Ephesians 4:28

“Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Let him that stole, steale no more: but rather let him labour, working with his handes the thing which is good, that he may haue to giue to him that needeth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have {something} to share with one who has need.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have whereof to give to him that hath need.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let him who was a thief be so no longer, but let him do good work with his hands, so that he may have something to give to him who is in need.
- Basic English Bible

Let the stealer steal no more, but rather let him toil, working what is honest with [his] hands, that he may have to distribute to him that has need.
- Darby Bible

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
- Webster's Bible

He who has been a thief must steal no more, but, instead of that, should work with his own hands in honest industry, so that he may have something of which he can give the needy a share.
- Weymouth Bible

Let him who stole steal no more; but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have something to give to him who has need.
- World English Bible

He that stal, now stele he not; but more trauele he in worchinge with hise hondis that that is good, that he haue whereof he schal yyue to nedi.
- Wycliffe Bible

whoso is stealing let him no more steal, but rather let him labour, working the thing that is good with the hands, that he may have to impart to him having need.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 4:28


4:28 But rather let him labour - Lest idleness lead him to steal again. And whoever has sinned in any kind ought the more zealously to practise the opposite virtue. That he may have to give - And so be no longer a burden and nuisance, but a blessing, to his neighbours.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 4:28


Eph 4:28 Let him that stole. All sorts of sinners had been converted among the Gentiles, even thieves. In this exhortation, "To put off the old man and his deeds" (Eph 4:22), this class is embraced also by name. Let him labour. Honest labor is the best antidote to a dishonest life. Every man is to labor in order that he may not only supply his needs, but have that which he can give.

Discussion for Ephesians 4

  • Gbadebo Titilope Timothy GTT
    One tree,many abiding branches, realise yourself in Christ, be committed and faithful
  • Irene123
    V. 26 - I had read this verse many times and - I knew it was possible to do, to be angry (really angry, not just miffed) and sin not - because the Bible says so. BUT - I just couldn't imagine how. I found out how a couple of days ago. My husband is anti God. He was trying to be a 'mini' dictator to our FORTY-SIX yr. old son!! I told him it was our son's decision, not his. but, I didn't 'lose' it
  • Rich Kay
    As believers we are charged to always speak good and not evil,to others and about all things,in order to encourage others in the Lord.
  • Sandra sargent
    Verse 32: says be ye kind one to another, forgiving one another as our Father forgives us. This verse really touches me because we need to forgive, love, and be kindhearted toward one another. Hallelujah!! Praise God!! In the name of Jesus..
  • Errol Munroe
    The Bible teaches us to obey the words and the wisdom God and to love thy neighbor as thy self . God bless
  • Wayne
    One Lord, one faith, one baptism.

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