Ephesians 5:1-16 American Standard Version

Walk as Children of Light

5 1  Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children; 2  and walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell.

3  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becometh saints; 4  nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks. 5  For this ye know of a surety, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6  Let no man deceive you with empty words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience. 7  Be not ye therefore partakers with them; 8  For ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord: walk as children of light 9  (for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10  proving what is well-pleasing unto the Lord; 11  and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them; 12  for the things which are done by them in secret it is a shame even to speak of. 13  But all things when they are reproved are made manifest by the light: for everything that is made manifest is light. 14  Wherefore [he] saith, Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon thee. 15  Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise; 16  redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

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