New International Version
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
King James 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],
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,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Have no fellowship - Have no religious connection whatever with heathens or their worship.
Unfruitful works of darkness - Probably alluding to the mysteries among the heathens, and the different lustrations and rites through which the initiated went in the caves and dark recesses where these mysteries were celebrated; all which he denominates works of darkness, because they were destitute of true wisdom; and unfruitful works, because they were of no use to mankind; the initiated being obliged, on pain of death, to keep secret what they had seen, heard, and done: hence they were called απορῥητα μυστηρια, unspeakable mysteries - things that were not to be divulged. That the apostle may refer to magic and incantations is also probable, for to these the Ephesians were greatly addicted. See the proofs in the notes on Acts 19:19.
Rather reprove them - Bear a testimony against them; convince them that they are wrong; confute them in their vain reasons; reprove them for their vices, which are flagrant, while pretending to superior illumination. All these meanings has the Greek word ελεγχω, which we generally render to convince or reprove.
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"Redeeming the time" (Eph. v. 16). Two little words are found in the Greek version here. They are translated "ton kairon" in the revised version, "Buying up for yourselves the opportunity." The two words ton kairon mean, literally, the opportunity. They do not refer to time in general, but to a special point of time, a juncture, a crisis, a moment full of possibilities and quickly passing by, which we must seize and make the best of before it has passed away. It is intimated that there are not …
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Redeeming the Time
My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.
Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.
Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.
to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
1 Corinthians 5:9
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people--
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
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