No bitterness! (Eph. 4:31)

“Put away from you

All bitterness,




And slander

Together with all malice.”

πᾶσα πικρία καὶ θυμὸς καὶ ὀργὴ καὶ κραυγὴ καὶ βλασφημία ἀρθήτω ἀφ’ ὑμῶν σὺν πάσῃ κακίᾳ.

Paul said, “Put away from you (ἀρθήτω ἀφ’ ὑμῶν) all bitterness (πᾶσα πικρία), wrath (καὶ θυμὸς), anger (καὶ ὀργὴ), wrangling (καὶ κραυγὴ), and slander (καὶ βλασφημία) together with all malice (σὺν πάσῃ κακίᾳ).”  Paul wanted these Ephesian Christians to put away any sign of bitterness, wrath, anger, wrangling, and slander.  There should be no malice toward one another.  Paul wanted the followers of Jesus Christ in Ephesus to stop all their in-fighting.  They should love one another rather than be involved with bitterness, wrath, anger, malice, and slander.  Paul wanted the perfect Christian community to be present in Ephesus.  Are you someone who is bitter, angry, and wrangling all the time?