Ephesians 5:3
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New International Version
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.

New Living Translation
Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God's people.

English Standard Version
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.

New American Standard Bible
But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;

King James Bible
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints.

International Standard Version
Do not let sexual sin, impurity of any kind, or greed even be mentioned among you, as is proper for saints.

NET Bible
But among you there must not be either sexual immorality, impurity of any kind, or greed, as these are not fitting for the saints.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But fornication, all impurity and greed are not even to be named at all among you, as is appropriate for Holy Ones,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't let sexual sin, perversion of any kind, or greed even be mentioned among you. This is not appropriate behavior for God's holy people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not be once named among you as becomes saints,

King James 2000 Bible
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becomes saints;

American King James Version
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becomes saints;

American Standard Version
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becometh saints;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints:

Darby Bible Translation
But fornication and all uncleanness or unbridled lust, let it not be even named among you, as it becomes saints;

English Revised Version
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becometh saints;

Webster's Bible Translation
But lewdness and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Weymouth New Testament
But fornication and every kind of impurity, or covetousness, let them not even be mentioned among you, for they ought not to be named among God's people.

World English Bible
But sexual immorality, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be mentioned among you, as becomes saints;

Young's Literal Translation
and whoredom, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becometh saints;
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

Verses 3-21. - THE WALK SUITABLE TO THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT. Verse 3. - But. Another of the remarkable contrasts of this Epistle; the fumes of lust are doubly odious in contact with the sweet savor of Christ's offering. Fornication and all impurity, or covetousness. The combination of covetousness with sins of the flesh, occurring several times in the apostle's writings (1 Corinthians 5:11; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5), is rather unexpected. Πλεονεξία, covetousness, means the desire of having more, which is peculiarly true of sensual sins; but it is not coupled with them by a καὶ, but disjoined by an η}, indicating something of another class. In the mind of the apostle, sensuality was inseparable from greed, unnatural craving for more, dissatisfaction with what was enough; hence the neighborhood of the two vices. Let it not be even named among you, as becometh saints. The practice of such sins was out of the question; but even speaking of them, as matters of ordinary conversation, was unsuitable for saints; the very conversation of Christians must be pure. The exhortation bears on Christians in their social relations; had the apostle been treating of the duty of the individual, he would have urged that such sins should never be admitted even to the thoughts or the imagination.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness,.... The apostle proceeds to dehort from several vices, which are unbecoming the dear children and followers of God; and which the love of Christ should constrain them to avoid: the first of these, which is simple "fornication", is the sin which is committed between single or unmarried persons; and is contrary to the law of God, is a work of the flesh, and is against a man's own body; it renders persons unfit for church communion, brings many temporal calamities upon them, and exposes them to divine wrath, and excludes from the kingdom of heaven, without repentance; and the reason why it is so often taken notice of is, because it was very frequent among the Gentiles, and not thought criminal: "all uncleanness" takes in adultery, incest, sodomy, and every unnatural lust; and "covetousness" seems not so much to design that sin which is commonly so called, namely, an immoderate desire after worldly things, as a greedy and insatiable appetite after the above lusts:

let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; that is, neither one or other of them; the sense is, that they should not be committed; so that there might be no occasion to speak of them, even though with abhorrence, as if there were no such vices in being; and much less should they be named with pleasure, and pleaded for: for thus it becomes such who are set apart by God the Father, whose sins are expiated by the blood of Christ, and whose hearts are sanctified by the Spirit of God; who profess the Gospel of Christ, and have a place and a name in God's house, better than that of sons and daughters.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. once named—Greek, "Let it not be even named" (Eph 5:4, 12). "Uncleanness" and "covetousness" are taken up again from Eph 4:19. The two are so closely allied that the Greek for "covetousness" (pleonexia) is used sometimes in Scripture, and often in the Greek Fathers, for sins of impurity. The common principle is the longing to fill one's desire with material objects of sense, outside of God. The expression, "not be even named," applies better to impurity, than to "covetousness."

Ephesians 5:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Imitators of God
2and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. 3But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.…
Cross References
Exodus 20:17
"You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

1 Corinthians 6:18
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.

Colossians 3:5
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
Treasury of Scripture

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becomes saints;

fornication.

Ephesians 5:5 For this you know, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous …

Ephesians 4:19,20 Who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, …

Numbers 25:1 And Israel stayed in Shittim, and the people began to commit prostitution …

Deuteronomy 23:17,18 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite …

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, …

Mark 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, …

Acts 15:20 But that we write to them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, …

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, …

Romans 6:13 Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness …

1 Corinthians 5:10,11 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the …

1 Corinthians 6:9,13,18 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

1 Corinthians 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and …

2 Corinthians 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and …

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, …

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, …

1 Thessalonians 4:3,7 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should …

Hebrews 12:16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for …

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators …

2 Peter 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, …

Revelation 2:14,21 But I have a few things against you, because you have there them …

Revelation 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor …

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, …

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, …

covetousness.

Ephesians 5:5 For this you know, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous …

Exodus 18:21 Moreover you shall provide out of all the people able men, such as …

Exodus 20:17 You shall not covet your neighbor's house, you shall not covet your …

Joshua 7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two …

1 Samuel 8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, …

Psalm 10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, and blesses the covetous, …

Psalm 119:36 Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to covetousness.

Proverbs 28:16 The prince that wants understanding is also a great oppressor: but …

Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even to the greatest of them every one …

Jeremiah 8:10 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to …

Jeremiah 22:17 But your eyes and your heart are not but for your covetousness, and …

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Micah 2:2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and …

Mark 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil …

Luke 12:15 And he said to them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness…

Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: …

Acts 20:33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.

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

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, …

1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, …

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted …

2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, …

Titus 1:7,11 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, …

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with …

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, …

2 Peter 2:3,14 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

named.

Ephesians 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of …

Exodus 23:13 And in all things that I have said to you be circumspect: and make …

1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and …

as.

Romans 16:2 That you receive her in the Lord, as becomes saints, and that you …

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: …

1 Timothy 2:10 But (which becomes women professing godliness) with good works.

Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becomes holiness, …

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