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

  • Ray321
    John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. AMEN
  • Geraldine cole
    Praise another day the Lord Jesus has been merciful to us let us rejoice in it honor him love one another and be truthful to all people study the word ask for understanding let not look down on anyone or mistreat anyone why Jesus is looking down on the Earth we shall reap what we have sowd out .remember if u are saved it was not u who saved u it was Jesus who draw u to him
  • Ray321
    1 John 4:1-2 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: The Word of God will deliver us from evil. The Word is Alive.
  • Steve morrow
    EPHESIANS 5:6 LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU WITH VAIN WORDS FOR BECAUSE OF THESE THINGS COMETH THE WRATH OF GOD UPON THE CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE 1 JOHN 3:10 IN THIS THE --- CHILDREN OF GOD ARE MANIFEST AND THE CHILDREN OF the devil WHOSOEVER DOETH NOT RIGHTEOUSNESS --- IS NOT OF GOD ---NEITHER HE THAT LOVETH NOT HIS BROTHER
  • Ray321
    The Word of God is Holy and the only truth that we can trust. 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ I thank God for the cleansing of the Word of God. Reading the Word is very powerful. Thank you Father for your Word of Truthfulness. Love in Christ
  • BSP
    Verse 26: God's Word cleanses us both morally and spiritually. We should make Bible reading a daily habit.

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