Ephesians 5:4
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New International Version
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

New Living Translation
Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes--these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.

English Standard Version
Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

Berean Study Bible
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk, or crude joking, which are out of character, but rather thanksgiving.

Berean Literal Bible
and filthiness, and foolish talking, or crude joking, which are not fitting, but rather thanksgiving.

New American Standard Bible
and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

King James Bible
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Coarse and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks.

International Standard Version
Obscene, flippant, or vulgar talk is totally inappropriate. Instead, let there be thanksgiving.

NET Bible
Neither should there be vulgar speech, foolish talk, or coarse jesting--all of which are out of character--but rather thanksgiving.

New Heart English Bible
nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not appropriate; but rather giving of thanks.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither abusive language, neither worthless words, nor of disgrace, nor of nonsense- these things that are unnecessary, but in place of these, thanksgiving.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It's not right that dirty stories, foolish talk, or obscene jokes should be mentioned among you either. Instead, give thanks [to God].

New American Standard 1977
and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

Jubilee Bible 2000
neither dishonest words nor foolishness nor low jesting, which are not convenient, but rather giving of thanks.

King James 2000 Bible
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not fitting: but rather giving of thanks.

American King James Version
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

American Standard Version
nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or obscenity, or foolish talking, or scurrility, which is to no purpose; but rather giving of thanks.

Darby Bible Translation
and filthiness and foolish talking, or jesting, which are not convenient; but rather thanksgiving.

English Revised Version
nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks.

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

Weymouth New Testament
Avoid shameful and foolish talk and low jesting--they are all alike discreditable--and in place of these give thanks.

World English Bible
nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not appropriate; but rather giving of thanks.

Young's Literal Translation
also filthiness, and foolish talking, or jesting, -- the things not fit -- but rather thanksgiving;
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Imitators of God
3But among you, as is proper among the saints, there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality or impurity or greed. 4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk, or crude joking, which are out of character, but rather thanksgiving. 5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure, or greedy person (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.…
Cross References
Proverbs 26:19
So is the man who deceives his neighbor, And says, "Was I not joking?"

Matthew 12:34
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.

Romans 1:28
Furthermore, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, He gave them up to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done.

Ephesians 4:29
Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up the one in need and bringing grace to those who listen.

Ephesians 5:20
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 3:8
But now you must put aside all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth.

Philemon 1:8
So although in Christ I am fully confident that I could order you to do what is proper,
Treasury of Scripture

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

filthiness.

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that …

Proverbs 12:23 A prudent man conceals knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.

Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools …

Ecclesiastes 10:13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end …

Matthew 12:34-37 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? …

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

Colossians 3:8 But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, …

James 3:4-8 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven …

2 Peter 2:7,18 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked…

Jude 1:10,13 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what …

convenient.

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God …

Philemon 1:8 Why, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin you that which …

but.

Ephesians 5:19,20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing …

Ephesians 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

Psalm 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.

Psalm 92:1 IT IS A GOOD THING TO GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD, AND TO SING PRAISES …

Psalm 107:21,22 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful …

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his …

John 6:23 (However, there came other boats from Tiberias near to the place …

2 Corinthians 1:11 You also helping together by prayer for us…

2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication …

Colossians 3:15-17 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also …

1 Thessalonians 3:9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy …

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

Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, …

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