Ephesians 5:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 5:9, NIV: (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)

Ephesians 5:9, ESV: (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true),

Ephesians 5:9, KJV: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Ephesians 5:9, NASB: (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),

Ephesians 5:9, NLT: For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

Ephesians 5:9, CSB: for the fruit of the light consists of all goodness, righteousness, and truth--

What does Ephesians 5:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse includes a parenthetical statement. Like Ephesians 4:9–10, this is a side remark in the middle of another thought. In this case, Paul inserts an additional explanation of what it means to walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:8). Paul mentions the "fruit of light" as reference to the "result" of life. In other words, Christian obedience is found in "all that is good and right and true." All three words express the same concept of actions that are noble and pleasing to God.

Paul often refers to "good" in this letter. Believers are created to do "good" works (Ephesians 2:10), use "good" words (Ephesians 4:29), have "good" will (Ephesians 6:7), and will be blessed for doing "good" (Ephesians 6:8). Doing what is "right" is also a recurring concept in Ephesians. Believers are to live in true righteousness (Ephesians 4:24), obey their parents for this is "right" (Ephesians 6:1), and wear the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14). Third, believers are to do what is "true," as noted in Ephesians 4:24: "created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness."