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Ephesians 5:15

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise;
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— See therefore how ye walk carefully, not as unwise but as wise,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Be taking heed, therefore, exactly how ye are walking,—not as unwise, but as wise,—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— See, then, how exactly ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— See therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly: not as unwise,
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— Take heede therefore that yee walke circumspectly, not as fooles, but as wise,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— See then that yee walke circumspectly, not as fooles, but as wise,
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— Watch therefore, that you live a glorious life, not as foolish men but as wise,
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— See then that you walk vigilantly, not as fools,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— See therefore, that ye walk circumspectly; not like the simple,

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
See 991
{0991} Prime
A primary verb; to look at (literally or figuratively).
<5720> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 592
then 3767
{3767} Prime
Apparently a primary word; (adverbially) certainly, or (conjugationally) accordingly.
that 4459
{4459} Prime
Adverb from the base of G4226; an interrogitive particle of manner; in what way? (sometimes the question is indirect, how?); also as exclamation, how much!.
ye walk 4043
{4043} Prime
From G4012 and G3961; to tread all around, that is, walk at large (especially as proof of ability); figuratively to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary).
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
circumspectly, 199
{0199} Prime
Adverb from the same as G0196; exactly.
not 3361
{3361} Prime
A primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverbially) not, (conjugationally) lest; also (as interrogitive implying a negative answer [whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one]); whether.
as 5613
{5613} Prime
Probably adverb of comparative from G3739; which how, that is, in that manner (very variously used as shown).
fools, 781
{0781} Prime
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and G4680; unwise.
but 235
{0235} Prime
Neuter plural of G0243; properly other things, that is, (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations).
as 5613
{5613} Prime
Probably adverb of comparative from G3739; which how, that is, in that manner (very variously used as shown).
wise, 4680
{4680} Prime
Akin to σαφής [[saphes]] (clear); wise (in a most general application).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ephesians 5:15

_ _ that — rather as Greek, “See how ye walk,” etc. The double idea is compressed into one sentence: “See (take heed) how ye walk,” and “See that ye walk circumspectly.” The manner, as well as the act itself, is included. See how ye are walking, with a view to your being circumspect (literally, accurate, exact) in your walk. Compare Colossians 4:5, “Walk in wisdom (answering to ‘as wise’ here) toward them that are without” (answering to “circumspectly,” that is, correctly, in relation to the unbelievers around, not giving occasion of stumbling to any, but edifying all by a consistent walk).

_ _ not as foolsGreek, “not as unwise, but as wise.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ephesians 5:3-20.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ephesians 5:15

Circumspectly — Exactly, with the utmost accuracy, getting to the highest pitch of every point of holiness. Not as fools — Who think not where they are going, or do not make the best of their way.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Ephesians 5:15

(4) See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

(4) The worse and more corrupt that the manners of this world are, the more watchful we ought to be in every situation, and give regard to nothing but the will of God.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband.
Matthew 8:4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Matthew 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What [is that] to us? see thou [to that].
Matthew 27:24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but [that] rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed [his] hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye [to it].
1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].
Hebrews 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more [shall not] we [escape], if we turn away from him that [speaketh] from heaven:
1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently:
Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.


Exodus 23:13 And in all [things] that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.
Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
1 Corinthians 14:20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it], do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.


2 Samuel 24:10 And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.
Job 2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
Psalms 73:22 So foolish [was] I, and ignorant: I was [as] a beast before thee.
Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way: but the folly of fools [is] deceit.
Matthew 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five [were] foolish.
Luke 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
Galatians 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
James 3:13 Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
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Chain-Reference Bible SearchCross References with Concordance

Ex 23:13. 2S 24:10. Jb 2:10. Ps 73:22. Pv 14:8. Mt 8:4; 10:16; 25:2; 27:4, 24. Lk 24:25. 1Co 14:20. Ga 3:1, 3. Ep 5:33. Php 1:27. Col 1:9; 4:5. 1Th 5:15. 1Ti 6:9. He 12:25. Jm 3:13. 1P 1:22. Rv 19:10.

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