New Living Translation
For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!
King James Bible
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Darby Bible Translation
for ye were once darkness, but now light in the Lord; walk as children of light,
World English Bible
For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light,
Young's Literal Translation
for ye were once darkness, and now light in the Lord; as children of light walk ye,
Ephesians 5:8 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
5:8 Ye were once darkness - Total blindness and ignorance. Walk as children of light - Suitably to your present knowledge.
'Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.'--Eph. v. 10. These words are closely connected with those which precede them in the 8th verse--'Walk as children of light.' They further explain the mode by which that commandment is to be fulfilled. They who, as children of light, mindful of their obligations and penetrated by its brightness, seek to conform their active life to the light to which they belong, are to do so by making experiment of, or investigating and determining, what is 'acceptable …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John
Unfruitful Works of Darkness
Sleepers at Noonday
What Children of Light Should Be
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them.
Who among you fears the LORD and obeys his servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the LORD and rely on your God.
Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.
"The rich man had to admire the dishonest rascal for being so shrewd. And it is true that the children of this world are more shrewd in dealing with the world around them than are the children of the light.
Jesus replied, "My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going.
Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light." After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.
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