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

  • KABULA MICHEAL
    Its very interesting, thanx alot
  • Angel Hernandez
    This chapter is a reminder of the way we supposed to live our lives. It's the way to perfection and we must followed,we must walk the way Jesus walk on this earth.
  • Daisy Broussard
    It's a blessing to have and in the knowledge is fulfilling
  • Gaelle Engome
    Verse 29 Is soo sp cial to me bcuz it makes understand the power of our tongues . Wat we say is wat will happen in the long run or our future days to come. Soo its important to always confess positvely no matter what circumstance we may face. The devil is ready act by our confessions.
  • Wayne
    Verse 26, is speaking to the brothers and sisters in the faith. He is talking about being angry with a believer. And we are not to be angry at a member of the church without a cause or we are considered murderers. Love love love. The power is in Christ alone. We ourselves are helpless. He is our strength.
  • Lu2677
    God says don't let the sun go down on your anger. Be slow to anger.
    Put the things of V.31 away from you. Elsewhere he says "turn the other cheek.
    Don't look to the left or to the right after every doctrine that comes along, do not be tossed to and fro.

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