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

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

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

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,

Ephesians 5:8 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For ye were sometimes (ποτε, formerly) darkness - While ye lived in darkness, ye lived in these crimes.

But now are ye light in the Lord - When ye were in heathenish darkness ye served divers lusts and pleasures, but now ye have the light - the wisdom and teaching which come from God; therefore walk as children of the light - let the world see that ye are not slaves to the flesh, but free, willing, rational servants of the Most High; not brutish followers of devil gods.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 of God through the ignorance that is in them...

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

Psalm 74:20 Have respect to the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death...

Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known...

Isaiah 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise on you...

Jeremiah 13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and...

Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent:

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God...

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations...

Romans 2:19 And are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness?...

Colossians 1:13 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy...

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

1 John 2:8 Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past...

but.

Isaiah 42:6,7 I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, and will keep you, and give you for a covenant of the people...

Isaiah 49:6,9 And he said, It is a light thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel...

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

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: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness...

John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whoever believes on me should not abide in darkness.

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

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory...

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts...

1 Thessalonians 5:4-8 But you, brothers, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief...

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

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 of light. These things spoke Jesus, and departed...

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, a peculiar people...

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another...

Library
January 1. "Redeeming the Time" (Eph. v. 16).
"Redeeming the time" (Eph. v. 16). Two little words are found in the Greek version here. They are translated "ton kairon" in the revised version, "Buying up for yourselves the opportunity." The two words ton kairon mean, literally, the opportunity. They do not refer to time in general, but to a special point of time, a juncture, a crisis, a moment full of possibilities and quickly passing by, which we must seize and make the best of before it has passed away. It is intimated that there are not
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Third Sunday in Lent
Text: Ephesians 5, 1-9. 1 Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell. 3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becometh saints; 4 nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know of a surety, that no fornicator, nor unclean
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. II

Paul's Reasons for Temperance
'And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16. Redeeming the time, because the days
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John

Redeeming the Time
'See, then, that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.'--Eph. v. 15, 16. Some of us have, in all probability, very little more 'time' to 'redeem.' Some of us have, in all probability, the prospect of many years yet to live. For both classes my text presents the best motto for another year. The most frivolous among us, I suppose, have some thoughts when we step across the conventional boundary that seems to separate the unbroken sequence
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John

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.

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