New Living Translation
Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes--these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.
King James Bible
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
Darby Bible Translation
and filthiness and foolish talking, or jesting, which are not convenient; but rather thanksgiving.
World English Bible
nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not appropriate; but rather giving of thanks.
Young's Literal Translation
also filthiness, and foolish talking, or jesting, -- the things not fit -- but rather thanksgiving;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
5:4 Nor foolish talking - Tittle tattle, talking of nothing, the weather, fashions, meat and drink. Or jesting - The word properly means, wittiness, facetiousness, esteemed by the heathens an half - virtue. But how frequently even this quenches the Spirit, those who are tender of conscience know. Which are not convenient - For a Christian; as neither increasing his faith nor holiness.
'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
is someone who lies to a friend and then says, "I was only joking."
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.
Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.
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.
And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.
That is why I am boldly asking a favor of you. I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing for you to do.
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