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6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.


This verse warns against those who attempt to seduce Christians away from their core beliefs about sexual morality.

Let no one deceive you with empty [hollow] words,

No one should deceive Christians in thinking that the previous verse was hollow words. “Empty” means void of content; these are words that do not relate to reality. These clever words contain no truth, God’s truth.

False teachers in Ephesus did not want to lose business in temple prostitution to Christianity, so they used empty words to seduce Christians back to their values.

for because of these things

The “these things” refer to the list of sins in verses three to five.

the wrath of God comes

The wrath of God will come on non-believers.

upon the sons of disobedience.

The “sons of disobedience” are non-Christians. It is in the very constitution or nature of the lost to manifest who they are in what they do.


God deals with rationalization in a summary way.


There is a strong contrast between believer and non-believer. Unbelievers set forth plausible ideas devoid of truth itself. Plausible ideas of the lost attempt to make sin palatable. They attempt to portray adultery as an alternative to biblical marriage.

Christians should not allow themselves to revert back into non-Christian values. There will always be those who will attempt to seduce believers by rationalization. Naïve Christians will always be vulnerable to deception. Seducers will sound plausible to the immature believer, their words appearing interesting and even attractive.