Ephesians 5:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 5:14, NIV: This is why it is said: 'Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.'

Ephesians 5:14, ESV: for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Ephesians 5:14, KJV: Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

Ephesians 5:14, NASB: For this reason it says, 'Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.'

Ephesians 5:14, NLT: for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, 'Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.'

Ephesians 5:14, CSB: for what makes everything visible is light. Therefore it is said: Get up, sleeper, and rise up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.

What does Ephesians 5:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul concludes his contrast of darkness and light with the statement "anything that becomes visible is light." When sin is exposed (Ephesians 5:13) change can take place and sins can be forgiven. Believers must confess their sins in order to be in fellowship with the Lord (1 John 1:8–9).

Paul then refers to a shared saying with the phrase, "Therefore it says." The following words are often understood as an early hymn or poem known to both Paul and the Ephesian believers. These words may have been known to others, particularly if this letter to the Ephesians was intended for multiple churches. The Greek words translated "sleep" and "dead" share the same rhyming ending. The third phrase ends with the word Christos or Christ to end the hymn. The usage is intended to communicate the concept that when we turn from our sins to the Lord, Christ brings us to life and "shines" on us, again connecting with the theme of light.