Ephesians 2:9
New International Version
not by works, so that no one can boast.

New Living Translation
Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

English Standard Version
not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Berean Study Bible
not by works, so that no one can boast.

Berean Literal Bible
not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

King James Bible
Not of works, lest any man should boast.

New King James Version
not of works, lest anyone should boast.

New American Standard Bible
not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

NASB 1995
not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

NASB 1977
not as a result of works, that no one should boast.

Amplified Bible
not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].

Christian Standard Bible
not from works, so that no one can boast.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
not from works, so that no one can boast.

American Standard Version
not of works, that no man should glory.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Contemporary English Version
It isn't something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Not of works, that no man may glory.

English Revised Version
not of works, that no man should glory.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It's not the result of anything you've done, so no one can brag about it.

International Standard Version
and not the result of actions, to put a stop to all boasting.

Literal Standard Version
not of works, that no one may boast;

NET Bible
it is not from works, so that no one can boast.

New Heart English Bible
not of works, that no one would boast.

Weymouth New Testament
so that it may be impossible for any one to boast.

World English Bible
not of works, that no one would boast.

Young's Literal Translation
not of works, that no one may boast;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Alive with Christ
8For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.…

Cross References
Romans 3:28
For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

1 Corinthians 1:29
so that no one may boast in His presence.

2 Timothy 1:9
He has saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works, but by His own purpose and by the grace He granted us in Christ Jesus before time began.

Titus 3:5
He saved us, not by the righteous deeds we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.


Treasury of Scripture

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Romans 3:20,27,28
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin…

Romans 4:2
For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

Romans 9:11,16
(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) …









(9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.--In this verse we have the echo of the past Judaising controversy; it sums up briefly the whole argument of Romans 3:27 to Romans 4:25. There is a similar reminiscence, but more distinct and detached, in Philippians 3:2-9.

Verse 9. - Not of works, lest any man should boast. Exegetical of the last clause, "Not of yourselves; certainly not of your works." The suppression of boasting was a purpose of God in his scheme of salvation; not the chief or final purpose, any more than the manifestation of his grace in coming ages was his chief or final purpose in showing mercy to the Ephesians, but inseparable from the nature of his plan. The spirit of glorying is essentially unsuited to the relations between the creature and the Creator, between the Redeemer and the redeemed. It is the very opposite of the spirit, "Not unto us, O Lord" (Psalm 115:1) - the spirit that casts its crown before the throne, and that breathes in the songs of heaven, "Unto him that loved us ... be glory and dominion forever and ever" (Revelation 1:5, 6).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
not
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong's 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

by
ἐξ (ex)
Preposition
Strong's 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

works,
ἔργων (ergōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's 2041: From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.

so that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

no
μή (mē)
Adverb
Strong's 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

one
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

can boast.
καυχήσηται (kauchēsētai)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2744: To boast; I glory (exult) proudly. From some base akin to that of aucheo and euchomai; to vaunt.


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