Ephesians 4:29

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Let no corrupt communication proceede out of your mouth, but that which is good to the vse of edifying, that it may minister grace vnto the hearers.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such {a word} as is good for edification according to the need {of the moment,} so that it will give grace to those who hear.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let no evil talk come out of your mouth, but only what is good for giving necessary teaching, and for grace to those who give ear.
- Basic English Bible

Let no corrupt word go out of your mouth, but if [there be] any good one for needful edification, that it may give grace to those that hear [it].
- Darby Bible

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.
- Webster's Bible

Let no unwholesome words ever pass your lips, but let all your words be good for benefiting others according to the need of the moment, so that they may be a means of blessing to the hearers.
- Weymouth Bible

Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for building up as the need may be, that it may give grace to those who hear.
- World English Bible

Ech yuel word go not of youre mouth; but if ony is good to the edificacioun of feith, that it yyue grace to men that heren.
- Wycliffe Bible

Let no corrupt word out of your mouth go forth, but what is good unto the needful building up, that it may give grace to the hearers;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 4:29


4:29 But that which is good - Profitable to the speaker and hearers. To the use of edifying - To forward them in repentance, faith, or holiness. That it may minister grace - Be a means of conveying more grace into their hearts. Hence we learn, what discourse is corrupt, as it were stinking in the nostrils of God; namely, all that is not profitable, not edifying, not apt to minister grace to the hearers.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 4:29


Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth. What is rotten. Anything that will demoralize others. Obscene, licentious, or immoral language is forbidden. All that the Christian speaks should be that which is good to the use of edifying, building the hearers up in Christ.

Discussion for Ephesians 4:29

  • Augustin gwazanga for verse 29
    The lord is my Shepherd.
  • Thank everybody for your words and expressions. Before i knew God, i cursed a lot. I 'm still struggling with it, but i have gotten a lot better. It is just a bad habit for me, a part of my vocabulary that i am really trying to change. I love this bible verse.
  • MockingBird for verse 29
    Corrupt communication is anything that does not edify. Edify : exhort :with all longsuffering : Speak the truth in love : in the word of God. I believe that this scripture is a every day accurance and to be bathed in prayer for myself to do. The tongue can no man tame but with help of Holy Spirit I can. I praise God that He does not leave me alone to do what He says to do. I cannot do it by myself.
  • That our lives and words can win soul 's
  • This verse shows how important it is to watch what we say. People say so many vulgar and filthy things today and they completely disregard this scripture. This shows that God judges us not only for what we do but also for what we say.
  • C.Peavy for verse 29
    To be very honest, I struggled with this particular chapter at first. Only because I'm always a person who wants to negotiate. I didn't like the first part of this chapter, but the second part I could do...lol; it was just a process. By the grace of GOD I'll get it together.