redeeming the time, because the days are evil;
Ephesians 5:16 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Redeeming the time - Εξαγοραζομενοι τον καιρον· Buying up those moments which others seem to throw away; steadily improving every present moment, that ye may, in some measure, regain the time ye have lost. Let time be your chief commodity; deal in that alone; buy it all up, and use every portion of it yourselves. Time is that on which eternity depends; in time ye are to get a preparation for the kingdom of God; if you get not this in time, your ruin is inevitable; therefore, buy up the time.
Some think there is an allusion here to the case of debtors, who, by giving some valuable consideration to their creditors, obtain farther time for paying their debts. And this appears to be the sense in which it is used by the Septuagint, Daniel 2:8 : Επ' αληθειας οιδα εγω, ὁτι καιρον ὑμεις εξαγοραζετε· I know certainly that ye would gain or buy time - ye wish to have the time prolonged, that ye may seek out for some plausible explanation of the dream. Perhaps the apostle means in general, embrace every opportunity to glorify God, save your own souls, and do good to men.
Because the days are evil - The present times are dangerous, they are full of trouble and temptations, and only the watchful and diligent have any reason to expect that they shall keep their garments unspotted.
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Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave...
Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially to them who are of the household of faith.
Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
Ephesians 6:13,15 Why take to you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand...
Psalm 37:19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
Ecclesiastes 11:2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for you know not what evil shall be on the earth.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when you shall say...
Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.
John 12:35 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come on you...
Acts 11:28,29 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world...
1 Corinthians 7:26,29-31 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be...
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