Ephesians 5:6
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New International Version
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

New Living Translation
Don't be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.

English Standard Version
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

New American Standard Bible
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

King James Bible
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for God's wrath is coming on the disobedient because of these things.

International Standard Version
Do not let anyone deceive you with meaningless words, for it is because of these things that God becomes angry with those who disobey.

NET Bible
Let nobody deceive you with empty words, for because of these things God's wrath comes on the sons of disobedience.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for it is because of these things the anger of God comes on the children of disobedience.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't let anyone deceive you with meaningless words. It is because of sins like these that God's anger comes to those who refuse to obey him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let no one deceive you with vain words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

King James 2000 Bible
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

American King James Version
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God on the children of disobedience.

American Standard Version
Let no man deceive you with empty words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of these things cometh the anger of God upon the children of unbelief.

Darby Bible Translation
Let no one deceive you with vain words, for on account of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

English Revised Version
Let no man deceive you with empty words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Weymouth New Testament
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for it is on account of these very sins that God's anger is coming upon the disobedient.

World English Bible
Let no one deceive you with empty words. For because of these things, the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience.

Young's Literal Translation
Let no one deceive you with vain words, for because of these things cometh the anger of God upon the sons of the disobedience,
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

Verse 6. - Let no man deceive you with empty words. No man, whether pagan or nominal Christian: the pagan defending a life of pleasure as the only thing to be had with even a smack of good in it; the Christian mitigating pleasant sins, saying that the young must have an outlet for their warm feelings, that men in business must put all their soul into it, and that life must be brightened by a little mirth and jollity. As opposed to what the apostle has laid down (ver. 5), such words are empty, destitute of all solidity or truth. For on account of these things the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. The sophistry is swept away by an awful fact - the wrath cometh, is coming, and will come too in the future life. It comes in the form of natural punishment, Nature avenging her broken laws by deadly diseases; in the form, too, of disappointment, remorse, desolation of soul; and in the form of judgments, like that which befell Sodom and Gomorrah, or the sword which never departed from David's house.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let no man deceive you with vain words,.... With vain philosophy, vain babblings, with foolish and filthy talking; suggesting that these were not sinful the apostle had condemned; or that they were small sins, the frailties of human life; and that God would take no notice of them, and they might continue in them with impunity: such deceivers there were, doctrinal and practical ones, who lay in wait to deceive men with such vain pretences; and there was danger of being carried away with their error; for the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, and is easily taken in such snares: wherefore the apostle cautions against such deceptions, adding,

for because of these things; fornication, uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, and jesting:

the wrath of God cometh upon the children of disobedience; in temporal judgments, and in eternal ruin; there have been instances of it; it is usually the case, and always if grace prevents not; this wrath comes down from above, and sometimes suddenly, with great force and power, like a mighty flood; and there is no standing up under it, and against it; and though it falls upon the children of disobedience, such as are disobedient both to law and Gospel, are unbelievers in Christ, and not persuadable by his ministers, are stubborn, obstinate, and rebellious; yet it shows how much these things are displeasing to God, and resented by him, and therefore should be avoided by his people; and the consideration of their not being appointed to this wrath, though deserving of it as others, and of their deliverance from it by Christ, should engage them the more to abstain from these sins.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. vain—empty, unreal words, namely, palliations of "uncleanness," Eph 5:3, 4; Isa 5:20 (that it is natural to indulge in love), "covetousness" (that it is useful to society that men should pursue gain), and "jesting" (that it is witty and clever, and that God will not so severely punish for such things).

because of these things—uncleanness, covetousness, &c. (Eph 5:3-5).

cometh—present, not merely "shall come." Is as sure as if already come.

children—rather, "sons of disobedience" (Eph 2:2, 3). The children of unbelief in doctrine (De 32:20) are "children of disobedience" in practice, and these again are "children of wrath."

Ephesians 5:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Imitators of God
5For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore do not be partakers with them;
Cross References
Jeremiah 27:9
So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your interpreters of dreams, your mediums or your sorcerers who tell you, 'You will not serve the king of Babylon.'

Jeremiah 29:8
Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have.

Jeremiah 37:9
"This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians will surely leave us.' They will not!

Romans 1:18
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,

Ephesians 2:2
in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

Colossians 2:8
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

Colossians 3:6
Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

2 Thessalonians 2:3
Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.

Hebrews 13:9
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.
Treasury of Scripture

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God on the children of disobedience.

no.

Jeremiah 29:8,9,31 For thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your …

Ezekiel 13:10-16 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; …

Micah 3:5 Thus said the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, …

Matthew 24:4,24 And Jesus answered and said to them, Take heed that no man deceive you…

Mark 13:5,22 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you…

Galatians 6:7,8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that …

Colossians 2:4,8,18 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words…

2 Thessalonians 2:3,10-12 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, …

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they …

vain.

2 Kings 18:20 You say, (but they are but vain words,) I have counsel and strength …

Jeremiah 23:14-16 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: …

cometh.

Numbers 32:13,14 And the LORD's anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them …

Joshua 22:17,18 Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we are not …

Psalm 78:31 The wrath of God came on them, and slew the fattest of them, and …

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness …

Colossians 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience:

children. See on ch.

Ephesians 2:2,3 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, …

disobedience. or, unbelief.

Hebrews 3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

1 Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which …

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