Ephesians 5:18

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And bee not drunke with wine, wherein is excesse: but bee filled with the Spirit:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And do not take overmuch wine by which one may be overcome, but be full of the Spirit;
- Basic English Bible

And be not drunk with wine, in which is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit,
- Darby Bible

And be not drunk with wine, in which is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
- Webster's Bible

Do not over-indulge in wine--a thing in which excess is so easy--
- Weymouth Bible

Don't be drunken with wine, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
- World English Bible

And nyle ye be drunkun of wyn, in which is letcherie, but be ye fillid with the Hooli Goost; and speke ye to you silf in salmes,
- Wycliffe Bible

and be not drunk with wine, in which is dissoluteness, but be filled in the Spirit,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 5:18


5:18 Wherein is excess - That is, which leads to debauchery of every kind. But be ye filled with the Spirit - In all his graces, who gives a more noble pleasure than wine can do.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 5:18


Eph 5:18 Be not drunk with wine. Wine was at that time the usual intoxicating drink. The passage forbids intoxication, which was a common vice of the time. Wherein is excess. "Riot", in the Revised Version. How true! Enjoyment is not to be sought, as the world seeks it, in wine, but rather in being "filled with the Spirit". Then your songs will not be bacchanalian.

Discussion for Ephesians 5

  • Dennis
    Full of inspirations
  • Monica
    I love this. It seems to me, that many people have forgotten, or perhaps, they never learned the true meaning of a real marriage. If this was true, the divorce rate would not be so high. If people would go back to the basic foundation, the scripture, one"a life would be easier--it would have to be.
  • Lilian
    God can only bless the Couple and bind them into one. Husband and the wife will become in one flesh. It is very important to have a legally married for the marriage in the church is sacrament where the house of witnessing. But above all this couple must walk in spirit and not in the flesh. Obey God's words and meditate them every day. If the Couple need Jesus then you have everything that u Need
  • Mark Rubenstein
    God said , " Let Us Create Man in Our Image " . Us Our is more then one ! Why ? As God made Adam Eve joined in holy marriage they became one flesh . God sows He is one God, Father Son Spirit, joined in 3 forms . We were made in His image , Body Soul Spirit . God wants us to be a team . As a team , ie. , the body of Christ , we can reflect His light to those in spiritual darkness ! " Hear all Israel the Lord, our God , the Lord is One " ! Unconditional love comes from Above !
  • Abogah
    It appears to me that the duty to love and to submit must go hand in hand and none should be demanded. I can imagine the difficulty of loving a non-submissive wife similarly the duty to reverence a non-loving husband. Both partners require the grace to fulfill their part of the requirements
  • Christopher ihe ijeoma
    Ephesians 5 speaks as a direct instruction from our MAKER on how to conduct ourselves in behavior, relationship and character.

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