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

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--

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.

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,
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 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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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.

Ephesians 5:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Children of Light
8for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9(for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),…
Cross References
Isaiah 9:2
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

Isaiah 42:16
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

Isaiah 50:10
Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on their God.

Matthew 3:8
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

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

John 12:35
Then Jesus told them, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going.

John 12:36
Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light." When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

Acts 26:18
to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'

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

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.

Ephesians 2:11
Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "the circumcision" (which is done in the body by human hands)--

Colossians 1:12
and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

1 John 2:8
Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
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 …

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