Ephesians 5:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 5:6, NIV: Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

Ephesians 5:6, ESV: Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Ephesians 5:6, KJV: Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Ephesians 5:6, NASB: See that no one deceives you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Ephesians 5:6, NLT: Don't be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.

Ephesians 5:6, CSB: Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for God's wrath is coming on the disobedient because of these things.

What does Ephesians 5:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Speaking of unbelievers (Ephesians 5:5), Paul warns Christians not to be misled by worldly arguments. Unbelievers can trick believers into sexual immorality or foolish talk, usually by suggesting that there's no real harm in it. Believers are not immune to sexual temptation (Hebrews 4:15), but are empowered to recognize it, resist it, and replace it with godly actions (1 Corinthians 10:13). The reference to "empty words" may allude to Psalm 41:6, which speaks of the "empty words" of God's enemies.

Paul then reminds his readers of the future of those who seek to deceive them: the judgment of God. The "wrath of God" was mentioned by Jesus (John 3:36), and often by Paul (Romans 1:18; 5:9; 12:19; Colossians 3:6), as well as the apostle John (Revelation 14:19; 15:1, 7; 16:1; 19:15). This judgment again reflects Paul's belief that those who do not imitate God are unbelievers and will experience God's wrath. Believers, in contrast, are saved from the wrath of God by the blood of Christ (Romans 5:9). Again, this is not a reference to occasional sins, but to those who "walk," or make a habit of such behaviors.