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Ephesians 4:17–5:21

The New Man

17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should vno longer walk as 6the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the wblindness of their heart; 19 xwho, being past feeling, yhave given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you zput off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and abe renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you bput on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Do Not Grieve the Spirit

25 Therefore, putting away lying, cLet each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for dwe are members of one another. 26 e“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 fnor give 7place to the devil. 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather glet him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something hto give him who has need. 29 iLet no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but jwhat is good for necessary 8edification, kthat it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And ldo not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 mLet all bitterness, wrath, anger, 9clamor, and nevil speaking be put away from you, owith all malice. 32 And pbe kind to one another, tenderhearted, qforgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Walk in Love

5 Therefore abe imitators of God as dear bchildren. And cwalk in love, das Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God efor a sweet-smelling aroma.

But fornication and all funcleanness or gcovetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; hneither filthiness, nor ifoolish talking, nor coarse jesting, jwhich are not fitting, but rather kgiving of thanks. For 1this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any linheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be mpartakers with them.

Walk in Light

For you were once darkness, but now you are nlight in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for othe fruit of the 2Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 pfinding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have qno fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather 3expose them. 12 rFor it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But sall things that are 4exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says:

t“Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.”

Walk in Wisdom

15 uSee then that you walk 5circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 vredeeming the time, wbecause the days are evil.

17 xTherefore do not be unwise, but yunderstand zwhat the will of the Lord is. 18 And ado not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another bin psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making cmelody in your heart to the Lord, 20 dgiving thanks always for all things to God the Father ein the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 fsubmitting to one another in the fear of 6God.

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