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

  • 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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