Ephesians 2:2

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the aire, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

wherein ye once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the powers of the air, of the spirit that now worketh in the sons of disobedience;
- American Standard Version (1901)

In which you were living in the past, after the ways of this present world, doing the pleasure of the lord of the power of the air, the spirit who is now working in those who go against the purpose of God;
- Basic English Bible

in which ye once walked according to the age of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience:
- Darby Bible

In which in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
- Webster's Bible

which were once habitual to you while you walked in the ways of this world and obeyed the Prince of the powers of the air, the spirits that are now at work in the hearts of the sons of disobedience--to you God has given Life.
- Weymouth Bible

in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience;
- World English Bible

in which ye wandriden sum tyme aftir the cours of this world, aftir the prince of the power of this eir, of the spirit that worchith now in to the sones of vnbileue;
- Wycliffe Bible

in which once ye did walk according to the age of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 2:2


2:2 According to the course of this world - The word translated course properly means a long series of times, wherein one corrupt age follows another. According to the prince of the power of the air - The effect of which power all may perceive, though all do not understand the cause of it: a power unspeakably penetrating and widely diffused; but yet, as to its baneful influences, beneath the orb of believers. The evil spirits are united under one head, the seat of whose dominion is in the air. Here he sometimes raises storms, sometimes makes visionary representations, and is continually roving to and fro. The spirit that now worketh - With mighty power; and so he did, and doth in all ages. In the sons of disobedience - In all who do not believe and obey the gospel.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 2:2


Eph 2:2 In time past ye walked according to the course of this world. You lived in trespasses and sins, in accordance with the spirit of the world. The prince of the power of the air. Called elsewhere "the prince of this world" (Joh 12:31 14:30 16:11), Satan. Why he is called "prince of the power of the air" is not certain; various explanations are given. Probably his subtle influences and whisperings pervade the air, and come upon us as unconsciously as the vital fluid we breathe. The Jews held that the atmosphere was the abode of evil angels. The spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. This spirit, that of the world, of the power of the air, is the one which inspires those who live in disobedience.

Discussion for Ephesians 2

  • Joyce Cardoza
    Ephesians 2:8 is my favorite, For by Grace you are saved by faith, and that not of yourself, it is a gift of God.😇.
    Ephesians 2:9 not of works should any man boast.😇
    Its where I found the truth, as I read Matthew 24, sounded like he was talking to the Jews, then I read the red letters of Jesus, then I went to the Cross of Jesus Christ, everything he had said changed. I don't remember what made me go to Apostle Paul's writings, but there is where I found out the truth for the gentiles, now I am a Christian, believer in Grace though faith and so is my family, 5 grown kids grandkids, 😇 great grandkids are just babies PS and we are not part of Israel, and there will be a remnant of believers that will be saved Rev. for Isreal.
  • MockingBird
    Who ever left their comment for me : I am correcting your thought about me : I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior !! That day I got saved !! Jesus Christ is my Lord ! He let's me know from the time I got saved of things that need to be taken care of and put out of my life : This Lordship that I have with my Lord is an on going fellowship !!! I have been with my Lord and Savior for 35 years and through out those years Through His leadership and Lordship since I got saved :I have with my Lord's help been able to rid of many things that were not of God : For the remainder of my life here on earth , there will be a continuance of obeying my Lord till it is time for me to go home. I did nothing to get saved : I received His salvation that is in Christ Jesus and in receiving His salvation I received His Lordship as well.
  • Lilian
    John 3:16 For God so love the world that he gave his only begotten Son Jesus Christ that whosoever believes in him shall not be perished but have eternal life. What a loving God we serve. Thanks to the blood of Jesus that shed for us by his blood we are forgiven and redeemed. HE PAID THE PRICE FOR US. OUR JOB NOW IS TO PRAISE HIM AND WORSHIP HIM ONLY FOR HE IS WORTHY. AMEN
  • Dianne
    Ephesians is the greatest love letter from our heavenly father to the body of believers.
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 5:34 BUT I RECEIVE NOT TESTIMONY FROM MAN BUT THESE THINGS I SAY THAT YOU MIGHT BE SAVED john 1:17 for the law was given by moses but grace
  • Steve morrow
    titus 2:11 for the grace of GOD that ---bringeth--- salvation hath appeared to all men 2:12 ---teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we should live soberly righteously and godly in this present world john 1:14 and THE WORD was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld HIS glory as of the ---only---begotten of the FATHER full of grace and truth

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