Ephesians 5:11
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New International Version
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

New Living Translation
Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.

English Standard Version
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

New American Standard Bible
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;

King James Bible
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead expose them.

International Standard Version
and have nothing to do with the unfruitful actions that darkness produces. Instead, expose them for what they are.

NET Bible
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither should you fellowship with the Servants of darkness, because they have no fruit in them, but you should rebuke them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Have nothing to do with the useless works that darkness produces. Instead, expose them for what they are.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

King James 2000 Bible
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

American King James Version
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

American Standard Version
and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Darby Bible Translation
and do not have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather also reprove [them],

English Revised Version
and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them;

Webster's Bible Translation
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Weymouth New Testament
Have nothing to do with the barren unprofitable deeds of darkness, but, instead of that, set your faces against them;

World English Bible
Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them.

Young's Literal Translation
and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of the darkness and rather even convict,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:3-14 Filthy lusts must be rooted out. These sins must be dreaded and detested. Here are not only cautions against gross acts of sin, but against what some may make light of. But these things are so far from being profitable. that they pollute and poison the hearers. Our cheerfulness should show itself as becomes Christians, in what may tend to God's glory. A covetous man makes a god of his money; places that hope, confidence, and delight, in worldly good, which should be in God only. Those who allow themselves, either in the lusts of the flesh or the love of the world, belong not to the kingdom of grace, nor shall they come to the kingdom of glory. When the vilest transgressors repent and believe the gospel, they become children of obedience, from whom God's wrath is turned away. Dare we make light of that which brings down the wrath of God? Sinners, like men in the dark, are going they know not whither, and doing they know not what. But the grace of God wrought a mighty change in the souls of many. Walk as children of light, as having knowledge and holiness. These works of darkness are unfruitful, whatever profit they may boast; for they end in the destruction of the impenitent sinner. There are many ways of abetting, or taking part in the sins of others; by commendation, counsel, consent, or concealment. And if we share with others in their sins, we must expect to share in their plagues. If we do not reprove the sins of others, we have fellowship with them. A good man will be ashamed to speak of what many wicked men are not ashamed to do. We must have not only a sight and a knowledge that sin is sin, and in some measure shameful, but see it as a breach of God's holy law. After the example of prophets and apostles, we should call on those asleep and dead in sin, to awake and arise, that Christ may give them light.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. The point of this exhortation is in the adjective "unfruitful." The works of darkness are unfruitful; they produce no goodness, give rise to no satisfaction, to no moral results that are "a joy forever;" or, if fruit they have, it is shame, remorse, despair. Contrast this with the renovating, satisfying, joy-producing, fruits of righteousness. But rather even reprove them. Do not be content with a passive attitude towards them, but take the aggressive and expose their wickedness, whether in public or in the domestic circle. A testimony has to be lifted up against ways that are so shameful and that bring down the wrath of God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,.... It is not said with the workers of darkness, or with the men of the world, who are in darkness, and are darkness itself; to have fellowship with them in a civil way, or to dwell among them, is not prohibited; it is allowed of, and countenanced by the greatest examples; and especially it is lawful and right, when there is any prospect of doing good to the souls of men; and even when natural right, relation, and necessity require it; and indeed, the contrary is impracticable: conversation with them in things sinful and superstitious should be abstained from; and when it tends to draw off the soul from Christ and his interest, and is infectious; and when weak ones are offended, and sinners are hereby hardened and confirmed in sin; and the name of God is blasphemed, and the Gospel is evil spoken of: but fellowship is not to be maintained "with the works of darkness"; which are sins, so called, because they are opposite to light; to the light of nature, to the light of the divine word, both law and Gospel, to the light of grace, to God the fountain of light, and to Christ the light of the world; and because the source and spring of them are the original darkness of the mind, and Satan the prince of darkness; and because they are generally committed in the dark; and because the effect and consequence of them is utter darkness, and blackness of darkness: and these are "unfruitful"; they are of no profit and advantage, they bring forth no fruit, unless it be guilt, fear, shame, corruption, and death; wherefore no fellowship should be had with them, by committing the same, by assisting in them, by consenting to them, by approving of them, by receiving any worldly advantage from them, and by winking and conniving at them: it is contrary to the character of saints to have fellowship with such, as the apostle says, 2 Corinthians 6:14, where he gives the mystical explanation of the law, in Deuteronomy 22:10; agreeably to which, and to the passage here, is the sense of a Jewish commentators (l) who upon it observes, that that law

"intimates that a righteous man, , "should have no fellowship" with a wicked man;''

this is to be unequally yoked, signified by the ox and the ass ploughing together:

but rather reprove them; both by words and by deeds, by an agreeable life and conversation, which last seems to be the design of the apostle here; because it is not a brother, but such who are in darkness, and live in works of darkness; yea, not sinners, but sins are to be reproved, which can be done no other way; nor are all saints proper to reprove verbally, nor are they qualified for it; but all should, and may by facts; and the light discovers darkness, by its own splendour; and this appears from the apostle's reasoning in the next words.

(l) Baal Hatturira in Deuteronomy 22.10.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. unfruitful works of darkness—Sins are terminated in themselves, and therefore are called "works," not "fruits" (Ga 5:19, 22). Their only fruit is that which is not in a true sense fruit (De 32:32), namely, "death" (Ro 6:21; Ga 6:8). Plants cannot bear "fruit" in the absence of light. Sin is "darkness," and its parent is the prince of darkness (Eph 6:12). Graces, on the other hand, as flourishing in "the light," are reproductive, and abound in fruits; which, as harmoniously combining in one whole, are termed (in the singular) "the FRUIT of the Spirit" (Eph 5:9).

rather, &c.—Translate as Greek, "rather even reprove them" (compare Mt 5:14-16). Not only "have no fellowship, but even reprove them," namely, in words, and in your deeds, which, shining with "the light," virtually reprove all that is contrary to light (Eph 5:13; Joh 3:19-21). "Have no fellowship," does not imply that we can avoid all intercourse (1Co 5:10), but "avoid such fellowship as will defile yourselves"; just as light, though it touch filth, is not soiled by it; nay, as light detects it, so, "even reprove sin."

Ephesians 5:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Children of Light
10trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.…
Cross References
Proverbs 1:10
My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.

Proverbs 28:4
Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.

John 3:20
Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

Acts 26:18
to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'

Romans 13:12
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

1 Corinthians 5:9
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people--

2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

Ephesians 5:12
It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.

Colossians 1:12
and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

1 Timothy 5:20
But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning.

1 Timothy 5:22
Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

2 John 1:11
Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.
Treasury of Scripture

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

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Ephesians 5:7 Be not you therefore partakers with them.

Genesis 49:5-7 Simeon and Levi are brothers; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations…

Psalm 1:1,2 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, …

Psalm 26:4,5 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers…

Psalm 94:20,21 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with you, which frames …

Proverbs 4:14,15 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men…

Proverbs 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Jeremiah 15:17 I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone …

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brothers, mark them which cause divisions and …

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 I wrote to you in an letter not to company with fornicators…

1 Corinthians 10:20,21 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice …

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship …

2 Thessalonians 3:6,14 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…

1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the …

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2 John 1:10,11 If there come any to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him …

Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my …

unfruitful.

Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled …

Isaiah 3:10,11 Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they …

Romans 6:21 What fruit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? …

Galatians 6:8 For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption…

works.

Ephesians 4:22 That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, …

Job 24:13-17 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the …

John 3:19-21 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

Romans 1:22-32 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools…

Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast …

1 Thessalonians 5:7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken …

but.

Genesis 20:16 And to Sarah he said, Behold, I have given your brother a thousand …

Leviticus 19:17 You shall not hate your brother in your heart: you shall in any wise …

Psalm 141:5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove …

Proverbs 9:7,8 He that reproves a scorner gets to himself shame: and he that rebukes …

Proverbs 13:18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuses instruction: but he …

Proverbs 15:12 A scorner loves not one that reproves him: neither will he go to the wise.

Proverbs 19:25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that …

Proverbs 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise …

Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be …

Isaiah 29:21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that …

Matthew 18:15 Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell …

Luke 3:19 But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother …

1 Timothy 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, …

Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let …

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