Telling jokes

Q. I like telling my (mainly christian ) friends good jokes and observing them laugh. I don’t tell jokes that are obscene. Do good , clean jokes fall into the realm of jesting in Ephesians 5:4.

A. The Greek word translated “jesting” in the King James translation of Ephes. 5:4 can mean any type of joking, good or bad.  Most scholars don’t believe Paul meant to include the kind of good, clean humor you refer to.

One of the alternate meanings of the Greek word is “scurrility” which means “indecent or vulgar joking” and this is the meaning many of the English translations apply.

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