in a humble, courteous behaviour. Mark how God's forgiveness causes us to forgive. God forgives us, though we had no cause to sin against him. We must forgive, as he has forgiven us. All lying, and corrupt communications, that stir up evil desires and lusts, grieve the Spirit of God. Corrupt passions of bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil-speaking, and malice, grieve the Holy Spirit. Provoke not the holy, blessed Spirit of God to withdraw his presence and his gracious influences. The body will be redeemed from the power of the grave at the resurrection day. Wherever that blessed Spirit dwells as a Sanctifier, he is the earnest of all the joys and glories of that redemption day; and we should be undone, should God take away his Holy Spirit from us.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 29. - Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth. Not pagans only, but some of whom better things might be expected, need this charge. How revolting is the tendency in some circles to foul and blasphemous conversation; to profane and obscene jests, songs, and allusions: to feed as it were on moral garbage! From Christian mouths no such word should ever issue - it is simply abominable. But that which is good for improvement of the occasion, that it may give grace to them that hear. Speaking should ever bear on improvement or edification, especially on turning passing things to good account. This should be the aim; it does not require speaking to be uniformly grave, but to have an object. It may be quite right to have an enlivening object, but among Christians it should always be such as befits their profession, and tends to help on the exalted objects at which they aim.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,.... As unsavoury speech, foolish talking, light and frothy language, that which is filthy, unprofitable, noxious, and nauseous, and all that is sinful; such as profane oaths, curses, and imprecations, unchaste words, angry ones, proud, haughty, and arrogant expressions, lies, perjury, &c. which may be called corrupt, because such communication springs from a corrupt heart; is an evidence of the corruption of it; the subject matter of it is corrupt; and it conveys corruption to others, it corrupts good manners; and is the cause of men's going down to the pit of corruption: wherefore a restraint should be laid upon the lips of men; men have not a right to say what they please; good men will be cautious what they say, otherwise their religion is in vain; and conscious of their own weakness, they will pray to God to set a watch before their mouth, and to keep the door of their lips, and not suffer anything to come out,

but that which is good for the use of edifying: or "for edification", as the Syriac version renders it; the Arabic version reads, "for the edification of all"; that is, that hear; and the Vulgate Latin version and Claromontane exemplar, "for the edification of faith": for the building up of saints on their most holy faith, and for the encouragement and increase of the grace of faith: in the Greek text it is literally, "for the edification of use"; for useful edification, or what is useful for edification; and is suited to the present want or opportunity, as the word is by some rendered: and that must be "good", which answers such an end; meaning not that the language should be formally and grammatically good, though to speak with propriety is useful and serviceable, and tends the more to instruction and edification; but that which is materially good, or the subject of it is good; that which is true, pure, pleasant, and profitable:

that it may minister grace unto the hearers; may be grateful and acceptable to them, or may minister the grace of God to them; that is, the doctrine of grace, the Gospel of the grace of God; and be a means of conveying the principle of grace into the hearts of the hearers, and of drawing it forth into exercise where it is; and such speech or communication which springs from a gracious heart, and from a principle of grace in the heart, and is upon the subject of the grace of God, is most likely to be thus useful and edifying: agreeably to all this are some sayings of the Jews (h),

"says R. Joshua ben Levi, for ever let not a man suffer any thing "that is filthy", or unseemly, to proceed out of his mouth; says R. Ishmael, for ever let a man discourse , "in a pure language";''

not corrupt.

(h) T. Bab. Pesachim, fol. 3. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. corrupt—literally, "insipid," without "the salt of grace" (Col 4:6), so worthless and then becoming corrupt: included in "foolish talking" (Eph 5:4). Its opposite is "that which is good to edifying."

communication—language.

that which, &c.—Greek, "whatever is good."

use of edifying—literally, "for edifying of the need," that is, for edifying where it is needed. Seasonably edifying; according as the occasion and present needs of the hearers require, now censure, at another time consolation. Even words good in themselves must be introduced seasonably lest by our fault they prove injurious instead of useful. Trench explains, Not vague generalities, which would suit a thousand other cases equally well, and probably equally ill: our words should be as nails fastened in a sure place, words suiting the present time and the present person, being "for the edifying of the occasion" (Col 4:6).

minister—Greek, "give." The word spoken "gives grace to the hearers" when God uses it as His instrument for that purpose.

Ephesians 4:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Living as Children of Light
28He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. 29Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 10:12
Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.

Matthew 12:34
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Romans 14:19
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Romans 15:2
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.

Ephesians 5:4
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

Colossians 3:8
But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

Colossians 4:6
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Treasury of Scripture

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.

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Ephesians 5:3,4 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not …

Psalm 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is …

Psalm 52:2 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Psalm 73:7-9 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish…

Matthew 12:34-37 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? …

Romans 3:13,14 Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used …

1 Corinthians 15:32,33 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, …

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

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you …

James 3:2-8 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, …

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

Jude 1:13-16 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, …

Revelation 13:5,6 And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; …

that which.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart…

Psalm 37:30,31 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment…

Psalm 45:2 You are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into your …

Psalm 71:17,18,24 O God, you have taught me from my youth: and till now have I declared …

Psalm 78:4,5 We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation …

Proverbs 10:31,32 The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom: but the fraudulent tongue …

Proverbs 12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just …

Proverbs 15:2-4,7,23 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools …

Proverbs 16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the …

Proverbs 25:11,12 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver…

Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should …

Malachi 3:16-18 Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the …

Luke 4:22 And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which …

1 Corinthians 14:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, …

Colossians 3:16,17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching …

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you …

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do.

to the use of edifying. or, to edify profitably. See on ver.

Ephesians 4:12,16 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for …

minister.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, …

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas …

1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, …

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