Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown
unfruitful works of darkness—Sins are terminated in themselves, and therefore are called "works," not "fruits" (Galatians 5:19, Galatians 5:22). Their only fruit is that which is not in a true sense fruit (Deuteronomy 32:32), namely, "death" (Romans 6:21; Galatians 6:8). Plants cannot bear "fruit" in the absence of light. Sin is "darkness," and its parent is the prince of darkness (Ephesians 6:12). Graces, on the other hand, as flourishing in "the light," are reproductive, and abound in fruits; which, as harmoniously combining in one whole, are termed (in the singular) "the FRUIT of the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:9).
rather, etc.—Translate as Greek, "rather even reprove them" (compare Matthew 5:14-16). Not only "have no fellowship, but even reprove them," namely, in words, and in your deeds, which, shining with "the light," virtually reprove all that is contrary to light (Ephesians 5:13; John 3:19-21). "Have no fellowship," does not imply that we can avoid all intercourse (I Corinthians 5:10), but "avoid such fellowship as will defile yourselves"; just as light, though it touch filth, is not soiled by it; nay, as light detects it, so, "even reprove sin."
Other Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown entries containing Ephesians 5:11:
2 Corinthians 6:16
1 Timothy 5:20
1 John 1:7
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