Ephesians 5:18

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And bee not drunke with wine, wherein is excesse: but bee filled with the Spirit:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And do not take overmuch wine by which one may be overcome, but be full of the Spirit;
- Basic English Bible

And be not drunk with wine, in which is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit,
- Darby Bible

And be not drunk with wine, in which is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
- Webster's Bible

Do not over-indulge in wine--a thing in which excess is so easy--
- Weymouth Bible

Don't be drunken with wine, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
- World English Bible

And nyle ye be drunkun of wyn, in which is letcherie, but be ye fillid with the Hooli Goost; and speke ye to you silf in salmes,
- Wycliffe Bible

and be not drunk with wine, in which is dissoluteness, but be filled in the Spirit,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 5:18


5:18 Wherein is excess - That is, which leads to debauchery of every kind. But be ye filled with the Spirit - In all his graces, who gives a more noble pleasure than wine can do.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 5:18


Eph 5:18 Be not drunk with wine. Wine was at that time the usual intoxicating drink. The passage forbids intoxication, which was a common vice of the time. Wherein is excess. "Riot", in the Revised Version. How true! Enjoyment is not to be sought, as the world seeks it, in wine, but rather in being "filled with the Spirit". Then your songs will not be bacchanalian.

Discussion for Ephesians 5

  • Corlis Ferguson
    When praying for a word to give you the Lord laid Ephesians 5 on my heart. When I read it I began to pick out certain scriptures and the Lord would whisper "No, I said Ephesians 5" So I believe the Lord wants you to read the whole chapter. I love you, Randy......always will.
  • Gregory Washington
    It's. just what l needed
  • Thelma Denson
    I enjoy reading the chapter letting us no that you can't live any kind of way if you are serving God.
  • Ahuwa Chiamaka
    We should always live the way that God wants us to live
  • Wayne
    Shun the very appearance of evil. Always look the other way. Praise The Lord, the power is in Christ Jesus!!! Look up, lift up your heads, our Redemption draweth nigh!
  • Bill
    Ephesians 5:3
    Can I challenge you to think like Paul is challenging us to think? God"s plan is that we not allow fornication, or uncleanness, or covetousness into our lives. NOT ONE TIME. No pornography at all. NONE. No worldly movie at all. NONE. How in the world do we accomplish this in this particular generation? Memorize and meditate on this verse and others like it.

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