Ephesians 5:18
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New International Version
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,

New Living Translation
Don't be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,

English Standard Version
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

New American Standard Bible
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,

King James Bible
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And don't get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless actions, but be filled by the Spirit:

International Standard Version
Stop getting drunk with wine, which leads to wild living, but keep on being filled with the Spirit.

NET Bible
And do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither be drunk with wine in which is debauchery, but be filled with The Spirit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't get drunk on wine, which leads to wild living. Instead, be filled with the Spirit?your[ spirit.">]

Jubilee Bible 2000
And be not drunk with wine, in which there is excess, but be filled with the Spirit,

King James 2000 Bible
And be not drunk with wine, in which is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

American King James Version
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

American Standard Version
And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury; but be ye filled with the holy Spirit,

Darby Bible Translation
And be not drunk with wine, in which is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit,

English Revised Version
And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit;

Webster's Bible Translation
And be not drunk with wine, in which is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Weymouth New Testament
Do not over-indulge in wine--a thing in which excess is so easy--

World English Bible
Don't be drunken with wine, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,

Young's Literal Translation
and be not drunk with wine, in which is dissoluteness, but be filled in the Spirit,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - And be not intoxicated with wine, wherein is dissoluteness. Drunkenness is suggested because it is a work of darkness; it is the foe to vigilance and earnestness, and it leads all who yield to it to act unwisely. It is the social aspect of drunkenness the apostle has in view - the exhilarating influence of wine in company, giving a rush of high spirits. Ασωτία, from α and σωζω, the opposite of savingness, wastefulness, dissoluteness, or the process of being dissolved, involving perdition. Spoken of the prodigal son, "riotous living;" the habit which sends everything to wreck and ruin. But be filled with the Spirit. Instead of resorting to wine to cheer and animate you, throw your hearts open the Holy Spirit, so that he may come and fill them; seek the joy that the Spirit inspires when he makes you to sit with Christ in heavenly places, so that, instead of pouring out your joyous feelings in bacchanalian songs, you may do so in Christian hymns.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess,.... The sin of drunkenness here dehorted from, is a custom, or habit, of voluntary excessive drinking of any strong liquor, whereby the mind is disturbed, and deprived of the use of reason: though wine is only here mentioned, that being the usual liquor drank in the eastern countries, yet the same holds good of any other strong liquor, as of that; nor is drinking wine for necessary use prohibited, nor for honest delight and lawful pleasure; but excessive drinking of it, and this voluntary, and with design, and on purpose; otherwise persons may be overtaken and intoxicated, through ignorance of the strength of the liquor, and their own weakness; and it is a custom, or habit of excessive drinking, for not a single act, but a series of actions, a course of living in this sin, denominates a man a drunkard; and generally speaking, excessive drinking deprives persons of the use of reason, though not always; and such are criminal, who are mighty to drink wine, and strong to mingle strong drink; as are also such, who though not guilty of this sin themselves, are the means of it in others: the sin is very sinful; it is one of the works of the flesh; it is an abuse of the creature; it is opposed to walking honestly; for it persons are to be excluded from the communion of the church; and, without the grace of true repentance, shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven: many things might be said to dissuade from it; it hurts the mind, memory, and judgment; deprives of reason, and sets a man below a beast; it brings diseases on the body, and wastes the estate; it unfits for business and duty; it opens a door for every sin, and exposes to shame and danger; and therefore should be carefully avoided, and especially by professors of religion:

but be filled with the Spirit; that is, "with the Holy Spirit", as read the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions; with the gifts and graces of the Spirit: some have been filled with them in an extraordinary way, as the apostles on the day of Pentecost; and others in an ordinary manner, as common believers; and who may be said to be filled with the Spirit, as with wine, or instead of it, or in opposition to it, when the love of God is shed abroad in their hearts by the Spirit, which is compared to wine, for its antiquity, purity, and refreshing nature; and they are filled with it, who have a comfortable sense of it, and a firm persuasion of interest in it, and are delighted with the views of it, and are as it were inebriated with it; and they are filled with the Spirit, in whom his grace is a well of living water, and out of whose belly flow rivers of it; and who have a large measure of spiritual peace and joy, expressed in the following manner.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. excess—worthless, ruinous, reckless prodigality.

wherein—not in the wine itself when used aright (1Ti 5:23), but in the "excess" as to it.

but be filled with the Spirit—The effect in inspiration was that the person was "filled" with an ecstatic exhilaration, like that caused by wine; hence the two are here connected (compare Ac 2:13-18). Hence arose the abstinence from wine of many of the prophets, for example, John the Baptist, namely, in order to keep distinct before the world the ecstasy caused by the Spirit, from that caused by wine. So also in ordinary Christians the Spirit dwells not in the mind that seeks the disturbing influences of excitement, but in the well-balanced prayerful mind. Such a one expresses his joy, not in drunken or worldly songs, but in Christian hymns of thankfulness.

Ephesians 5:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Children of Light
17So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;…
Cross References
Leviticus 10:9
"You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come,

Proverbs 20:1
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

Proverbs 23:20
Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,

Proverbs 23:30
Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.

Proverbs 23:31
Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!

Proverbs 23:32
In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.

Luke 1:15
for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.

John 2:10
and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."

Romans 13:13
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.

1 Corinthians 5:11
But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.

1 Thessalonians 5:7
For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.

Titus 1:6
An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.

1 Peter 4:4
They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.
Treasury of Scripture

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

be not.

Genesis 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

Genesis 19:32-35 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, …

Deuteronomy 21:20 And they shall say to the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn …

Psalm 69:12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whoever is deceived …

Proverbs 23:20,21,29-35 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh…

Isaiah 5:11-13,22 Woe to them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow …

Matthew 24:49 And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink …

Luke 12:45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delays his coming; …

Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged …

Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, …

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written to you not to keep company, if any man that …

1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, …

1 Corinthians 11:21 For in eating every one takes before other his own supper: and one …

Galatians 5:21 Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the …

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

excess.

Matthew 23:25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you make clean …

1 Peter 4:3,4 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will …

but.

Psalm 63:3-5 Because your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you…

Songs 1:4 Draw me, we will run after you: the king has brought me into his …

Songs 7:9 And the roof of your mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that …

Isaiah 25:6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make to all people a …

Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsts, come you to the waters, and he that has …

Zechariah 9:15-17 The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue …

Luke 11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children…

Acts 2:13-18 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine…

Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and …

Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

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