15 Circumspectly - Exactly, with the utmost accuracy,
getting to the highest pitch of every point of holiness. Not as fools -
Who think not where they are going, or do not make the best of their way.
16 With all possible care redeeming the time - Saving all you
can for the best purposes; buying every possible moment out of the hands
of sin and Satan; out of the hands of sloth, ease, pleasure, worldly business;
the more diligently, because the present are evil days, days of the grossest
ignorance, immorality, and profaneness.
17 What the will of the Lord is - In every time, place, and circumstance.
18 Wherein is excess - That is, which leads to debauchery of every
kind. But be ye filled with the Spirit - In all his graces, who gives a
more noble pleasure than wine can do.
19 Speaking to each other - By the Spirit. In the Psalms - Of
David. And hymns - Of praise. And spiritual songs - On any divine subject.
By there being no inspired songs, peculiarly adapted to the Christian dispensation,
as there were to the Jewish, it is evident that the promise of the Holy
Ghost to believers, in the last days, was by his larger effusion to supply
the lack of it. Singing with your hearts - As well as your voice. To the
Lord - Jesus, who searcheth the heart.
20 Giving thanks - At all times and places. And for all things
- Prosperous or adverse, since al] work together for good. In the name
of, or through, our Lord Jesus Christ - By whom we receive all good things.