Ephesians 5:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 5:15, NIV: Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise,

Ephesians 5:15, ESV: Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,

Ephesians 5:15, KJV: See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Ephesians 5:15, NASB: So then, be careful how you walk, not as unwise people but as wise,

Ephesians 5:15, NLT: So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise.

Ephesians 5:15, CSB: Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk--not as unwise people but as wise--

What does Ephesians 5:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse begins with the Greek preposition ouv, translated "therefore," to signal a transition to a new section or summary. Paul once again returns to the theme of "walking," which means abiding or remaining in Jesus (Ephesians 2:2, 10; 4:1, 17; 5:2, 8). Used six other times in this letter, "walking" refers to how one lives. We are to walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:8), in a manner worthy of the calling (Ephesians 4:1), not like unbelievers do (Ephesians 4:17).

Looking carefully at our spiritual walk is considered "wise." This wisdom comes from God (Ephesians 1:8), who gives believers the Spirit of wisdom (Ephesians 1:17). God gives wisdom to the church, making it known to others (Ephesians 3:10). Here again, Paul desires believers to grow in maturity. Evangelism is important, but so is the spiritual growth of existing believers. Paul focuses much attention on the spiritual growth of existing believers in the church. Their maturity is important for reaching additional people for Christ. Their example was the method of evangelism.