Ephesians 4:27
New International Version
and do not give the devil a foothold.

New Living Translation
for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

English Standard Version
and give no opportunity to the devil.

Berean Study Bible
and do not give the devil a foothold.

Berean Literal Bible
neither give opportunity to the devil.

King James Bible
Neither give place to the devil.

New King James Version
nor give place to the devil.

New American Standard Bible
and do not give the devil an opportunity.

NASB 1995
and do not give the devil an opportunity.

NASB 1977
and do not give the devil an opportunity.

Amplified Bible
And do not give the devil an opportunity [to lead you into sin by holding a grudge, or nurturing anger, or harboring resentment, or cultivating bitterness].

Christian Standard Bible
and don’t give the devil an opportunity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and don't give the Devil an opportunity.

American Standard Version
neither give place to the devil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither should you give place to The Slanderer.

Contemporary English Version
and don't give the devil a chance.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Give not place to the devil.

English Revised Version
neither give place to the devil.

Good News Translation
Don't give the Devil a chance.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't give the devil any opportunity [to work].

International Standard Version
and do not give the devil an opportunity to work.

Literal Standard Version
neither give place to the Devil;

NET Bible
Do not give the devil an opportunity.

New Heart English Bible
neither give place to the devil.

Weymouth New Testament
and do not leave room for the Devil.

World English Bible
neither give place to the devil.

Young's Literal Translation
neither give place to the devil;

Additional Translations ...
Context
New Life in Christ
26“Be angry, yet do not sin.” Do not let the sun set upon your anger, 27and do not give the devil a foothold. 28He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing good with his own hands, that he may have something to share with the one in need.…

Cross References
Romans 12:19
Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for God's wrath. For it is written: "Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, says the Lord."

James 4:7
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.


Treasury of Scripture

Neither give place to the devil.

Ephesians 6:11,16
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…

Acts 5:3
But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

2 Corinthians 2:10,11
To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; …









(27) Neither give place (i.e., scope) to the devil.--The name "Devil" is used by St. Paul only in his later Epistles (see Ephesians 6:11; 1Timothy 3:6-7; 1Timothy 6:9; 2Timothy 2:26; Titus 2:3); in the earlier Epistles (Romans 16:20; 1Corinthians 5:5; 1Corinthians 7:5; 2Corinthians 2:11; 2Corinthians 11:14, 2Co_12:7; 1Thessalonians 2:18; 2Thessalonians 2:9) we have the name "Satan," which is also found, less frequently, in the later also (1Timothy 1:20; 1Timothy 5:15). The latter name simply describes him as "the enemy "; the former describes one method of his enmity (as "the Tempter" another), for it signifies "one who sets at variance," man with God, and man with man. Since this fiendish work is mostly contemplated as wrought by slander, the name is commonly taken to mean "the slanderer;" and when applied to human beings (as in 1Timothy 3:11; 2Timothy 3:3; Titus 2:3) it seems to convey some such meaning. But here the original sense suits the distinctive idea of the passage. In accordance with the general principle noted above, excess of wrath is forbidden, as giving opportunity to the enemy, who desires to break up unity, and "set at variance" those who should be one in Jesus Christ.

Verse 27. - Neither give place to the devil. Place or room, opportunity and scope for acting in and through you. There seems no special reference to the last exhortation, but as that demands a special act of vigilance and self-control, so the activity of the devil demands vigilance and self-control on all occasions, and especially on those on which the devil is most apt to try to get a foothold. The reference to the devil is not a figure, but an obvious recognition of his personality, and of the liability of all Christians to fall under his influence.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[and] {do} not
μηδὲ (mēde)
Conjunction
Strong's 3366: And not, not even, neither?nor. From me and de; but not, not even; in a continued negation, nor.

give
δίδοτε (didote)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

devil
διαβόλῳ (diabolō)
Adjective - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 1228: From diaballo; a traducer; specially, Satan.

a foothold.
τόπον (topon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5117: Apparently a primary word; a spot, i.e. Location; figuratively, condition, opportunity; specially, a scabbard.


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