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

  • 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.
  • BSP
    Verse 4: This shows that God will judge us based on what comes out of our mouths. What we say has an impact on the way that God views us.
  • A disciple
    "This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church." Jesus taught the contentious Jews (John 8) that being Abraham's seed didn't make them Children; but those walking after the same Spirit that Abraham walked those are the true Children. So with respect to being Children of God by faith in Jesus Christ our Lord it is known what kind we are by the kind of behavior and character.
  • 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 COLOSSIANS 2:8 BEWARE LEST --ANY MAN-- SPOIL YOU THROUGH PHILOSOPHY AND VAIN DECEIT AFTER THE TRADITION OF MEN AFTER THE RUDIMENTS OF THE WORLD AND NOT AFTER CHRIST
  • 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

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