Romans 13:12
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living.

English Standard Version
The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

New American Standard Bible
The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

King James Bible
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The night is nearly over, and the daylight is near, so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

International Standard Version
The night is almost over, and the day is near. Let's therefore put aside the actions of darkness and put on the armor of light.

NET Bible
The night has advanced toward dawn; the day is near. So then we must lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the weapons of light.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The night has passed and the day has arrived, therefore let us strip off the works of darkness from us, and let us put on the armor of light.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The night is almost over, and the day is near. So we should get rid of the things that belong to the dark and take up the weapons that belong to the light.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The night is past, and the day is come; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us clothe ourselves with the weapons of light.

King James 2000 Bible
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

American King James Version
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

American Standard Version
The night is far spent, and the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The night is passed, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light.

Darby Bible Translation
The night is far spent, and the day is near; let us cast away therefore the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

English Revised Version
The night is far spent, and the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Webster's Bible Translation
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

Weymouth New Testament
The night is far advanced, and day is about to dawn. We must therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness, and clothe ourselves with the armour of Light.

World English Bible
The night is far gone, and the day is near. Let's therefore throw off the works of darkness, and let's put on the armor of light.

Young's Literal Translation
the night did advance, and the day came nigh; let us lay aside, therefore, the works of the darkness, and let us put on the armour of the light;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:11-14 Four things are here taught, as a Christian's directory for his day's work. When to awake; Now; and to awake out of the sleep of carnal security, sloth, and negligence; out of the sleep of spiritual death, and out of the sleep of spiritual deadness. Considering the time; a busy time; a perilous time. Also the salvation nigh at hand. Let us mind our way, and mend our pace, we are nearer our journey's end. Also to make ourselves ready. The night is far spent, the day is at hand; therefore it is time to dress ourselves. Observe what we must put off; clothes worn in the night. Cast off the sinful works of darkness. Observe what we must put on; how we should dress our souls. Put on the armour of light. A Christian must reckon himself undressed, if unarmed. The graces of the Spirit are this armour, to secure the soul from Satan's temptations, and the assaults of this present evil world. Put on Christ; that includes all. Put on righteousness of Christ, for justification. Put on the Spirit and grace of Christ, for sanctification. The Lord Jesus Christ must be put on as Lord to rule you as Jesus to save you; and in both, as Christ anointed and appointed by the Father to this ruling, saving work. And how to walk. When we are up and ready, we are not to sit still, but to appear abroad; let us walk. Christianity teaches us how to walk so as to please God, who ever sees us. Walk honestly as in the day; avoiding the works of darkness. Where there are riot and drunkenness, there usually are chambering and wantonness, and strife and envy. Solomon puts these all together, Pr 23:29-35. See what provision to make. Our great care must be to provide for our souls: but must we take no care about our bodies? Yes; but two things are forbidden. Perplexing ourselves with anxious, encumbering care; and indulging ourselves in irregular desires. Natural wants are to be answered, but evil appetites must be checked and denied. To ask meat for our necessities, is our duty, we are taught to pray for daily bread; but to ask meat for our lusts, is provoking God, Ps 78:18.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The night is far spent,.... Not of Jewish darkness, which was gone, and was succeeded by the Gospel day; nor of former ignorance in Gentilism and unregeneracy, for that was past, and the true light shined; much less of security in the latter day, which was not yet come on; rather of persecution and distress for Christ's sake; but it is best of all to understand it of the present time of life; so it is called by the Jews (g), , "this world is like to the night": and which, in the best of saints, is attended with imperfection and darkness, errors and mistakes, in principle and practice, in doctrine and conversation; however, it is far spent, and in a little time will be over:

the day is at hand; not the Gospel day, for that was already come; nor the day of grace, and spiritual light and comfort to their souls, for that also had taken place; nor the latter day glory, which then was at a distance; rather the approaching day of deliverance from present persecutions; but it is much better to understand it of the everlasting day of glory, which to particular persons was then, and now is at hand; a little while, and the night of darkness, affliction, and disconsolation will be over, and the day of glory will succeed, when there will be no more night, no more darkness, no more doubts, fears, and unbelief; but one continued series of light, joy, and comfort, and an uninterrupted communion with Father, Son, and Spirit; and which is another reason why the saints should not indulge themselves in sleep, but be active, since the halcyon days are at hand, as well as a reason why they should attend to the following exhortations:

let us therefore cast off the works of darkness; as the apostle had made use of the metaphors of night and day, and of sleep, and awaking out of sleep, and rising in the morning to business, so he continues the same; and here alludes to persons throwing off their bed clothes, and covering of the night, and putting on proper raiment for the day. By "works of darkness" are meant evil works, which are opposite to the light; to God, who is light itself; to Christ, the light of the world; to the word of God, both law and Gospel, which is a light to our paths; to both the light of nature, and the light of grace: and which spring from the darkness of the mind, and are encouraged to by the god of this world, and by his angels, the rulers of the darkness of it; and which are generally done in the dark, and are such as will not bear the light; and, if grace prevent not, will end in outer darkness, in blackness of darkness, reserved by the justice of God, as the punishment of them. "Casting them off" expresses a dislike of them, a displicency with them, and an abstinence from them. Some copies read, "the armour of darkness", which agrees with what follows:

and let us put on the armour of light; the whole armour of God, the use of which lies in the exercise of grace, and discharge of duty; particularly good works are designed here, which though they are not the believer's clothing, his robe of justifying righteousness, they are both his ornament and his armour; by which he adorns the doctrine of Christ, and defends his own character and principles against the charges find calumnies of then: these being performed aright, spring from the light of grace in a regenerate man, and are such as will bear the light to be seen of men; and are the lights which are to shine before men, that they beholding them, may glorify God; so virtue was by Antisthenes (h), called , "armour which cannot be taken away": the allusion is thought to be to the bright and glittering armour of the Romans; the Alexandrian copy reads, "the words of light".

(g) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 24. 4. (h) Diogen. Laert. l. 6. in Vita Antisthen. & Hesychius de viris illustr. p. 17.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. The night—of evil

is far spent, the day—of consummated triumph over it

is at hand: let us therefore cast off—as a dress

the works of darkness—all works holding of the kingdom and period of darkness, with which, as followers of the risen Saviour, our connection has been dissolved.

and let us put on the armour of light—described at length in Eph 6:11-18.

Romans 13:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Clothe Yourselves with Christ
11Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 7:29
What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not;

1 Corinthians 10:11
These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.

2 Corinthians 6:7
in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;

2 Corinthians 10:4
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

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

Ephesians 5:11
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Ephesians 6:11
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

Ephesians 6:13
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Ephesians 6:14
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

1 Thessalonians 5:8
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

Hebrews 10:25
not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

James 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.

1 Peter 4:7
The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:11
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives

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.

1 John 2:18
Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.

Revelation 1:3
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

Revelation 22:10
Then he told me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near.
Treasury of Scripture

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

night.

Songs 2:17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, …

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

cast.

Isaiah 2:20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of …

Isaiah 30:22 You shall defile also the covering of your graven images of silver, …

Ezekiel 18:31,32 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; …

Ephesians 4:22 That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, …

Colossians 3:8,9 But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, …

James 1:21 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and …

1 Peter 2:1 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and …

works.

Job 24:14-17 The murderer rising with the light kills the poor and needy, and …

John 3:19-21 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but …

1 Thessalonians 5:5-7 You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we …

1 John 1:5-7 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare …

1 John 2:8,9 Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in him …

put.

Romans 13:14 But put you on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for …

2 Corinthians 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness …

Ephesians 6:11-18 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against …

Colossians 3:10-17 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after …

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate …

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