Ephesians 5:16
New International Version
making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

New Living Translation
Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.

English Standard Version
making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Berean Study Bible
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Berean Literal Bible
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

New American Standard Bible
making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

King James Bible
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Christian Standard Bible
making the most of the time, because the days are evil.

Contemporary English Version
These are evil times, so make every minute count.

Good News Translation
Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
making the most of the time, because the days are evil.

International Standard Version
making the best use of your time because the times are evil.

NET Bible
taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

New Heart English Bible
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who redeem their opportunities because the days are evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Make the most of your opportunities because these are evil days.

New American Standard 1977
making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

Jubilee Bible 2000
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

King James 2000 Bible
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

American King James Version
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

American Standard Version
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But as wise: redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Darby Bible Translation
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

English Revised Version
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Webster's Bible Translation
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Weymouth New Testament
Buy up your opportunities, for these are evil times.

World English Bible
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Young's Literal Translation
redeeming the time, because the days are evil;
Study Bible
Children of Light
15Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.…
Cross References
Galatians 1:4
who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

Ephesians 6:13
Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand.

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

Treasury of Scripture

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Redeeming.

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Romans 13:11
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Galatians 6:10
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

the days.

Ephesians 6:13,15
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand…

Psalm 37:19
They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

Ecclesiastes 11:2
Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.







Lexicon
redeeming
ἐξαγοραζόμενοι (exagorazomenoi)
Verb - Present Participle Middle - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1805: From ek and agorazo; to buy up, i.e. Ransom; figuratively, to rescue from loss.

the
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative 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.

time,
καιρόν (kairon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2540: Fitting season, season, opportunity, occasion, time. Of uncertain affinity; an occasion, i.e. Set or proper time.

because
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

the
αἱ (hai)
Article - Nominative 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.

days
ἡμέραι (hēmerai)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

are
εἰσιν (eisin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

evil.
πονηραί (ponērai)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 4190: Evil, bad, wicked, malicious, slothful.
(16) Redeeming the time.--Or rather, the opportunity, whenever it arises. The meaning of this phrase (used also in Colossians 4:5) is clearly illustrated by its use (although in a bad sense) in Daniel 2:8, "I know that you would gain the time"--i.e., catch the opportunity to escape from difficulty. To "redeem" is "to buy up for oneself"--not having essentially the idea of ransom or redemption, which attaches to the use of the word in Galatians 3:13; Galatians 4:5, only from the nature of the context. As applied to opportunity, it carries with it the idea, first of making sacrifice for it, then quickness in seizing it, and sagacity in using it to the utmost, whether by silence or by speech, by facing or avoiding danger, by yielding to a crisis (see Romans 12:11) or conquering it. The reason given that "the days are evil" must be taken in the widest sense, of all that induces temptation to swerve out of the "strictness" of the right way. The general lesson is that which is drawn by our Lord in the parable of the Unjust Steward--to apply the wisdom of the buyers and sellers of the world to the work of "the children of light."

Verse 16. - Redeeming the time, because the days are evil; or, buying up for yourselves the opportunity, the idea being that of a merchant who, knowing the value of an article and the good use to which he can put it, buys it up. The opportunity is the opportunity of spreading the light and acting according to it; and the reason assigned, "because the days are evil," indicates that, owing to the prevalence of evil, there is much need for the light over which the Christian has control. It may be hinted likewise that the prevalence of evil is apt to cool the love and diminish the zeal of the Christian; hence the need for special eagerness of spirit in the matter - he must greedily watch for his opportunity. 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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