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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
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
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.
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.
Bob's comment on 2014-07-22 21:22:24:
The Bible extolls self control for the believer, after all we are Gods representatives. Drunkeness leads to, and shows, a lack of self control. His Word also warns us against excesses in our lives, and drunkeness is certainly the result of an excess. Whether a Christian can drink wine isn 't the point here, if it were we would simply read "Do not drink wine ". It is a warning not to be entrapped, but to be controlled only by the Holy Spirit.
John Amuzu's comment on 2011-06-08 06:34:20:
Wine in itself is not bad, but taken in excess can lead to bad behaviour,like roiting, debauchery, use of bad language, etc.Afterall it is used during Mass. Being drunk in the in the Spirit benefits one with the fruits and gifts of the spirit which are peace,love ,joy,patience, etc.
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