Ephesians 5:10
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New International Version
and find out what pleases the Lord.

New Living Translation
Carefully determine what pleases the Lord.

English Standard Version
and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.

Berean Study Bible
Test and prove what pleases the Lord.

Berean Literal Bible
discerning what is well-pleasing to the Lord.

New American Standard Bible
trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

King James Bible
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Christian Standard Bible
testing what is pleasing to the Lord.

Contemporary English Version
as you try to please the Lord.

Good News Translation
Try to learn what pleases the Lord.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
discerning what is pleasing to the Lord.

International Standard Version
Determine what pleases the Lord,

NET Bible
trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

New Heart English Bible
proving what is well pleasing to the Lord.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Distinguish what is pleasing before Our Lord.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Determine which things please the Lord.

New American Standard 1977
trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

Jubilee Bible 2000
approving what is well pleasing unto the Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

American King James Version
Proving what is acceptable to the Lord.

American Standard Version
proving what is well-pleasing unto the Lord;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Proving what is well pleasing to God:

Darby Bible Translation
proving what is agreeable to the Lord;

English Revised Version
proving what is well-pleasing unto the Lord;

Webster's Bible Translation
Proving what is acceptable to the Lord.

Weymouth New Testament
and learn in your own experiences what is fully pleasing to the Lord.

World English Bible
proving what is well pleasing to the Lord.

Young's Literal Translation
proving what is well-pleasing to the Lord,
Study Bible
Children of Light
9for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. 10Test and prove what pleases the Lord. 11Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.…
Cross References
Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Colossians 1:10
so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

Treasury of Scripture

Proving what is acceptable to the Lord.


1 Samuel 17:39 And David girded his sword on his armor, and he assayed to go; for …

Romans 12:1,2 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you …

Philippians 1:10 That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere …

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.


Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable …

Proverbs 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Isaiah 58:5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict …

Jeremiah 6:20 To what purpose comes there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet …

Romans 14:18 For he that in these things serves Christ is acceptable to God, and …

Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus …

1 Timothy 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;

1 Timothy 5:4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to …

Hebrews 12:28 Why we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, …

1 Peter 2:5,20 You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy …

(10) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.--So in Romans 12:2, the "proving what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God," is the fruit of transformation "in the renewing of the mind." "To prove" is to try in each case, by the full light of God, what is accordant to His will; it is a work partly of thought, partly of practical experience; and it always implies a searching examination of heart and action by the touchstone of God's word.

Verse 10. - Proving what is well-pleasing to the Lord. A general rule applicable to the whole walk. To prove is to ascertain by test and experiment. Our whole walk should be directed to finding out what things are pleasing to Christ, rejecting at once everything that is not so, and clinging to all that is. We are not to follow the tradition of our people, and not to take a vague view of duty; we are to prove the matter, to put it to the test. For the supreme practical rule of the Christian's life must be to please Christ. Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. There are many things that are acceptable to God, as the person of Christ, his righteousness, sacrifice, sufferings, death, and mediation; the persons of his people, their services, sufferings, sacrifices of prayer, and praise to him, and of bounty and liberality to the poor; their graces, and the exercise of them; and the actions of their lives and conversations, when they are becoming the Gospel, are according to the will of God, and are done in faith, and are directed to his glory: and these things which are acceptable to God, as all the truths of the Gospel, and duties of religion are, should be proved, or tried by men; and in order to the trial of spiritual things, it is necessary that the mind be renewed, the understanding be enlightened, the spiritual senses be in exercise, and all be under the influence and directions of the Spirit of God: and the trial is to be made, not according to human reason, which is corrupt and fallible; and besides, there are some things in revelation above it; but according to the Scriptures, which are the word of God, and the rule of faith and practice; and whither the prophets, Christ, and his apostles, always sent men for the trial of divine things; and things being here tried, and found to be right, should be approved of, valued, and esteemed, cleaved to and held fast. 10. Proving—construed with "walk" (Eph 5:8; Ro 12:1, 2). As we prove a coin by the eye and the ear, and by using it, so by accurate and continued study, and above all by practice and experimental trial, we may prove or test "what is acceptable unto the Lord." This is the office of "light," of which believers are "children," to manifest what each thing is, whether sightly or unsightly.5:3-14 Filthy lusts must be rooted out. These sins must be dreaded and detested. Here are not only cautions against gross acts of sin, but against what some may make light of. But these things are so far from being profitable. that they pollute and poison the hearers. Our cheerfulness should show itself as becomes Christians, in what may tend to God's glory. A covetous man makes a god of his money; places that hope, confidence, and delight, in worldly good, which should be in God only. Those who allow themselves, either in the lusts of the flesh or the love of the world, belong not to the kingdom of grace, nor shall they come to the kingdom of glory. When the vilest transgressors repent and believe the gospel, they become children of obedience, from whom God's wrath is turned away. Dare we make light of that which brings down the wrath of God? Sinners, like men in the dark, are going they know not whither, and doing they know not what. But the grace of God wrought a mighty change in the souls of many. Walk as children of light, as having knowledge and holiness. These works of darkness are unfruitful, whatever profit they may boast; for they end in the destruction of the impenitent sinner. There are many ways of abetting, or taking part in the sins of others; by commendation, counsel, consent, or concealment. And if we share with others in their sins, we must expect to share in their plagues. If we do not reprove the sins of others, we have fellowship with them. A good man will be ashamed to speak of what many wicked men are not ashamed to do. We must have not only a sight and a knowledge that sin is sin, and in some measure shameful, but see it as a breach of God's holy law. After the example of prophets and apostles, we should call on those asleep and dead in sin, to awake and arise, that Christ may give them light.
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