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Ephesians 5:13

ESV But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible,
NIV But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.
NASB But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.
CSB Everything exposed by the light is made visible,
NLT But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them,
KJV But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
NKJV But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.

What does Ephesians 5:13 mean?

Paul again refers to "light" to communicate a spiritual principle (Ephesians 3:9; 5:8, 9, 14). Believers are to "expose" sin, making a clear distinction between right and wrong (Ephesians 5:11). Light reveals what darkness tries to hide. The idea of "exposing" is strong in the Old Testament (Exodus 20:26; Proverbs 26:26; Lamentations 2:14; Ezekiel 28:17) and is often used in reference to going about without clothing (Exodus 20:26; Revelation 16:15). When Adam and Eve sinned, they recognized their nakedness and attempted to cover themselves (Genesis 3).

Sin, however, needs to be exposed in order to be defeated. John 3:20 offers Jesus' teaching that the person who does wicked things does not want to come into the light and be exposed. Darkness and evil share a close association in Scripture, as do light and goodness. Believers are to walk in the light (1 John 1:7). In the Lord there is no darkness (1 John 1:5).
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