New Living Translation
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
King James Bible
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Darby Bible Translation
Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children,
World English Bible
Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children.
Young's Literal Translation
Become, then, followers of God, as children beloved,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
5:1 Be ye therefore followers - Imitators. Of God - In forgiving and loving. O how much more honourable and more happy, to be an imitator of God, than of Homer, Virgil, or Alexander the Great!
'Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.'--Eph. v. 10. These words are closely connected with those which precede them in the 8th verse--'Walk as children of light.' They further explain the mode by which that commandment is to be fulfilled. They who, as children of light, mindful of their obligations and penetrated by its brightness, seek to conform their active life to the light to which they belong, are to do so by making experiment of, or investigating and determining, what is 'acceptable …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John
Unfruitful Works of Darkness
Sleepers at Noonday
What Children of Light Should Be
But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
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