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Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ephesians 5:14

Therefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. This is evidently intended to give an additional impulse to the Ephesians to walk as children of the light; but a difficulty arises as to the source of the quotation. There is no difficulty with the formula, "he saith," which, like the same expression in Ephesians 4:8 , is clearly to be referred to God. But no such words occur in the Old Testament. The passage that comes nearest to them... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ephesians 5:14

The trumpet-call of the gospel. Since it is light that manifests, there must be a rousing voice to awake the sleeper, that the light of life may be poured fully upon him. I. THE PERSON ADDRESSED . "Thou that sleepest." Sleep is an apt figure to describe the sinner. 1. He lives in an unreal world , full of dreams and fancies , quite unconscious of the real world around him . The sinner dreams of safety and peace. He is carnally secure ( Romans 13:10 ; 1... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ephesians 5:14

Awake! I. A DESCRIPTION . A particular kind of man is here addressed—"thou that sleepest;" "the dead." 1. The man is asleep . His sleep is spiritual indifference. Whether or no he has an abstract belief in religion is not of the slightest moment. He may be an atheist or he may be orthodox of the orthodox. So long as he is sleeping it matters little what he might have been doing had he been awake. The sleeper may have his eyes open to secular interests; he may have a quick... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Ephesians 5:14

Wherefore he saith - Margin, or “it.” Διὸ λέγει Dio legei. The meaning may be, either that the Lord says, or the Scripture. Much difficulty has been experienced in endeavoring to ascertain “where” this is said. It is agreed on all hands that it is not found, in so many words, in the Old Testament. Some have supposed that the allusion is to Isaiah 26:19, “Thy dead men shall live - awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust, for thy dew is as the dew of herbs,” etc. But the objections to this... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Ephesians 5:13-14

Ephesians 5:13-14. But all things that are reproved Or, discovered, or confuted, as ελεγχομενα may be properly rendered; are made manifest Have their iniquity laid open to the actors themselves, as well as to others; by the light Of divine truth; or, as Whitby interprets the clause, “being discovered by the light, they are made manifest.” For whatsoever doth make any thing of a moral or immoral nature manifest, is light That is, nothing can make any thing in men’s spirit or... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Ephesians 5:1-20

More about the new standards (5:1-20)Just as children follow the example of their parents, so Christians must follow the example of their heavenly Father. Their love, then, will not be mere words, but will show itself by self-sacrifice, just as Christ’s love did (5:1-2).Converted pagans had a special problem in that many of the sinful practices they once engaged in were still widespread in the society in which they lived. One way to overcome the temptation to such practices was not even to... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Ephesians 5:14

Awake . App-178 . sleepest = art sleeping. Greek. katheudo. App-171 . arise . App-178 . from the dead . App-139 . shall . . . light = will shine upon thee. Greek. epiphauo ; occurs only here. A paraphrase of Isaiah 60:1 , Isaiah 60:2 . App-107 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Ephesians 5:14

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon thee.Wherefore he saith ... Here again, we have the phenomenon of Paul an apostle of Christ producing Scripture, in exactly the same way as the prophets of the Old Testament, and introducing his words with exactly the same formula, "Thus saith the Lord," "God saith," etc. As Hendriksen said, "There is no sound reason here to interpret this in any other way than in Ephesians 4:8."[13] See under... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Ephesians 5:14

Ephesians 5:14. Wherefore he saith, Awake, &c.— "Wherefore, when God is speaking in the prophecies of the Old Testament, of the calling of the Gentiles, and of the light which they should have by Christ, he says in effect, to those who are yet in darkness, though not exactly in these words, Awake, thou that sleepest, &c. And this particularly is the most natural import of those well-known words in Isaiah, ch. Isaiah 60:1. Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Ephesians 5:14

14. Wherefore—referring to the whole foregoing argument (Ephesians 5:8; Ephesians 5:11; Ephesians 5:13). Seeing that light (spiritual) dispels the pre-existing darkness, He (God) saith . . . (compare the same phrase, Ephesians 5:13- :). Awake—The reading of all the oldest manuscripts is "Up!" or, "Rouse thee!" a phrase used in stirring men to activity. The words are a paraphrase of Isaiah 60:1; Isaiah 60:2, not an exact quotation. The word "Christ," shows that in quoting the prophecy, he views... read more

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