Ephesians 5:1

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Be ye therefore followers of God, as deare children.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let it then be your desire to be like God, as well-loved children;
- Basic English Bible

Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children,
- Darby Bible

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
- Webster's Bible

Therefore be imitators of God, as His dear children.
- Weymouth Bible

Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children.
- World English Bible

Therfor be ye foloweris of God, as moost dereworthe sones;
- Wycliffe Bible

Become, then, followers of God, as children beloved,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 5:1


5:1 Be ye therefore followers - Imitators. Of God - In forgiving and loving. O how much more honourable and more happy, to be an imitator of God, than of Homer, Virgil, or Alexander the Great!


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 5:1


Eph 5:1 Duties Which Become the Children of God SUMMARY OF EPHESIANS 5: Walking in Love. Flee All Impurity. Let Speech Be Pure. Covetousness a Species of Idolatry. No Fellowship with the Wicked in Their Deeds. Enjoyment to Be Sought in the Spirit Rather Than in Wine. The Mutual Duties of Wives and Husbands. The Mystery of the Marriage Union and of Christ with the Church. Be ye therefore. "Therefore" refers to God's kindness, spoken of in Eph 4:32. Followers of God. Literally, imitators, "forgiving one another as God . . . hath forgiven you" (Eph 4:32). As dear children. As beloved children seek to do like their father.

Discussion for Ephesians 5

  • Irene123
    Eph. 5:21 - "Since God is the source of all power, authority; when we submit to His Word we submit to Him. Yes, submit. By using the 'S' word God is saying, "I am not saying you have to like it before you do it." Matt. 11:30. All power; the simple act of being able to use our jaws to chew, to talk, to point a finger at an object, to scratch your toes together when they itch; He's the source .....
  • Steve morrow
    EPHESIANS 5:6 LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU WITH VAIN WORDS FOR BECAUSE OF THESE THINGS COMETH THE WRATH OF GOD UPON THE CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE 5:7 BE NOT YOU THEREFORE PARTAKERS WITH THEM
  • BSP
    We should thank God for all the good that we are able to enjoy. Jehovah a God has given us the gift of life and any good that we enjoy is truly because he allows us to exist.
  • I AM
    Whoso privily slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him that has a high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, says the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee. And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.
  • Irene123
    V. Ship - I really enjoyed your message on Eph.; It was 'refreshing' - to say the least - LOL.
  • LadyA
    LOVE THE LORD GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR MIND AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL.

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