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Ephesians 4:31

    Ephesians 4:31 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and railing, be put away from you, with all malice:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Let all bitter, sharp and angry feeling, and noise, and evil words, be put away from you, with all unkind acts;

    Webster's Revision

    Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and railing, be put away from you, with all malice:

    World English Bible

    Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, outcry, and slander, be put away from you, with all malice.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and railing, be put away from you, with all malice:

    Definitions for Ephesians 4:31

    Clamour - An outcry or protest.
    Let - To hinder or obstruct.
    Malice - Ill-will; badness.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 4:31

    Let all bitterness - Πασα πικρια. It is astonishing that any who profess the Christian name should indulge bitterness of spirit. Those who are censorious, who are unmerciful to the failings of others, who have fixed a certain standard by which they measure all persons in all circumstances, and unchristian every one that does not come up to this standard, these have the bitterness against which the apostle speaks. In the last century there was a compound medicine, made up from a variety of drastic acrid drugs and ardent spirits, which was called Hiera Picra, ἱερα πικρα, the holy bitter; this medicine was administered in a multitude of cases, where it did immense evil, and perhaps in scarcely any case did it do good. It has ever appeared to me to furnish a proper epithet for the disposition mentioned above, the holy bitter; for the religiously censorious act under the pretense of superior sanctity. I have known such persons do much evil in a Christian society, but never knew an instance of their doing any good.

    And wrath - Θυμος is more properly anger, which may be considered the commencement of the passion.

    Anger - Οργν is more properly wrath - the passion carried to its highest pitch, accompanied with injurious words and outrageous acts, some of which are immediately specified.

    And clamor - Κραυγη Loud and obstreperous speaking, brawling, railing, boisterous talk, often the offspring of wrath; all of which are highly unbecoming the meek, loving, quiet, sedate mind of Christ and his followers.

    And evil speaking - Βλασφημια· Blasphemy; that is, injurious speaking - words which tend to hurt those of whom or against whom they are spoken.

    With all malice - Κακια· All malignity; as anger produces wrath, and wrath clamor, so all together produce malice; that is, settled, sullen, fell wrath, which is always looking out for opportunities to revenge itself by the destruction of the object of its indignation. No state of society can be even tolerable where these prevail; and, if eternity were out of the question, it is of the utmost consequence to have these banished from time.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 4:31

    Let all bitterness - see the notes on Ephesians 4:2.

    And wrath - The word here does not differ essentially from anger.

    Anger - see the note on Ephesians 4:26. All cherished, unreasonable anger.

    And clamour - Noise, disorder, high words; such as men use in a brawl, or when they are excited. Christians are to be calm and serious. Harsh contentions and strifes; hoarse brawls and tumults, are to be unknown among them.

    And evil-speaking - Slander, backbiting, angry expressions, tale-bearing, reproaches, etc.

    With all malice - Rather, "with all evil" - κακίᾳ kakia. Every kind and sort of evil is to be put away, and you are to manifest only that which is good.

    Wesley's Notes on Ephesians 4:31

    4:31 Let all bitterness - The height of settled anger, opposite to kindness, ver.32. And wrath - Lasting displeasure toward the ignorant, and them that are out of the way, opposite to tenderheartedness. And anger - The very first risings of disgust at those that injure you, opposite to forgiving one another. And clamour - Or bawling. I am not angry, says one; but it is my way to speak so. Then unlearn that way: it is the way to hell. And evil speaking - Be it in ever so mild and soft a tone, or with ever such professions of kindness. Here is a beautiful retrogradation, beginning with the highest, and descending to the lowest, degree of the want of love.

    Verses Related to Ephesians 4:31

    James 3:14 - But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
    Job 23:2 - Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
    Proverbs 17:25 - A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.