Ephesians 5:17
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New International Version
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

New Living Translation
Don't act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

English Standard Version
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

Berean Literal Bible
Because of this, do not be foolish, but understand what is the Lord's will,

New American Standard Bible
So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

King James Bible
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So don't be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

International Standard Version
Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

NET Bible
For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise by understanding what the Lord's will is.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore do not be stupid, but understanding what the will of God is.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So don't be foolish, but understand what the Lord wants.

New American Standard 1977
So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, be ye not unwise, but understanding of what the will of the Lord is.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore be not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

American King James Version
Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

American Standard Version
Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore become not unwise, but understanding what is the will of God.

Darby Bible Translation
For this reason be not foolish, but understanding what [is] the will of the Lord.

English Revised Version
Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Weymouth New Testament
On this account do not prove yourselves wanting in sense, but try to understand what the Lord's will is.

World English Bible
Therefore don't be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Young's Literal Translation
because of this become not fools, but -- understanding what is the will of the Lord,
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.
Study Bible
Children of Light
16redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.…
Cross References
Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Colossians 1:9
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

1 Thessalonians 4:3
For it is God's will that you should be holy: You must abstain from sexual immorality;
Treasury of Scripture

Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

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Ephesians 5:15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

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

understanding.

Deuteronomy 4:6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding …

1 Kings 3:9-12 Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your …

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; …

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding …

Psalm 119:27 Make me to understand the way of your precepts: so shall I talk of …

Proverbs 2:5 Then shall you understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly …

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are silly …

John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether …

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the …

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease …

1 Thessalonians 4:1-3 Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus…

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ …

1 Peter 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to …

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