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King James VersionWherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. (4) that they must put forth their efforts as if they were to “begin” the work themselves, without waiting for God to do it for them. Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead; Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, ἀνατελεῖ ὑμῖν τοῖς φοβουμένοις τὸ ὄνομα ἥλιος δικαιοσύνης, John Eadie's Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians, קוּמִי אוֹרִי כִּי בָא אוֹרֵךְ וּכְבוֹד יַהוָה עָלַיִךְזָרָח, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. It is introduced by the subordinating, co-ordinating, and causal particle διό (on which see under Ephesians 2:11, and cf. The source from which Paul quoted seems to have been an early Christian poem or hymn based on Isaiah 60:1. "Commentary on Ephesians 5:14". But the probability is that Isaiah 60:1, was the passage most distinctly in the apostle's mind. Come out from among the pagan. This is why we say: "Wake up, you sleeping person! The Apostle would show by this paraphrase from the Old Testament, not only that the effect of the light is as he has described, but that this is a reason why Christians should reprove, since thus others may become light through the illumination which Christ promises. 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. The difficulty lies in the extreme freedom with which the original words are handled. 1853, p. 331. Therefore [he] says, Awake, you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine on you. Those outside of Christ in darkness must awake out of their deadness and let Christ shine on them. New American Standard VersionFor this reason it says, "Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you. Arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.''. This kind of language was associated with baptism very quickly (compare Hebrews 6:4). “They form a small minority, and because of their distinctive ways their lives will be scrutinized by others: the reputation of the gospel is bound up with their public behavior. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/ephesians-5.html. The lexicon suggests that He will give us light for life - He will light our way along the path of life, be they good times or bad times - His light can guide us through anything that comes along. It is generally assumed that Paul here refers to Isaiah 60:1, "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." I finally stopped at a rest area for a little nap. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/ephesians-5.html. Alt. And arise from the dead. 1896. App-171. It was totally dark when I dropped off to sleep, and the next thing I knew I had awakened to a brightness that was near blinding. 1999-2014. sleepest = art sleeping. Whence then is the quotation taken? It is agreed on all hands that it is not found, in so many words, in the Old Testament.