Ephesians 5:1-7 (Word Study on Verses 3-4)

1 Therefore, you be followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor. 3 But fornication (Illicit sexual intercourse), and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as is proper for the saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor low jesting, which are not proper : but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know , that no whore-monger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them. 8 For you were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 

I like to do a word study occasionally to make sure that I understand what the text is saying. I am going to follow through what I found looking at some key words in verses 3 & 4.
Things That Not Only Shouldn’t be Done, but Shouldn’t Even be Named Among the Saints
  • Fornication – πορνεία – porneia = Illicit Sexual Intercourse, meaning: Adultery, Fornication, Homosexuality, Lesbianism, intercourse with animals, intercourse with relatives, intercourse with a divorced man or woman, etc…
  • Uncleanness – ἀκαθαρσία – akatharsia = The impurity of lustful, luxurious, profligate living. Profligate is one that is abandoned to vice; lost to principle, virtue or decency; extremely vicious; shameless in wickedness.
  • Covetousness – πλεονεξία – pleonexia = Greedy desire to have more.
  • Filthiness – αἰσχρότης – aischrotēs = Obscenity, which is offensive to chastity and delicacy; impure, expressing or presenting to the mind or view something which delicacy, purity and decency forbid.
  • Foolish Talking – μωρολογία – mōrologia = Foolish talking
  • Low Jesting – εὐτραπελία – eutrapelia = Scurrility, which means such low, vulgar, indecent or abusive language as is used by mean fellows, buffoons, jesters and the like; grossness of reproach or invective; obscene jests. Or; Ribaldry, which means mean, or vulgar language, chiefly obscene language.
  • Not Fitting – ἀνήκω – anēkō = To pertain to what is due, duty, as was fitting.
The Antithesis of What Shouldn’t be Named
  • Giving of Thanks – εὐχαριστία – eucharistia = Giving of thanks, thankfulness.


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