Ephesians 5:15

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

See then that yee walke circumspectly, not as fooles, but as wise,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Take care then how you are living, not as unwise, but as wise;
- Basic English Bible

See therefore how ye walk carefully, not as unwise but as wise,
- Darby Bible

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
- Webster's Bible

Therefore be very careful how you live and act. Let it not be as unwise men, but as wise.
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise;
- World English Bible

Therfor, britheren, se ye, hou warli ye schulen go;
- Wycliffe Bible

See, then, how exactly ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 5:15


5:15 Circumspectly - Exactly, with the utmost accuracy, getting to the highest pitch of every point of holiness. Not as fools - Who think not where they are going, or do not make the best of their way.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 5:15


Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly. The Revised Version makes the meaning clear: "Look therefore carefully how ye walk".

Discussion for Ephesians 5:15

  • Valorie for verse 15
    Let your steps be lead of god
  • Paul was exhorting Christians to use their time wisely in caring for spiritual interests, but the principle can be helpful in many important activities of life.
  • Rev. Autrey for verse 15
    Verses 15-16 are translated in another version as, "So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days." Let me explain.

    These are good works inspired in us by the Holy Spirit. That is, we do them because Christ lives in us, and the Holy Spirit inspires us to please him. But these "good works" do not remove the sins that we have already committed, or the ones we will commit in the future. The death of Jesus pay's our sin debt. That is, his blood flows like a fountain and washed our sins away. So what what is the purpose of our good works?

    Sin is like a sea of quicksand. The more we try on our own to pull ourselves out the deeper we sink. But Jesus comes along and says "I am God and I have come to save you." He, then, pulls us out and saves our life. And because of this we are so greatful for being spared we say to Jesus, "Thank you for saving me. Yes, thank you Lord." And I promise that from now own I will always please you in everything I do and say so I won't fall in again. The Holy Spirit inspires us in this. This is the purpose of our good works. They show that we want to pleade God.

    Thank you for reading.

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