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Chapter 5:1-21

1Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savor. 3But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let them not once be named among you, as becometh saints; 4neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not befitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5For this ye know: that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God. 6Let no man deceive you with vain words, for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7Be ye not therefore partakers with them.

8For ye were sometimes darkness, but now ye are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9(for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them, 12for it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light, for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14Therefore He saith:

"Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead,
and Christ shall give thee light."*

15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,* 16redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Therefore, be ye not unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess;* but be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

*14 Isa 9:2, 60:1. *15 Col 4:5. *18 Pr 23:20, Rom 13:13.

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