Ephesians 4:28
New International Version
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

New Living Translation
If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.

English Standard Version
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Berean Study Bible
He 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.

Berean Literal Bible
The one stealing, let him steal no longer, but rather let him toil, working with the own hands what is good, so that he may have something to impart to the one having need.

New American Standard Bible
He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.

King James Bible
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Christian Standard Bible
Let the thief no longer steal. Instead, he is to do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need.

Contemporary English Version
If you are a thief, quit stealing. Be honest and work hard, so you will have something to give to people in need.

Good News Translation
If you used to rob, you must stop robbing and start working, in order to earn an honest living for yourself and to be able to help the poor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need.

International Standard Version
The thief must no longer steal but must work hard and do what is good with his own hands, so that he might earn something to give to the needy.

NET Bible
The one who steals must steal no longer; rather he must labor, doing good with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with the one who has need.

New Heart English Bible
Let him who stole steal no more; but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have something to give to him who has need.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But whoever has stolen, let him not steal from now on, but let him toil with his hands and produce good that he might have to give to the one who is in need.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Thieves must quit stealing and, instead, they must work hard. They should do something good with their hands so that they'll have something to share with those in need.

New American Standard 1977
Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with his own hands what is good, in order that he may have something to share with him who has need.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let him that stole steal no more, but rather let him labour, working with his hands that which is good, that he may have to give to him that is in need.

King James 2000 Bible
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs.

American King James Version
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs.

American Standard Version
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have whereof to give to him that hath need.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that stole, let him now steal no more; but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have something to give to him that suffereth need.

Darby Bible Translation
Let the stealer steal no more, but rather let him toil, working what is honest with [his] hands, that he may have to distribute to him that has need.

English Revised Version
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have whereof to give to him that hath need.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Weymouth New Testament
He who has been a thief must steal no more, but, instead of that, should work with his own hands in honest industry, so that he may have something of which he can give the needy a share.

World English Bible
Let him who stole steal no more; but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have something to give to him who has need.

Young's Literal Translation
whoso is stealing let him no more steal, but rather let him labour, working the thing that is good with the hands, that he may have to impart to him having need.
Study Bible
New Life in Christ
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. 29Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up the one in need and bringing grace to those who listen.…
Cross References
Proverbs 21:26
All day long he covets more, but the righteous give without restraint.

Proverbs 31:20
She opens her arms to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.

Luke 3:11
John replied, "Whoever has two tunics should share with him who has none, and whoever has food should do the same."

Acts 20:35
In everything, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus Himself: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

1 Corinthians 4:12
We work hard with our own hands. When we are vilified, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;

Galatians 6:10
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to the family of faith.

1 Thessalonians 4:11
and to aspire to live quietly, to attend to your own matters, and to work with your own hands, as we instructed you.

1 Thessalonians 4:12
Then you will behave properly toward outsiders, without being dependent on anyone.

2 Thessalonians 3:8
nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. Instead, in labor and toil, we worked night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you.

2 Thessalonians 3:11
Yet we hear that some of you are leading undisciplined lives and accomplishing nothing but being busybodies.

1 Timothy 6:18
Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, and to be generous and ready to share,

Titus 3:8
This saying is trustworthy. And I want you to emphasize these things, so that those who have believed God will take care to devote themselves to good deeds. These things are excellent and profitable for the people.

Titus 3:14
And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works in order to meet the pressing needs of others, so that they will not be unfruitful.

Treasury of Scripture

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs.

him that.

Exodus 20:15,17
Thou shalt not steal…

Exodus 21:16
And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.

Proverbs 30:9
Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

steal no more.

Job 34:32
That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.

Proverbs 28:13
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Luke 3:8,10-14
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham…

labour.

Proverbs 13:11
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Proverbs 14:23
In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

Acts 20:34,35
Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me…

that he.

Luke 3:11
He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

Luke 21:1-4
And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury…

John 13:29
For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.

give.

Romans 12:13
Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

2 Corinthians 9:12-15
For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; …

1 Timothy 6:18
That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;







Lexicon
He who
(Ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

has been stealing
κλέπτων (kleptōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2813: To steal. A primary verb; to filch.

must steal
κλεπτέτω (kleptetō)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2813: To steal. A primary verb; to filch.

no longer,
μηκέτι (mēketi)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3371: No longer, no more. From me and eti; no further.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

must work,
κοπιάτω (kopiatō)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2872: From a derivative of kopos; to feel fatigue; by implication, to work hard.

doing
ἐργαζόμενος (ergazomenos)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2038: To work, trade, perform, do, practice, commit, acquire by labor.

good
ἀγαθόν (agathon)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 18: A primary word; 'good'.

with
ταῖς (tais)
Article - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

[his] own
ἰδίαις (idiais)
Adjective - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2398: Pertaining to self, i.e. One's own; by implication, private or separate.

hands,
χερσὶν (chersin)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 5495: A hand.

that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

he may have [something]
ἔχῃ (echē)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

to share with
μεταδιδόναι (metadidonai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 3330: From meta and didomi; to give over, i.e. Share.

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

[in]
ἔχοντι (echonti)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

need.
χρείαν (chreian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5532: From the base of chraomai or chre; employment, i.e. An affair; also occasion, demand, requirement or destitution.
(28) Let him that stole (properly, the stealer) steal no more. . . .--In this verse St. Paul treats dishonesty, virtually, although less distinctly, from the same point of view as before. For he is not content with forbidding it, or even with forbidding it as fatal to society; but he directs that it be superseded by the opposite spirit of self-sacrifice, working in order to give to others what is honestly our own, as the fruit of the labour of "our own hands." In that direction there is a profound wisdom, in striking at the root of that exclusive selfishness which so often and so naturally exhibits itself in dishonesty. But we note in it also a peculiar harmony with the great doctrine of unity; for the sense of unity will always exhibit itself in working what is "good," that is, gracious, for the sake of "him that needs."

Verse 28. - Let the stealer stem no more. Ὁ κλέπτων may be translated either as a noun or as the present participle. In either case it implies that even Christians might continue to steal, and that they had to be warned against the habit. This may seem strange to us, but not to those who consider how little theft was thought of among the pagans, and how liable such habits are to remain among converts from heathenism. Where there is a low moral tone and an uneducated conscience, very great irregularities may be found. Dishonesty in trade, deceit in business, are just the same. Among the Ephesians, thieving was probably the result of idle habits and of dislike to hard work. Hence the apostle says, But rather let him labor, working with his hands the things that are good, that he may have to impart to him that hath need. Idleness is mean, labor is honorable; Christ calls us to work, not for this reason only, but in order that we may have something to give away. Paganism would rob others of what is rightfully their own; Christianity leads me to give to others what is rightfully my own. This different genius of the two systems appears here very clearly. Observe the true use of superfluities - look out for the needy, and give for their relief. 4:25-28 Notice the particulars wherewith we should adorn our Christian profession. Take heed of every thing contrary to truth. No longer flatter or deceive others. God's people are children who will not lie, who dare not lie, who hate and abhor lying. Take heed of anger and ungoverned passions. If there is just occasion to express displeasure at what is wrong, and to reprove, see that it be without sin. We give place to the devil, when the first motions of sin are not grievous to our souls; when we consent to them; and when we repeat an evil deed. This teaches that as sin, if yielded unto, lets in the devil upon us, we are to resist it, keeping from all appearance of evil. Idleness makes thieves. Those who will not work, expose themselves to temptations to steal. Men ought to be industrious, that they may do some good, and that they may be kept from temptation. They must labour, not only that they may live honestly, but that they may have to give to the wants of others. What then must we think of those called Christians, who grow rich by fraud, oppression, and deceitful practices! Alms, to be accepted of God, must not be gained by unrighteousness and robbery, but by honesty and industry. God hates robbery for burnt-offerings.
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