Ephesians 4:32
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

New Living Translation
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

English Standard Version
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

New American Standard Bible
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

King James Bible
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.

International Standard Version
And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another just as God has forgiven you in the Messiah.

NET Bible
Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And be sweet one toward another and affectionate, and be forgiving one another, just as God in The Messiah has forgiven us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be kind to each other, sympathetic, forgiving each other as God has forgiven you through Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God has forgiven you in Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.

American King James Version
And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.

American Standard Version
and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And be ye kind one to another; merciful, forgiving one another, even as God hath forgiven you in Christ.

Darby Bible Translation
and be to one another kind, compassionate, forgiving one another, so as God also in Christ has forgiven you.

English Revised Version
and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you.

Webster's Bible Translation
And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Weymouth New Testament
On the contrary learn to be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ has also forgiven you.

World English Bible
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God also in Christ forgave you.

Young's Literal Translation
and become one to another kind, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, according as also God in Christ did forgive you.
Parallel Commentaries
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 32. - But be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another (opposed to bitterness, wrath, anger; Bengel). Kind (χρηστοί), sweet, amiable in disposition, subduing all that is harsh and hasty, encouraging all that is gentle and good; tender-hearted (εὔσπλαγχνοι), denoting a specially compassionate feeling, such as may arise from the thought of the infirmities, griefs, and miseries to which more or less all are subject; these emotional conditions to bear the practical fruit of forgiveness, and the forgiveness to be mutual (χαριζόμενοι ἑαυτοῖς), as if under the feeling that what you give today you require to ask tomorrow, net being too hard on the faults of others, remembering that you have your own. Even as God in Christ also forgave you. The A.V. rendering, "for Christ's sake," is objectionable every way: it is not literal; it omits the characteristic feature of the Epistle, "in Christ," losing the force of the consideration that the forgiveness was dispensed by the Father, acting with or wholly one with the Son; and it gives a shade of countenance to the great error that the Father personally was not disposed to forgive till he was prevailed on to do so by the interposition of the Son. The aorist, "forgave," is more literal and better than the perfect, "hath forgiven;" it points to a definite time when forgiveness was bestowed, viz. the moment of real belief in Christ, and hearty acceptance of his grace. The vague atmosphere in which many envelop the question of their forgiveness is very hurtful; it checks their thanksgivings, dulls their joy, quenches hope, and dilutes the great dynamic power of the gospel - the power that impels us to forgive our brother, as well as to abound in the work of the Lord with a tender conscience, the sense of forgiveness urges to the most full and hearty doing of God's will; but when hypocrites, with seared consciences claim to be forgiven, they steal what is not their own, and become more abandoned to wickedness.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And be ye kind one to another,.... Good, affable, courteous; which appears in looks, words, and actions; by looking pleasantly on each other, speaking kindly to one another, and mutually doing every good office that lies in their way, and in their power:

tender hearted: which is opposed to a being hard hearted to them that are in distress, and close at hand to the needy; to cruelty and severity to such who are subject to them, or have injured them; and to a rigid and censorious spirit to them that are fallen:

forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you; whatever offences are given, or injuries done by the saints one to another, and so far as they are committed against them, they should forgive, and should pray to God for one another, that he would manifest his forgiveness of them, as committed against him; and this should be done in like manner as God forgives in Christ, and for his sake; that is, fully and freely, and from their hearts; and so as to forget the offences, and not to upbraid them with them hereafter; yea, they should forgive them before they repent, and without asking for it, and that for Christ's sake, and because they are members of his: the Complutensian edition reads, "even as Christ hath forgiven us": the Arabic version also reads us, and so some copies: the words may be rendered, "giving freely to one another, even as God in Christ has given freely to you"; saints should give freely to one another, for outward support, where it is needful; and should impart spiritual gifts and experience for inward comfort, where it is wanted, and as they have ability; and that from this consideration, that all they have, whether in temporals or spirituals, is freely given by God in Christ, and for his sake; with whom he freely gives them all things; in whom he has given them grace, and blessed them with all spiritual blessings; as peace, pardon, righteousness, and eternal life.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

32. (Lu 7:42; Col 3:12).

even as—God hath shown Himself "kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving to you"; it is but just that you in turn shall be so to your fellow men, who have not erred against you in the degree that you have erred against God (Mt 18:33).

God for Christ's sake—rather as Greek, "God in Christ" (2Co 5:19). It is in Christ that God vouchsafes forgiveness to us. It cost God the death of His Son, as man, to forgive us. It costs us nothing to forgive our fellow man.

hath forgiven—rather as Greek, "forgave you." God has, once for all, forgiven sin in Christ, as a past historical fact.

Ephesians 4:32 Additional Commentaries
Context
Living as Children of Light
31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Cross References
2 Samuel 7:21
For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.

Proverbs 19:11
A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.

Matthew 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Matthew 18:33
Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?'

1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

2 Corinthians 2:7
Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

2 Corinthians 2:10
Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven--if there was anything to forgive--I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake,

Ephesians 5:1
Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
Treasury of Scripture

And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.

kind.

Ruth 2:20 And Naomi said to her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, …

Psalm 112:4,5,9 To the upright there rises light in the darkness: he is gracious, …

Proverbs 19:22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful …

Luke 6:35 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing …

Acts 28:2 And the barbarous people showed us no little kindness: for they kindled …

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor …

1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs …

2 Corinthians 2:10 To whom you forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any …

2 Corinthians 6:6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the …

Colossians 3:12,13 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

2 Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

tender-hearted.

Psalm 145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man regards the life of his beast: but the tender mercies …

Luke 1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on …

James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. You have heard of the patience …

forgiving.

Ephesians 5:1 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Genesis 50:17,18 So shall you say to Joseph, Forgive, I pray you now, the trespass …

Matthew 6:12,14,15 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…

Matthew 18:21-35 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother …

Mark 11:25,26 And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any…

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall …

Luke 11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted …

Luke 17:4 And if he trespass against you seven times in a day, and seven times …

Romans 12:20,21 Therefore if your enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him …

2 Corinthians 2:7,10 So that contrariwise you ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him…

Colossians 3:12,13 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

1 Peter 3:8,9 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, …

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our …

1 John 2:12 I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you …

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