Search the Bible
* powered by Bible Study Tools

Ephesians 5:17

    Ephesians 5:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For this reason, then, do not be foolish, but be conscious of the Lord's pleasure.

    Webster's Revision

    Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

    World English Bible

    Therefore don't be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

    Definitions for Ephesians 5:17

    Wherefore - Why?; for what reason?; for what cause?

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 5:17

    Wherefore be ye not unwise - Μη γινεσθε αφρονες· Do not become madmen. Here is a most evident allusion to the orgies of Bacchus, in which his votaries acted like madmen; running about, tossing their heads from shoulder to shoulder, appearing to be in every sense completely frantic. See the whole of the passage in Livy, to which I have referred on Ephesians 5:12.

    But understanding what the will of the Lord is - It is the will of God that ye should be sober, chaste, holy, and pure. Get a thorough understanding of this; acquaint yourselves with God's will, that ye may know how to glorify him.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 5:17

    Be ye not unwise - Be not fools in the employment of your time, and in your manner of life. Show true wisdom by endeavoring to understand what the will of the Lord is, and then doing it.

    Wesley's Notes on Ephesians 5:17

    5:17 What the will of the Lord is - In every time, place, and circumstance.