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

  • Irene123
    Eph. 5:21 - "Since God is the source of all power, authority; when we submit to His Word we submit to Him. Yes, submit. By using the 'S' word God is saying, "I am not saying you have to like it before you do it." Matt. 11:30. All power; the simple act of being able to use our jaws to chew, to talk, to point a finger at an object, to scratch your toes together when they itch; He's the source .....
  • 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 5:7 BE NOT YOU THEREFORE PARTAKERS WITH THEM
  • BSP
    We should thank God for all the good that we are able to enjoy. Jehovah a God has given us the gift of life and any good that we enjoy is truly because he allows us to exist.
  • I AM
    Whoso privily slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him that has a high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, says the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee. And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.
  • Irene123
    V. Ship - I really enjoyed your message on Eph.; It was 'refreshing' - to say the least - LOL.
  • LadyA
    LOVE THE LORD GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR MIND AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL.

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