Ephesians 2:9

“Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Not of workes, lest any man should boast.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

not of works, that no man should glory.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Not by works, so that no man may take glory to himself.
- Basic English Bible

not on the principle of works, that no one might boast.
- Darby Bible

Not by works, lest any man should boast.
- Webster's Bible

so that it may be impossible for any one to boast.
- Weymouth Bible

not of works, that no one would boast.
- World English Bible

not of werkis, that no man haue glorie.
- Wycliffe Bible

not of works, that no one may boast;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 2:9


2:9 Not by works - Neither this faith nor this salvation is owing to any works you ever did, will, or can do.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 2:9


Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. The salvation is not due to works of law, or to our own merit; hence there is no ground for boasting.

Discussion for Ephesians 2

  • Shirley Robinson-Allen
    This is a great chapter. It tell of God's mercy in that while we were sinners He sent His son to die for us so that we who believe on Him might be saved. As His chosen ones we need to serve Him, love our neighbors and do good to all men. In other words we should treat all God's children as brothers and sisters. To God be the glory great things He has done. He loved us so much He gave us His son.
  • Min. Sally Wheeler
    We are blessed to have a LORD who took upon Himself flesh, who preached the truth, then made that ultimate sacrifice on the cross for us. His blessings kept coming, He offers salvation as a free gift to all men who believe in Him. That's not including His righteousness. When God gives mercy, He certainly gives it.

    Glory to God!
    Alleluia!
    Thank You, Almighty God! Thank You!!!
  • Compare this and 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 "the mystery of lawlessness", and Colossians 3:5-7, with 1 John 3:4, which us the definition of sin. Furthermore,the whole letter of 1 John ties God's law together with love. An analogy would be: An Archer who is aiming at the target of righteousness God's ten commandments , contrasted with the one who is aiming at another target unrighteousness . Neither hit the bullseye perfectly 100 of the time, but each practice shooting one or the other target.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    RESTORE ! RESTORE ! RESTORE ! OH HEAVENLY ABBA DAD AND GOD ALMIGHTY YAHWEH, IN AND THROUGH YOUR SON OUR GLORIOUS LORD AND MAJESTY KING SUPREME TO COME, CHRIST YESHUA, JESUS, GLORY AMEN AND AMEN INDEED ! THE DREADFUL AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD IS TRULY AT HAND FOR THIS VERY REASON AS IT WAS BACK IN THEIR DAY AND TIME. RAISE UP AND SEND FORTH YOUR CHOSEN SERVENT FOR THY NAMES SAKE AND FULFILL ALL THINGS IN THIS END OF THE AGE OF THE GENTILES TO YOUR EVERLASTING GLORY AMEN AND AMEN INDEED ! SHALOM ISRAEL ZION AMEN ! God Bless and be with you ! Shalom yedda dim beloved one .
  • Ezekiel Johnson
    Paul's statement here in verse 8 " For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:", does not negate, cancel out, or make null and void our need to be baptized in the name of Jesus in order to receive forgiveness of sins, as he shared with the disciples of John the Baptist he met in Acts 19:1-6. In its proper context here, Paul is pointing all glory back to the one who made salvation a possibility for us who were dead in our trespasses and sins. Simply put, Christ didn't have to become the sacrifice and if he did not, there would be nothing that we could ever do to change our eternal destination. However, because he did die and paid the price for our sins, in the book of Acts, when the disciples, on order from Jesus were confronted by people needing salvation they always spell out quite clearly and simplistically what one must do. 1. REPENT 2. BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS 3. RECEIVE THE IN-FILLING OF GOD'S SPIRIT EVIDENCED BY SPEAKING IN OTHER TONGUES AS HIS SPIRIT PROVIDES THE WORDS. These instruction that were given by Peter with the eleven Apostles in agreement , Phillip, Ananias, Paul, ect. in the the book of Acts.
  • Minnie Evans for verse 8
    Faith is in my heart. God gave me the gift of grace for my salvation. To save me from my sins.

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