New Living Translation
Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.
King James Bible
That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
Darby Bible Translation
that ye may walk reputably towards those without, and may have need of no one.
World English Bible
that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and may have need of nothing.
Young's Literal Translation
that ye may walk becomingly unto those without, and may have lack of nothing.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:12 Decently - That they may have no pretence to say, (but they will say it still,) This religion makes men idle, and brings them to beggary. And may want nothing - Needful for life and godliness. What Christian desires more?
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TEXT: "My beloved is mine, and I am his."--Sol. Song 2:16. "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine."--Sol. Song 6:3. "I am my beloved's and his desire is toward me."--Sol. Song 7:10. These three texts should be read together, and the significant change found in each text as the thought unfolds should be studied carefully. They remind one of three mountain peaks one rising higher than the other until the third is lifted into the very heavens. Indeed, if one should live in the spirit of this …
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He replied, "You are permitted to understand the secret of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables for everything I say to outsiders,
Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don't participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy.
If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.
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