Ephesians 5:15
New International Version
Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise,

New Living Translation
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.

English Standard Version
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,

Berean Study Bible
Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore carefully take heed how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,

New American Standard Bible
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,

King James Bible
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Christian Standard Bible
Pay careful attention, then, to how you live--not as unwise people but as wise--

Contemporary English Version
Act like people with good sense and not like fools.

Good News Translation
So be careful how you live. Don't live like ignorant people, but like wise people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk--not as unwise people but as wise--

International Standard Version
So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise,

NET Bible
Therefore be very careful how you live--not as unwise but as wise,

New Heart English Bible
Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
See therefore that you walk honorably, not as the fools, but as the wise,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So then, be very careful how you live. Don't live like foolish people but like wise people.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise,

Jubilee Bible 2000
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

King James 2000 Bible
See then that you walk carefully, not as fools, but as wise,

American King James Version
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

American Standard Version
Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise;

Douay-Rheims Bible
See therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly: not as unwise,

Darby Bible Translation
See therefore how ye walk carefully, not as unwise but as wise,

English Revised Version
Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise;

Webster's Bible Translation
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore be very careful how you live and act. Let it not be as unwise men, but as wise.

World English Bible
Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise;

Young's Literal Translation
See, then, how exactly ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise,
Study Bible
Children of Light
14So it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 15Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16redeeming the time, because the days are evil.…
Cross References
Proverbs 15:21
Folly is joy to one who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding walks a straight path.

Ephesians 5:2
and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.

Colossians 4:5
Act wisely toward outsiders, redeeming the time.

Treasury of Scripture

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

See.

Ephesians 5:33
Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Matthew 8:4
And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Matthew 27:4,24
Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that

walk.

Exodus 23:13
And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.

Matthew 10:16
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

1 Corinthians 14:20
Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

not.

2 Samuel 24:10
And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.

Job 2:10
But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

Psalm 73:22
So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.







Lexicon
Pay careful
ἀκριβῶς (akribōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 199: Carefully, exactly, strictly, distinctly. Adverb from the same as akribestatos; exactly.

attention,
Βλέπετε (Blepete)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 991: (primarily physical), I look, see, perceive, discern. A primary verb; to look at.

then,
οὖν (oun)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3767: Therefore, then. Apparently a primary word; certainly, or accordingly.

to how
πῶς (pōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 4459: Adverb from the base of pou; an interrogative particle of manner; in what way?; also as exclamation, how much!

you walk,
περιπατεῖτε (peripateite)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4043: From peri and pateo; to tread all around, i.e. Walk at large; figuratively, to live, deport oneself, follow.

not
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

as
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

unwise
ἄσοφοι (asophoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 781: Unskilled, unwise, foolish. Unwise.

but
ἀλλ’ (all’)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

as
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

wise,
σοφοί (sophoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4680: Wise, learned, cultivated, skilled, clever. Akin to saphes; wise.
(15) See then that ye walk (properly, how ye walk) circumspectly.--The word rendered "circumspectly" is properly strictly, or accurately--generally used of intellectual accuracy or thoroughness (as in Matthew 2:8; Luke 1:3; Acts 18:25; Acts 18:28; 1Thessalonians 5:2); only here and in Acts 26:5 ("the straitest sect of our religion") of moral strictness. The idea, therefore, is not of looking round watchfully against dangers, but of "seeing," that is, being careful, "how we walk strictly;" of finding out the clear line of right, and then keeping to it strictly, so as not "to run uncertainly." In the corresponding passage in the Colossian Epistle (Colossians 4:5) a similar admonition has especial reference "to those without," and bids us have a resolute unity of aim, a distinct religious profession, amidst all the bewildering temptations of the world. Here it is more general; it bids men not to trust wholly to general rightness of heart, in which "the spirit is willing," but to be watchful over themselves, and to be a law to themselves, "because the flesh is weak."

Not as fools, but as wise.--This still further explains the "strictness," for "wisdom" is the practical knowledge of the true end and purpose of life. (See above, Ephesians 1:8.) He who has it not, whatever his intellectual and spiritual gifts, is "unwise."

Verse 15. - Take heed then how ye walk strictly. The construction is somewhat peculiar, combining two ideas - see that you walk strictly, but consider well the kind of strictness. Do not walk loosely, without fixed principles of action; but make sure that your rules are of the true kind. Many are strict who are not wisely strict; they have rules, but not good rules. Not as unwise, but as wise. This rendering brings out the force of ἄσοφοι and σοφυὶ: "fools" (A.V.) is rather strong, for it is not utter folly that is reproved, but easy-mindedness, want of earnest consideration in a matter so infinitely vital, so as to know what is truly best. 5:15-21 Another remedy against sin, is care, or caution, it being impossible else to maintain purity of heart and life. Time is a talent given us by God, and it is misspent and lost when not employed according to his design. If we have lost our time heretofore, we must double our diligence for the future. Of that time which thousands on a dying bed would gladly redeem at the price of the whole world, how little do men think, and to what trifles they daily sacrifice it! People are very apt to complain of bad times; it were well if that stirred them more to redeem time. Be not unwise. Ignorance of our duty, and neglect of our souls, show the greatest folly. Drunkenness is a sin that never goes alone, but carries men into other evils; it is a sin very provoking to God. The drunkard holds out to his family and to the world the sad spectacle of a sinner hardened beyond what is common, and hastening to perdition. When afflicted or weary, let us not seek to raise our spirits by strong drink, which is hateful and hurtful, and only ends in making sorrows more felt. But by fervent prayer let us seek to be filled with the Spirit, and to avoid whatever may grieve our gracious Comforter. All God's people have reason to sing for joy. Though we are not always singing, we should be always giving thanks; we should never want disposition for this duty, as we never want matter for it, through the whole course of our lives. Always, even in trials and afflictions, and for all things; being satisfied of their loving intent, and good tendency. God keeps believers from sinning against him, and engages them to submit one to another in all he has commanded, to promote his glory, and to fulfil their duties to each other.
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