Ephesians 5:4

“Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Neither filthinesse, nor foolish talking, nor iesting, which are not conuenient: but rather giuing of thankes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and {there must be no} filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And let there be no low behaviour, or foolish talk, or words said in sport, which are not right, but in place of them the giving of praise.
- Basic English Bible

and filthiness and foolish talking, or jesting, which are not convenient; but rather thanksgiving.
- Darby Bible

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
- Webster's Bible

Avoid shameful and foolish talk and low jesting--they are all alike discreditable--and in place of these give thanks.
- Weymouth Bible

nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not appropriate; but rather giving of thanks.
- World English Bible

ethir filthe, or foli speche, or harlatrye, that perteyneth not to profit, but more doyng of thankyngis.
- Wycliffe Bible

also filthiness, and foolish talking, or jesting, -- the things not fit -- but rather thanksgiving;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 5:4


5:4 Nor foolish talking - Tittle tattle, talking of nothing, the weather, fashions, meat and drink. Or jesting - The word properly means, wittiness, facetiousness, esteemed by the heathens an half - virtue. But how frequently even this quenches the Spirit, those who are tender of conscience know. Which are not convenient - For a Christian; as neither increasing his faith nor holiness.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 5:4


Eph 5:4 Filthiness. All kinds of indecency. Foolish talking. Buffoonery. Jesting. Wit of doubtful morality, words and suggestions of doubtful and double meaning. Are not convenient. Are not becoming. It is more becoming to Christians to engage in thanksgiving.

Discussion for Ephesians 5:4

  • Anonymous for verse 4
    If anything about this world standard is anything to by, we find that there is so much filthiness in words, actions even in our ways of life , believers are admonished not copy or conform to the standard of this world Roms 12:2, the church must as a matter of importance teach the believers to be honourable in their words and actions at the same time learn to give thanks to God in all things.
  • I pray that god may destroy the reprobate minds in His people. May you forgive me Lord for all my jesting
  • I agree but I must check my self too forgive me LORD
  • Apologies to all those I have subjected to my jesting over the years. That was bad. I should have known; I was enjoying myself too much.
  • I certainly dont agree with joking in church or in the pulpit. This is serious business. I hear too much joking and laughing of Christians these days.

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