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

  • Bruce
    Kent:Disciple:one being taught,learning scripture. An Apostle: sent to bring the gospel to others the way of salvation making disciples. Today we're called:The Body, The Church, Believers. We are Disciples Apostles for we are learning teaching. In who we have Redemption through His Blood,even the forgiveness of sins:Colossians1:14 /called:John 6:44 forgiving:1John 1:9 / changed:2Corinthians 5:17
  • Tim
    I try to live my life by Eph. 4:32. Been my life's creed most of my life.
  • Felicia
    To Juarez
    Thank God we have the Holy Spirit who is always with us in our walk with the Lord. If we are going to depend on our own efforts to fulfill the demands of Scripture and please God we will never get there Jesus says "...apart from me you can do nothing" Jh 15:5 We pray to God in Jesus name and depend on the Holy Spirit to help us in all things it makes life easier.
  • A disciple
    Kent, YES but don't look for them to be splashed all over the internet, or on TV: as the true servants of Jesus will also walk in the steps of the Master, and not be seeking for people to recognize them. Like the Lord said; "the tree is known by its fruit;" to whomsoever God gives a gift, it will be from what is really put in him from God; and nothing manufactured by his own doings or methodology.
  • Kent
    in verse im so confused for what paul said , are there apostles and prophets today ?
  • BSP
    Verse 31 shows negative traits and behavior that we need to put away. We must learn to control our temper and our speech when dealing with others.

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