Ephesians 4:25-28

25 Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.

26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,

27 nor give place to the devil.

28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

therefore (v.25) — because you’ve put on the new man (v.24)

putting away lying (v.25) — in Greek it reads, “having put off once for all the lie” — the habit of lying that was part of the old man

members of one another (v.25) — in the Body of Christ

be ye angry (v.26) — in Greek, this is commanding a continuous action

There are three words for “anger” in the Greek New Testament. Thumos speaks of a turbulent commotion, the boiling agitation of the feelings, passion, anger forthwith boiling up and soon subsiding, which is forbidden in Ephesians 4:31. Parorgismos, translated “wrath” in v.26, is also forbidden, It refers to anger that is accompanied by irritation, exasperation, embitterment. Orge is an anger which is an abiding and settled habit of the mind that is aroused under certain conditions. This is the anger spoken of in the words, “be ye angry.” Under certain conditions, orge (anger) is a righteous passion to entertain. When guided by reason, anger is a right affection, so the scripture permits it, and not only permits, but on fit occasions demands it … There is a “wrath of God” (Matthew 3:7; Romans 12:19); who would not love good unless He hated evil, the two being so inseparable, that either He must do both or neither; a wrath also of the merciful Son of Man (Mark 3:5); and a wrath which righteous men not merely may, but, as they are righteous, must feel. — Wuest, page 113.

do not sin (v.26) = stop sinning

nor give place (v.27) = lit. “and stop giving place” — tense forbids the continuance of an action already going on

place (v.27) = opportunity, power, occasion for acting

let him who stole steal no longer (v.28) = lit. “the one who is stealing, let him no longer be stealing” — this was apparently going on in the Ephesian church

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