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Ephesians 5:10

ESV and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.
NIV and find out what pleases the Lord.
NASB as you try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
CSB testing what is pleasing to the Lord.
NLT Carefully determine what pleases the Lord.
KJV Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
NKJV finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.

What does Ephesians 5:10 mean?

Two themes are noted in this brief verse. First, a believer is to be discerning. Paul notes elsewhere the connection between discernment and pleasing God, in Romans 12:2: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God." Discernment is also important when taking communion (1 Corinthians 11:29). Prayer involves discernment (Philippians 1:9). Scripture also discerns the thoughts and intentions of people (Hebrews 4:12).

Second, a believer is to please the Lord. Believers are to not live as reckless "people-pleasers" (Ephesians 6:6) even when servants of a master, though we are to serve well. Unbelievers cannot please God (Romans 8:8). We are to live to uplift and serve others (Romans 15:2; Hebrews 11:6). Husbands and wives must consider how to please both one another and the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:32–34). However, the believer's ultimate aim is to please God, not people (1 Thessalonians 2:4; 4:1).
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