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

  • Bja
    9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Kim, Ephesians 4 3:6 gives us the context; one spirit, one body of Christ (his church) is in unity, with a high calling of hope and peace. We are to be in unity of God's law. Contending for the faith.
  • Lu2677
    Hello Ivy, you wrote that sometimes in order to forgive, we have to forgive ourselves too. Can you give me the scripture that tells us this is true? Because I just read Ephesians 4, I searched this site for the word "forgive" and "forgiveness" I do not see where God commands or even suggests to us to forgive ourselves. We are commanded to repent of our sins. I am trying to help you with love.
  • Ivy
    Showing forgiveness sometimes is being kind to those who hurt you. Showing that you love them and your over it no matter what however sometimes in order to forgive sometimes we have to forgive ourselves to. God wants us to forgive not just others but ourselves for the mistakes God is still working on us.
  • Eph 4:22 speaks on total transformation.We need to fill our minds with the mind of Christ.Our new life in Him becomes so strong like a tree planted near the river.
  • Ruby L. Haggerty
    How does the church rushers relates to Ephesians chapter 4 verse 12 ?

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