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13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.


13 Let us walk properly [appropriate behavior],

The word “properly” means decently. Our walk should be beyond reproach. Christians live the course of their lives in a manner that accords with who Jesus is. To “walk” is a metaphor meaning to live as a course of life.

as in the day [daytime],

The “day” or daytime references our spiritual life. People love darkness and sin (Jn 3:19-20; 12:35; Eph 5:8,11; 6:12; 1 Th 5:7; 1 Pe 2:9; 1 Jn 1:5-6; 2:9, 11), but this course of life is not in accordance with the nature of our eternal life. Citizens of heaven should represent themselves with the character of heaven—like light, not darkness.

not in revelry [orgies]

The following six tandems indicate what is involved in a walk in darkness. Paul enumerated three negative pairs of vices. Each in the pair of two is closely related to the other. For example “revelry” and “drunkenness” are closely associated.

The first tandem is “revelry” or orgies and “drunkenness” or drinking bouts.

Orgies are wild parties with binge drinking. This sin is the concomitant and consequence of drunkenness. A lifestyle like this is not appropriate for a believer, for it gives an awful depiction of our relation to Christ.


Wild parties are the result of drunkenness.


The believer who allows alcohol to control his life will end in wild parties that will dishonor the Lord. Christians who participate in wild parties give an awful depiction of Christ Himself.