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Ephesians 5:16

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Buying out for yourselves the opportunity, because, the days, are evil;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— redeeming the time, because the days are evil;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But as wise: redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— Redeeming ye season: for ye daies are euill.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Redeming the time, because the dayes are euill.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— Who take advantage of their opportunity; for these are difficult days.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— but as the wise who redeem their opportunity, because the days are evil.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— but like the wise, who purchase their opportunity; because the days are evil.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Redeeming 1805
{1805} Prime
From G1537 and G0059; to buy up, that is, ransom; figuratively to rescue from loss (improve opportunity).
<5734> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle (See G5785)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 111
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
time, 2540
{2540} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; an occasion, that is, set or proper time.
because 3754
{3754} Prime
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
days 2250
{2250} Prime
Feminine (with G5610 implied) of a derivative of ἧμαι [[hemai]] (to sit; akin to the base of G1476) meaning tame, that is, gentle; day, that is, (literally) the time space between dawn and dark, or the whole 24 hours (but several days were usually reckoned by the Jews as inclusive of the parts of both extremes); figuratively a period (always defined more or less clearly by the context).
are 1526
{1526} Prime
Third person plural present indicative of G1510; they are.
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
evil. 4190
{4190} Prime
From a derivative of G4192; hurtful, that is, evil (properly in effect or influence, and thus differing from G2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from G4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively calamitous; also (passively) ill, that is, diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, that is, derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ephesians 5:16

_ _ Redeeming the time — (Colossians 4:5). Greek, “Buying up for yourselves the seasonable time” (whenever it occurs) of good to yourselves and to others. Buying off from the vanities of “them that are without” (Colossians 4:5), and of the “unwise” (here in Ephesians), the opportune time afforded to you for the work of God. In a narrower sense, special favorable seasons for good, occasionally presenting themselves, are referred to, of which believers ought diligently to avail themselves. This constitutes true “wisdom” (Ephesians 5:15). In a larger sense, the whole season from the time that one is spiritually awakened, is to be “redeemed” from vanity for God (compare 2 Corinthians 6:2; 1 Peter 4:2-4). “Redeem” implies the preciousness of the opportune season, a jewel to be bought at any price. Wahl explains, “Redeeming for yourselves (that is, availing yourselves of) the opportunity (offered you of acting aright), and commanding the time as a master does his servant.” Tittmann, “Watch the time, and make it your own so as to control it; as merchants look out for opportunities, and accurately choose out the best goods; serve not the time, but command it, and it shall do what you approve.” So Pindar [Pythia, 4.509], “The time followed him as his servant, and was not as a runaway slave.”

_ _ because the days are evil — The days of life in general are so exposed to evil, as to make it necessary to make the most of the seasonable opportunity so long as it lasts (Ephesians 6:13; Genesis 47:9; Psalms 49:5; Ecclesiastes 11:2; Ecclesiastes 12:1; John 12:35). Besides, there are many special evil days (in persecution, sickness, etc.) when the Christian is laid by in silence; therefore he needs the more to improve the seasonable times afforded to him (Amos 5:13), which Paul perhaps alludes to.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ephesians 5:3-20.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ephesians 5:16

With all possible care redeeming the time — Saving all you can for the best purposes; buying every possible moment out of the hands of sin and Satan; out of the hands of sloth, ease, pleasure, worldly business; the more diligently, because the present are evil days, days of the grossest ignorance, immorality, and profaneness.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Ephesians 5:16

(h) Redeeming the time, because the (i) days are evil.

(h) This is a metaphor taken from the merchants: who prefer the least profit that may be before any of their pleasures.

(i) The times are troublesome and severe.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might; for [there is] no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

the days:

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Psalms 37:19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
Ecclesiastes 11:2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it [is] an evil time.
John 12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
Acts 11:28-29 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. ... Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:
1 Corinthians 7:26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, [I say], that [it is] good for a man so to be.
1 Corinthians 7:29-31 But this I say, brethren, the time [is] short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; ... And they that use this world, as not abusing [it]: for the fashion of this world passeth away.
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Chain-Reference Bible SearchCross References with Concordance

Ps 37:19. Ec 9:10; 11:2; 12:1. Am 5:13. Jn 12:35. Ac 11:28. Ro 13:11. 1Co 7:26, 29. Ga 6:10. Ep 6:13, 15. Col 4:5.

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