Ephesians 5:17

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherefore be ye not vnwise, but vnderstanding what the will of the Lord is.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For this reason, then, do not be foolish, but be conscious of the Lord's pleasure.
- Basic English Bible

For this reason be not foolish, but understanding what [is] the will of the Lord.
- Darby Bible

Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
- Webster's Bible

On this account do not prove yourselves wanting in sense, but try to understand what the Lord's will is.
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore don't be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
- World English Bible

Therfor nyle ye be maad vnwise, but vndurstondynge which is the wille of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

because of this become not fools, but -- understanding what [is] the will of the Lord,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 5:17


5:17 What the will of the Lord is - In every time, place, and circumstance.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 5:17


Eph 5:17 Be ye not unwise. That is, so foolish as to not understand the will of the Lord.

Discussion for Ephesians 5

  • Paul Denny
    I believe your question is sincere! The world were framed by the words of God. What we say can have a constructive or destructive results. There is nothing wrong in writing, you just have to make sure your narrative reflect a positive result. Always let God lead you in everything you do. Ask yourself this question, is what I write about please God. Read Proverbs 18:21. Hope this answer helps.
  • Dewey J
    Varoojan, Gen: 26:5,6 '' And Abraham was a hundred years old....when his son Isaac was born.v6 Sarah said the Lord hath me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me. Pr. 17:22, A merry heart doth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit direth the the bones. To jest mean here to mock or belittle someone. Issac mean laughter praise GOD in the highest.
  • Varoojan
    Regarding Epesians 5:4

    It is written: Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

    I'm concerned. I'm unemployed and trying to make money selling a full-length animated comedy screenplay.

    My question is, would I be in contrary to God's will or word writing a comedy? (the phrase nor jesting appears in verse 5:4) Please help.
  • BettyG
    Eph. 5:6-8; Thank-you; enjoy
  • Alex
    IMO EPH 5/27 ANSWERS TO THE TRANSFIGURATION SCRIPTURES, ON THE MOUNT THERE HE WAS PRESENTING TO GOD A GLORIOUS CHURCH WITHOUT SPOT R WRINKLE His raiment that was WHITE AS SNOW is us Sinners,isa. says tho your Sins be as scarlet THEY SHALL BE WHITE AS SNOW, YA MEMBER HE WAS CLOTHED WITH A VESTURE DIPPED IN BLOOD, WE ARE HIS VESTURE MADE WHITE AS SNOW BY HIS BLOOD,I WAS NAKED AND YOU CLOTHED ME.
  • Alex
    Christ is gonna present to HIMSELF ( GOD ) A GLORIOUS CHURCH WITHOUT SPOT OR WRINKLE,WHEN HE WAS ON THE MOUNT OF TRANSFIGURATION ITS PROPHETIC OF WHEN HE WD PRESENT TO GOD A GLORIOUS CHURCH WITHOUT SPOT OF WRINKLE, HIS RAIMENT THAT WAS WHITE AS SNOW IS HIS CHURCH. ISA. SAID THO YOUR SINS BE AS SCARLET THEY SHALL BE WHITE AS SNOW THATS US SINNERS. I WAS NAKED AND YOU CLOTHED ME, WE ARE HIS VESTURE.

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