Ephesians 5:4
New International Version
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

New Living Translation
Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes--these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.

English Standard Version
Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

Berean Study Bible
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk, or crude joking, which are out of character, but rather thanksgiving.

Berean Literal Bible
and filthiness, and foolish talking, or crude joking, which are not fitting, but rather thanksgiving.

New American Standard Bible
and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

King James Bible
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

Christian Standard Bible
Obscene and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks.

Contemporary English Version
Don't use dirty or foolish or filthy words. Instead, say how thankful you are.

Good News Translation
Nor is it fitting for you to use language which is obscene, profane, or vulgar. Rather you should give thanks to God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Coarse and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks.

International Standard Version
Obscene, flippant, or vulgar talk is totally inappropriate. Instead, let there be thanksgiving.

NET Bible
Neither should there be vulgar speech, foolish talk, or coarse jesting--all of which are out of character--but rather thanksgiving.

New Heart English Bible
nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not appropriate; but rather giving of thanks.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither abusive language, neither worthless words, nor of disgrace, nor of nonsense- these things that are unnecessary, but in place of these, thanksgiving.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It's not right that dirty stories, foolish talk, or obscene jokes should be mentioned among you either. Instead, give thanks [to God].

New American Standard 1977
and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

Jubilee Bible 2000
neither dishonest words nor foolishness nor low jesting, which are not convenient, but rather giving of thanks.

King James 2000 Bible
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not fitting: but rather giving of thanks.

American King James Version
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

American Standard Version
nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or obscenity, or foolish talking, or scurrility, which is to no purpose; but rather giving of thanks.

Darby Bible Translation
and filthiness and foolish talking, or jesting, which are not convenient; but rather thanksgiving.

English Revised Version
nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks.

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

Weymouth New Testament
Avoid shameful and foolish talk and low jesting--they are all alike discreditable--and in place of these give thanks.

World English Bible
nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not appropriate; but rather giving of thanks.

Young's Literal Translation
also filthiness, and foolish talking, or jesting, -- the things not fit -- but rather thanksgiving;
Study Bible
Imitators of God
3But among you, as is proper among the saints, there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed. 4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk, or crude joking, which are out of character, but rather thanksgiving. 5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure, or greedy person (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.…
Cross References
Proverbs 26:19
so is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"

Matthew 12:34
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.

Romans 1:28
Furthermore, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, He gave them up to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.

Ephesians 4:29
Let 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.

Ephesians 5:20
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 3:8
But now you must put aside all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth.

Philemon 1:8
So although in Christ I am bold enough to order you to do what is proper,

Treasury of Scripture

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

filthiness.

Ephesians 4:29
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Proverbs 12:23
A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

Proverbs 15:2
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

convenient.

Romans 1:28
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Philemon 1:8
Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,

but.

Ephesians 5:19,20
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; …

Ephesians 1:16
Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

Psalm 33:1
Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.







Lexicon
[Nor should there be]
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

obscenity,
αἰσχρότης (aischrotēs)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 151: Obscenity, indecency, baseness. From aischros; shamefulness, i.e. Obscenity.

foolish talk,
μωρολογία (mōrologia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3473: Foolish talking. From a compound of moros and lego; silly talk, i.e. Buffoonery.

or
(ē)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2228: Or, than. A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.

crude joking,
εὐτραπελία (eutrapelia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2160: Low jesting, ribaldry. From a compound of eu and a derivative of the base of trope; witticism, i.e. ribaldry.

which
(ha)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

are out of character,
ἀνῆκεν (anēken)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 433: Is due, becoming, suitable, proper. From ana and heko; to attain to, i.e. be proper.

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

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

thanksgiving.
εὐχαριστία (eucharistia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2169: Thankfulness, gratitude; giving of thanks, thanksgiving. From eucharistos; gratitude; actively, grateful language.
(4) Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting.--The word "filthiness" (unlike the "filthy communication" of the parallel passage in Colossians 3:8) is in itself a general word. But the connection with the words following, and the distinction from those going before, appear to show that St. Paul here uses it for "filthy talking." He is passing from impurity of the inward soul to impurity in outward expression. Of such foul speaking he appears to distinguish two forms. There is, first of all, "foolish talking," or the talk of "the fool," in the worst sense in which that word is used in Scripture (Matthew 5:22; Matthew 23:17), as implying something worse than mere emptiness or blindness--describing the condition of the soul which has "lost its savour" (Matthew 5:13), i.e., has ceased to distinguish what is right or wrong, wise or foolish, noble or base. There is then "jesting," i.e., properly, the more polished "versatility," which will find occasion for wit or levity in anything, however sacred, fearing nothing so much as to be dull, and mistaking all seriousness and reserve for dulness. It is notable that in classical Greek the word is sometimes used in a good sense, as a mean between "churlishness" and "obsequiousness," but yet hovers on the border of that condemnation which Christian gravity here pronounces unhesitatingly. The former kind of foul talking is coarse and brutal; the latter refined and deadly. Of both kinds Greek and Roman literature furnish specimens only too many and too striking.

Which are not convenient.--That is, "which are out of character" in a Christian--a milder repetition (perhaps suggested by the ambiguous meaning of "jesting" noted above) of the indignant declaration in Ephesians 5:3, that it "becomes not saints that these foul things should be even named among them." They pollute the Christian mind and tongue even in condemning them.

But rather giving of thanks.--The opposition is striking. "The foolish talking and jesting" aim at mirth and play of mind; St. Paul will not austerely condemn, such light-heartedness, but he finds a wholesome and spiritual vent for it in the habitual expression of thankfulness to God, which proceeds from a natural and childlike cheerfulness. Exactly in the same spirit below (Ephesians 5:18-20) he contrasts the excitement of drunkenness with the being "filled with the Spirit . . . giving thanks always for all things."

Verse 4. - And filthiness; αἰσχρότης, implying that such things are disgraceful, ugly, revolting, the opposite of καλός, fair, comely, attractive. And foolish talking or jesting, which are not becoming. This would be well understood in sensual, frivolous Ephesus; a light, bantering, jesting kind of talk, seasoned with double entendres and obscene allusions, very pernicious in its moral effect. There is no reason to suppose that the apostle meant to condemn all play of humor, which is a Divine gift, and which in moderation has its own useful place as a means of refreshing and invigorating the spirit; it was the jesting associated with ribaldry that drew his reproof. But rather giving of thanks. Αὐχαριστία is somewhat similar in sound to εὐτραπελία, jesting: the reason for putting the one in opposition to the other is not very apparent; the meaning seems to be that, in place of giving vent to lively feelings in frivolous talk and jesting, it is better for Christians to do so by pouring out their hearts in thanksgivings to God for all his goodness. 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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