Ephesians 5:8
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New International Version
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

New Living Translation
For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!

English Standard Version
for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

Berean Study Bible
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light,

Berean Literal Bible
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light--

New American Standard Bible
for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light

King James Bible
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light--

International Standard Version
For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light,

NET Bible
for you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light--

New Heart English Bible
For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in our Lord, therefore so walk as children of Light.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Once you lived in the dark, but now the Lord has filled you with light. Live as children who have light.

New American Standard 1977
for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light

Jubilee Bible 2000
For in another time ye were darkness, but now ye are light in the Lord: walk as children of light;

King James 2000 Bible
For you were once darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

American King James Version
For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

American Standard Version
For ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord: walk as children of light

Douay-Rheims Bible
For you were heretofore darkness, but now light in the Lord. Walk then as children of the light.

Darby Bible Translation
for ye were once darkness, but now light in [the] Lord; walk as children of light,

English Revised Version
For ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord: walk as children of light

Webster's Bible Translation
For ye were sometime darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light;

Weymouth New Testament
There was a time when you were nothing but darkness. Now, as Christians, you are Light itself.

World English Bible
For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light,

Young's Literal Translation
for ye were once darkness, and now light in the Lord; as children of light walk ye,
Study Bible
Children of Light
7Therefore do not be partakers with them. 8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, 9for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.…
Cross References
Isaiah 9:2
The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.

Isaiah 42:16
"I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, In paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them And rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, And I will not leave them undone."

Isaiah 50:10
Who is among you that fears the LORD, That obeys the voice of His servant, That walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.

Matthew 3:8
Produce fruit worthy of repentance.

Luke 16:8
The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the sons of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the sons of light.

John 12:35
So Jesus told them, "For a little while longer, the Light will be among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.

John 12:36
While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of light." After Jesus had spoken these things, He went away and hid Himself from them.

Acts 26:18
to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those sanctified by faith in Me.'

Romans 13:12
The night is nearly over; the day has drawn near. So let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Ephesians 2:2
in which you used to walk when you conformed to the ways of this world and of the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit who is now at work in the sons of disobedience.
Treasury of Scripture

For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

ye were.

Ephesians 2:11,12 Why remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh…

Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life …

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, …

Psalm 74:20 Have respect to the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are …

Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they …

Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead …

Isaiah 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness …

Jeremiah 13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before …

Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which …

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, …

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, …

Romans 2:19 And are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light …

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship …

Colossians 1:13 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated …

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

1 John 2:8 Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in him …

but.

Isaiah 42:6,7 I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, …

Isaiah 49:6,9 And he said, It is a light thing that you should be my servant to …

Isaiah 60:1,3,19,20 Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is …

John 1:4,5,9 In him was life; and the life was the light of men…

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: …

John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whoever believes on me should …

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, …

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the …

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

1 Thessalonians 5:4-8 But you, brothers, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake …

1 John 2:9-11 He that said he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness …

walk.

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

Isaiah 2:5 O house of Jacob, come you, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

Luke 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely…

John 12:36 While you have light, believe in the light, that you may be the children …

Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

1 Peter 2:9-11 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship …

(8) Ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord.--This expression is unique, and far more emphatic than the more common phrases of "being," or "walking," "in darkness" and "in light." (See Romans 2:9; Colossians 1:2; 1Thessalonians 5:4; 1John 1:6-7; 1John 2:9-10.) For here the outward element of light or darkness is said to pervade the inner nature of the soul. (1) Christ is the "true Light," the "Sun of Righteousness" (John 1:4-9; John 3:19; John 8:12; John 9:5; John 12:46). His servants are sometimes mere secondary lights (or "candles") (Luke 11:33-34; Luke 11:36; John 5:35; 2Peter 1:19), kindled from His rays; sometimes, like the moon or planets, they are said, as reflecting His light, or as having His light in them (John 12:35), to be actually "the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14), which, however, shines as a mere reflected light, so that "men glorify" not it, but "the Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). They thus become light, but only "in the Lord:" that is, as being made one with Him. (2) So, on the other hand, they who walk in darkness are said to be themselves darkness--new sources, so to speak, of the darkness which hates and quenches light, both to themselves and to others. "The light" which is in them "becomes darkness;" "and how great is that darkness!" (Matthew 6:23.) As there is a natural delight in giving light, so the reprobate state is distinguished by a horrible pleasure in spreading the cloud of delusion, sin, or unbelief, by which to hide God from man.

Walk as children of light.--So our Lord teaches, "While ye have the light, believe in the light, that ye may become children of light" (John 12:36; comp. 1Thessalonians 5:5). "Children of light" are they who not only love the light, but also manifest the likeness of the one true Light, "the Father of Lights" (James 1:17), being His children in Jesus Christ.

Verse 8. - For ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Another expressive "but." To make the contrast more emphatic, it is not said, "ye were in darkness, but are now in light;" but, "ye were darkness itself, and are now light itself," and this last is explained by the usual formula, "in the Lord." There was a celebrated Ephesian philosopher, Alexander, who was called "The Light;" but not from that source had the light come. The idea of light-giving is also involved in their being light. "Arise, shine, for thy light is come." Walk as children of light. Another expressive image, denoting close connection with light, as if they were actually born of it; hence their lives should be full of it. The figure connecting darkness with sin and light with purity, common to all languages, underlies the exhortation. For ye were sometimes darkness,.... Not only dark, but darkness itself; exceeding blind, dark, and ignorant, respecting spiritual things; so the Gentiles were wont to be called by the Jews, "darkness" (k) itself; of this darkness; see Gill on Ephesians 4:18.

But now are ye light in the Lord; either in, or by the Lord Jesus Christ, the light of men, from whom all spiritual light comes; or by the Lord the Spirit, by whom the eyes of their understandings were enlightened, to see the exceeding sinfulness of sin, in heart and life; the insufficiency of their own righteousness and moral virtues, to justify them before God; and the true and right way of righteousness, life and salvation by Christ; and to have some light into the several doctrines of the Gospel, and even a glimpse of the invisible glories and realities of another world: and this light is so great, that they are not only said to be enlightened, but to be light itself; and this they have not of, and from themselves, but the Lord; and therefore should

walk as children of light; not in sins, which are works of darkness, but in faith, truth, and holiness.

(k) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 1. 2. 8. sometimes—"once." The emphasis is on "were." Ye ought to have no fellowship with sin, which is darkness, for your state as darkness is now PAST. Stronger than "in darkness" (Ro 2:19).

light—not merely "enlightened"; but light enlightening others (Eph 5:13).

in—in union with the Lord, who is THE LIGHT.

children of light—not merely "of the light"; just as "children of disobedience" is used on the opposite side; those whose distinguishing characteristic is light. Pliny, a heathen writing to Trajan, bears unwilling testimony to the extraordinary purity of Christians' lives, contrasted with the people around them.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.
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