New Living Translation
Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
King James Bible
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Darby Bible Translation
Let no corrupt word go out of your mouth, but if there be any good one for needful edification, that it may give grace to those that hear it.
World English Bible
Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for building up as the need may be, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Young's Literal Translation
Let no corrupt word out of your mouth go forth, but what is good unto the needful building up, that it may give grace to the hearers;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:29 But that which is good - Profitable to the speaker and hearers. To the use of edifying - To forward them in repentance, faith, or holiness. That it may minister grace - Be a means of conveying more grace into their hearts. Hence we learn, what discourse is corrupt, as it were stinking in the nostrils of God; namely, all that is not profitable, not edifying, not apt to minister grace to the hearers.
LibraryNineteenth Sunday after Trinity Duty to New and Old Man.
Text: Ephesians 4, 22-28. 22 That ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, that waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit; 23 and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth. 25 Wherefore, putting away falsehood, speak ye truth each one with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 neither give …
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Wise words bring approval, but fools are destroyed by their own words.
You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.
So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.
We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.
Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes--these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.
But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.
Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
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