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

New Living Translation
Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.

English Standard Version
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Berean Study Bible
Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Berean Literal Bible
And do not have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even expose them.

New American Standard Bible
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;

King James Bible
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Christian Standard Bible
Don't participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Contemporary English Version
Don't take part in doing those worthless things that are done in the dark. Instead, show how wrong they are.

Good News Translation
Have nothing to do with the worthless things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light. (

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead expose them.

International Standard Version
and have nothing to do with the unfruitful actions that darkness produces. Instead, expose them for what they are.

NET Bible
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

New Heart English Bible
Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither should you fellowship with the Servants of darkness, because they have no fruit in them, but you should rebuke them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Have nothing to do with the useless works that darkness produces. Instead, expose them for what they are.

New American Standard 1977
And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

King James 2000 Bible
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

American King James Version
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

American Standard Version
and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Darby Bible Translation
and do not have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather also reprove [them],

English Revised Version
and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them;

Webster's Bible Translation
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Weymouth New Testament
Have nothing to do with the barren unprofitable deeds of darkness, but, instead of that, set your faces against them;

World English Bible
Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them.

Young's Literal Translation
and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of the darkness and rather even convict,
Study Bible
Children of Light
10Test and prove what pleases the Lord. 11Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.…
Cross References
Proverbs 1:10
My son, if sinners entice you, do not yield to them.

Proverbs 28:4
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them.

John 3:20
Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

Acts 26:18
to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those sanctified by faith in Me.'

Romans 13:12
The night is nearly over; the day has drawn near. So let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

1 Corinthians 5:9
I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people.

2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?

Ephesians 5:12
For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.

Colossians 1:12
giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.

1 Timothy 5:20
But those who persist in sin should be rebuked in front of everyone, so that the others will stand in fear of sin.

1 Timothy 5:22
Do not be too quick in the laying on of hands and thereby share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

2 John 1:11
Whoever greets such a person shares in his evil deeds.

Treasury of Scripture

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

no.

Ephesians 5:7
Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

Genesis 49:5-7
Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations…

Psalm 1:1,2
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful…

unfruitful.

Proverbs 1:31
Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

Isaiah 3:10,11
Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings…

Romans 6:21
What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

works.

Ephesians 4:22
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Job 24:13-17
They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof…

John 3:19-21
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil…

but.

Genesis 20:16
And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.

Leviticus 19:17
Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

Psalm 141:5
Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.







Lexicon
Have no fellowship with
συνκοινωνεῖτε (synkoinōneite)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4790: From sun and koinoneo; to share in company with, i.e. Co-participate in.

the
τοῖς (tois)
Article - Dative Neuter 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.

fruitless
ἀκάρποις (akarpois)
Adjective - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 175: Unfruitful, barren, profitless. Barren.

deeds
ἔργοις (ergois)
Noun - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2041: From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.

of darkness,
σκότους (skotous)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4655: Darkness, either physical or moral. From the base of skia; shadiness, i.e. Obscurity.

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

rather
μᾶλλον (mallon)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3123: More, rather. Neuter of the comparative of the same as malista; more) or rather.

expose [them].
ἐλέγχετε (elenchete)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1651: (a) I reprove, rebuke, discipline, (b) I expose, show to be guilty. Of uncertain affinity; to confute, admonish.
(11) Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.--To "have no fellowship" with such works is not to refuse to take part in them (for this surely might be taken for granted), but to keep no terms with them, to have no sympathy or indulgence or excuse for them. So the word is used, in Philippians 4:14, of "communicating with my affliction;" and in Revelation 18:4, of "being partakers with the sins" of Babylon. It is through such weak or cowardly indulgence, more than the actual love of evil, that sin is suffered to prevail. Hence St. Paul adds, "rather reprove them." Our Lord Himself has declared in all such cases, "He that is not with Me is against Me."

The unfruitful works of darkness.--St. Paul has a similar antithesis in the Epistle to the Romans (Romans 6:19-22). They who are in sin "yield their members servants to iniquity unto iniquity." Iniquity has no result but iniquity; and hence he goes on to ask, "What fruit had ye then in those things of which ye are now ashamed?" This weary fruitlessness is at once the sign and the penalty of sin, so that men have fancied it to be one chief element of the suffering of the lost. But they who are in Christ "yield their members servants to righteousness unto holiness." "They have," he says, "their fruit unto holiness" now, and "in the end the everlasting life," which is everlasting holiness. Similarly, in Galatians 5:20-22, we have "the works of the flesh," but "the fruit of the Spirit." Rarely, indeed, does Scripture speak of "evil fruit" (Matthew 7:17; Matthew 12:33). Generally, "to be unfruitful" is an all-sufficient condemnation. "Every branch that beareth not fruit he taketh away" (John 15:2).

Rather reprove them.--In the word "reprove," whether in its application to the witness of the Holy Ghost (John 16:8), or to the witness of men (as in 1Corinthians 14:24; 1Timothy 5:20; Titus 1:9-13, et al.), there is described a double function--to "convince," if it may be, the sinner in himself; to "convict" him, if the other function fails, before men and angels. Both these functions St. Paul urges here. It is not enough to "have no fellowship with them." To this tacit reproof open reproof in word and deed is to be added; only in such reproof it should be remembered that it would be disgraceful "even to speak" in detail of the actual "things done in secret."

Verse 11. - And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. The point of this exhortation is in the adjective "unfruitful." The works of darkness are unfruitful; they produce no goodness, give rise to no satisfaction, to no moral results that are "a joy forever;" or, if fruit they have, it is shame, remorse, despair. Contrast this with the renovating, satisfying, joy-producing, fruits of righteousness. But rather even reprove them. Do not be content with a passive attitude towards them, but take the aggressive and expose their wickedness, whether in public or in the domestic circle. A testimony has to be lifted up against ways that are so shameful and that bring down the wrath of God. 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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