Ephesians 4:18

“Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hauing the vnderstanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindnesse of their heart:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Whose thoughts are dark, to whom the life of God is strange because they are without knowledge, and their hearts have been made hard;
- Basic English Bible

being darkened in understanding, estranged from the life of God by reason of the ignorance which is in them, by reason of the hardness of their hearts,
- Darby Bible

Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
- Webster's Bible

with darkened understandings, having by reason of the ignorance which is deep-seated in them and the insensibility of their moral nature, no share in the Life which God gives.
- Weymouth Bible

being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their hearts;
- World English Bible

that han vndurstondyng derkned with derknessis, and ben alienyd fro the lijf of God, bi ignoraunce that is in hem, for the blyndenesse of her herte.
- Wycliffe Bible

being darkened in the understanding, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 4:18


4:18 Having their understanding darkened, through the ignorance that is in them - So that they are totally void of the light of God, neither have they any knowledge of his will. Being alienated from the life of God - Utter strangers to the divine, the spiritual life. Through the hardness of their hearts - Callous and senseless. And where there is no sense, there can be no life.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 4:18


Eph 4:18 Having the understanding darkened. He shows how the Gentiles walk in vanity. They are in darkness, unenlightened by the gospel. Alienated from the life of God. Without the spiritual life that comes from knowing God. Because of blindness of their heart. The idea is a willful blindness.

Discussion for Ephesians 4:18

  • Brianna for verse 18
    The nations, are in ignorance. Satan has blinded the mind of unbelievers. What good is bad, and what is bad is good. Today 's free thinking attitude, that everything is "relative ", there is no right or wrong, is darkened understanding. It is ignorant to Jehovah God 's standards that are laid out in the Bible. People are accustomed to making up what they think is right, and live by their own imperfect principles. This alienates them from God.
  • Shirley for verse 18
    My understanding is we are losted because of the knowledge of God. It takes the whole body of Christ too function together, because God did not intend for us to exist without each other. God has formed us, filled us and now He wants to make us all as a body to function together. We need each other, therefore, we cannot disconnect our body from Christ.
  • Anthony Peters for verse 18
    People are destroyed for lack of the Knowledge of God, SOME REFUSE THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, GOD HAS TURNED SOME OVER TO REPROBATION, BECAUSE THEY DIDNOT LIKE TO RETAIN GOD IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE
  • Anonymous for verse 18
    walking in self-righteousness and not in God's righteousness caused them to have their hearts and minds darkened. This leads to a reprobate mind if not repented of in sincerity and truth.

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