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

  • Daniel Umunna
    Verse 12,13: Israel right from the old testament was special to God, highly favored by Him.God favored them over the surrounding nations such as the Moabites, Hittites for their sake. Paul says that the blood of Jesus has made us partakers of that promise he had with the Isrealites, the partition has been broken and we are one in Christ Jesus. Also salvation is a gift from God
  • Behold the Lamb of God
    On Baptism? You'd better know this...Mark 1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. ...In case you have not noticed those are BOTH "Baptisms" spoken of by John who was sent to speak truth. The Old way,and the NEW is announced here. Please note Christ does not dunk us in water yet INDEED baptizes us as John said. He. Missed a verse? All these result in a Baptism by Christ the Holy SPIRIT is that Baptism, Living Water, washed. filled Verses..Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved........1 John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. ...1 John 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. ...Could go on for days... Nothing overturns what He hath given. Men of the world do not see the Spirit or know God made the saved Holy.
  • Compare this and 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 "the mystery of lawlessness", and Colossians 3:5-7, with 1 John 3:4, which us the definition of sin. Furthermore,the whole letter of 1 John ties God's law together with love. An analogy would be: An Archer who is aiming at the target of righteousness God's ten commandments , contrasted with the one who is aiming at another target unrighteousness . Neither hit the bullseye perfectly 100 of the time, but each practice shooting one or the other target.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    RESTORE ! RESTORE ! RESTORE ! OH HEAVENLY ABBA DAD AND GOD ALMIGHTY YAHWEH, IN AND THROUGH YOUR SON OUR GLORIOUS LORD AND MAJESTY KING SUPREME TO COME, CHRIST YESHUA, JESUS, GLORY AMEN AND AMEN INDEED ! THE DREADFUL AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD IS TRULY AT HAND FOR THIS VERY REASON AS IT WAS BACK IN THEIR DAY AND TIME. RAISE UP AND SEND FORTH YOUR CHOSEN SERVENT FOR THY NAMES SAKE AND FULFILL ALL THINGS IN THIS END OF THE AGE OF THE GENTILES TO YOUR EVERLASTING GLORY AMEN AND AMEN INDEED ! SHALOM ISRAEL ZION AMEN ! God Bless and be with you ! Shalom yedda dim beloved one .
  • Ezekiel Johnson
    Paul's statement here in verse 8 " For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:", does not negate, cancel out, or make null and void our need to be baptized in the name of Jesus in order to receive forgiveness of sins, as he shared with the disciples of John the Baptist he met in Acts 19:1-6. In its proper context here, Paul is pointing all glory back to the one who made salvation a possibility for us who were dead in our trespasses and sins. Simply put, Christ didn't have to become the sacrifice and if he did not, there would be nothing that we could ever do to change our eternal destination. However, because he did die and paid the price for our sins, in the book of Acts, when the disciples, on order from Jesus were confronted by people needing salvation they always spell out quite clearly and simplistically what one must do. 1. REPENT 2. BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS 3. RECEIVE THE IN-FILLING OF GOD'S SPIRIT EVIDENCED BY SPEAKING IN OTHER TONGUES AS HIS SPIRIT PROVIDES THE WORDS. These instruction that were given by Peter with the eleven Apostles in agreement , Phillip, Ananias, Paul, ect. in the the book of Acts.
  • Minnie Evans for verse 8
    Faith is in my heart. God gave me the gift of grace for my salvation. To save me from my sins.

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