Ephesians 5:16
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New International Version
making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

New Living Translation
Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.

English Standard Version
making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Berean Study Bible
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Berean Literal Bible
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

New American Standard Bible
making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

King James Bible
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
making the most of the time, because the days are evil.

International Standard Version
making the best use of your time because the times are evil.

NET Bible
taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who redeem their opportunities because the days are evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Make the most of your opportunities because these are evil days.

New American Standard 1977
making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

Jubilee Bible 2000
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

King James 2000 Bible
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

American King James Version
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

American Standard Version
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But as wise: redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Darby Bible Translation
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

English Revised Version
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Webster's Bible Translation
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Weymouth New Testament
Buy up your opportunities, for these are evil times.

World English Bible
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Young's Literal Translation
redeeming the time, because the days are evil;
Study Bible
Children of Light
15Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.…
Word Study

From ek and agorazo; to buy up, i.e. Ransom; figuratively, to rescue from loss.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Fitting season, season, opportunity, occasion, time. Of uncertain affinity; an occasion, i.e. Set or proper time.

Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

Evil, bad, wicked, malicious, slothful.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:15-21 Another remedy against sin, is care, or caution, it being impossible else to maintain purity of heart and life. Time is a talent given us by God, and it is misspent and lost when not employed according to his design. If we have lost our time heretofore, we must double our diligence for the future. Of that time which thousands on a dying bed would gladly redeem at the price of the whole world, how little do men think, and to what trifles they daily sacrifice it! People are very apt to complain of bad times; it were well if that stirred them more to redeem time. Be not unwise. Ignorance of our duty, and neglect of our souls, show the greatest folly. Drunkenness is a sin that never goes alone, but carries men into other evils; it is a sin very provoking to God. The drunkard holds out to his family and to the world the sad spectacle of a sinner hardened beyond what is common, and hastening to perdition. When afflicted or weary, let us not seek to raise our spirits by strong drink, which is hateful and hurtful, and only ends in making sorrows more felt. But by fervent prayer let us seek to be filled with the Spirit, and to avoid whatever may grieve our gracious Comforter. All God's people have reason to sing for joy. Though we are not always singing, we should be always giving thanks; we should never want disposition for this duty, as we never want matter for it, through the whole course of our lives. Always, even in trials and afflictions, and for all things; being satisfied of their loving intent, and good tendency. God keeps believers from sinning against him, and engages them to submit one to another in all he has commanded, to promote his glory, and to fulfil their duties to each other.
Cross References
Galatians 1:4
who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

Ephesians 6:13
Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand.

Colossians 4:5
Act wisely toward outsiders, redeeming the time.
Treasury of Scripture

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Redeeming.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there …

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out …

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially …

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

the days.

Ephesians 6:13,15 Why take to you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand …

Psalm 37:19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine …

Ecclesiastes 11:2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for you know not what …

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil …

Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

John 12:35 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. …

Acts 11:28,29 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the …

1 Corinthians 7:26,29-31 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I …

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