Ephesians 6:12

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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition

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Other Translations of Ephesians 6:12

For wee wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darknes of this world, against spirituall wickednes in high places.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual {forces} of wickedness in the heavenly {places.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual `hosts' of wickedness in the heavenly `places'.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against authorities and powers, against the world-rulers of this dark night, against the spirits of evil in the heavens.
- Basic English Bible

because our struggle is not against blood and flesh, but against principalities, against authorities, against the universal lords of this darkness, against spiritual [power] of wickedness in the heavenlies.
- Darby Bible

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
- Webster's Bible

For ours is not a conflict with mere flesh and blood, but with the despotisms, the empires, the forces that control and govern this dark world--the spiritual hosts of evil arrayed against us in the heavenly warfare.
- Weymouth Bible

For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world's rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
- World English Bible

For whi stryuyng is not to vs ayens fleisch and blood, but ayens princis and potestatis, ayens gouernours of the world of these derknessis, ayens spiritual thingis of wickidnesse, in heuenli thingis.
- Wycliffe Bible

because we have not the wrestling with blood and flesh, but with the principalities, with the authorities, with the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, with the spiritual things of the evil in the heavenly places;
- Youngs Literal Bible


Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 6:12

6:12 For our wrestling is not only, not chiefly, against flesh and blood - Weak men, or fleshly appetites. But against principalities, against powers - The mighty princes of all the infernal legions. And great is their power, and that likewise of those legions whom they command. Against the rulers of the world - Perhaps these principalities and powers remain mostly in the citadel of their kingdom of darkness. But there are other evil spirits who range abroad, to whom the provinces of the world are committed. Of the darkness - This is chiefly spiritual darkness. Of this age - Which prevails during the present state of things. Against wicked spirits - Who continually oppose faith, love, holiness, either by force or fraud; and labour to infuse unbelief, pride, idolatry malice, envy, anger, hatred. In heavenly places - Which were once their abode, and which they still aspire to, as far as they are permitted.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 6:12

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle. Fights then were a hand to hand grapple. Not against flesh and blood. While flesh and blood may seem to assail us, the real enemies are evil spiritual powers. Against principalities, against powers. These terms designate different rank of evil spirits. These were fallen angels (see Ro 8:38). The same terms are applied to the different ranks of holy angels in Eph 1:21. Against the rulers of the darkness of this world. Satan is described as the ruler of this world (Joh 12:31 14:30 16:11) and the god of this world (2Co 4:4). He uses for his dominion not only evil spirits, but wicked men, and his sway is darkness rather than light. Against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. "Spiritual [hosts] of wickedness" (Revised Version). It is likely that the meaning is the same as in Eph 2:2 The high places, the air, is a dwelling place and medium of these evil influences.


Comments for Ephesians 6:12

J. K. Stevenson's comment on 2015-03-19 11:33:57:

The best reason given in Scripture against hating our enemy, for this powerful enemy is far more evil than any mere human could be and truly mere men can be saved out of its power through prayer and faith in Jesus Christ.


Joel Clark Sr's comment on 2015-01-05 00:22:55:

A comforting Word from God. He knows what we must endure in the last days. He will be us.


Ruthie's comment on 2014-10-11 23:14:25:

God will not give the evil doers upper hands over us!


Robert Armani's comment on 2014-09-23 13:17:56:

why did GOD allowed all these spirits to overcome us


LovNJesus's comment on 2014-06-21 18:06:42:

Jesus is The Way, The Truth The Light.Only him He will always love you Forgive you. He knocks at thedoor of your heart soul. Only you can let him in by asking him to come. Your love, peace, joy Salvation awaits you! May your new armour of lord strenghthen you!


Toni's comment on 2014-05-25 07:25:54:

There is evil and wickeness in high places and the devil is in the background orchestrating it all. We are fighting against evil men who are in power, being directed by Satan. The devil is called the god of this world. God has given him authority to control this world. He wanted to be God, so God is allowing him for a time to rule the earth, but his end is coming, and he and all those who bow down to the devil, will be cast into hell for ever. Spiritual wickedness in high places can not be seen with the physical eye. This is why we must be quickened spiritually and die out to the flesh, so we will be enlightened. This is a spiritual warfare, so we must have on the whole armour of God to do battle. Satan meanwhile, is lulling people to sleep with the cares of this life. Jesus is telling us to wake up, watch and pray that we fall not into temptation.


Hurt's comment on 2014-01-09 15:20:01:

The law allows wicked judges to send mothers to jail for getting a protection order against fathers who initially had abandoned the children and fathers who burn their children and then give the children to the abusive father and will not let the mother contact the child for over six months. What a way to continue a type of separation that existed during slavery!


CLEMENCE's comment on 2014-01-01 13:15:19:

The only weapon to fight for us is prayer against evil spirits ,our lord wil stand for us forever AMEN


Cheryl. C.'s comment on 2014-01-01 10:24:18:

Man,is not my enemy !!!! The devil and his co-workers are !!!! Spiritual wickedness : Kills, steals & destroys. God : Love, Joy , Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance Against these there is no such law. Praise God. Greater is He that is in me(Jesus) than he that is in the world !!!!


Caldyn's comment on 2013-09-10 20:45:29:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...Instead of looking at the person that just insulted you or pissed you off, look at the demon behind the person. For The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. He(the enemy)wants you to start a fight so one of you could end up killing the other. Thus one of you end up killed and the other one end up destroyed. (Two birds with one stone.)It happens everyday like this and the only one who benefits is the ruler of this dark world/your enemy.


ET - Phoning Home's comment on 2013-06-01 04:59:09:

The Holy Spirit reminding us, through Paul, who our real enemy is: NOT people, those living in darkness around us, (once we were no different to them Eph:2). Remember, WE ARE ONLY SAVED BY GRACE - Jesus Blood washed us and is the only cure for our addiction to sin - He can do the same for ALL who turn to Him no matter their plight. The battle is the Lord's - but He asks us to 'wrestle' in prayer for them. ARE WE CHURCH?


Moises Rodriguez's comment on 2013-04-12 20:21:05:

if Satan depends on god's permition to do things
then he is a he is a god like he claim,a
real god do not need permition from someone else
to do the things he want to.


Anonymous's comment on 2013-03-18 07:07:22:

Text that teaches us to forgive our enemies, despise fighting flesh but hands on in prayer.


Julin Mc Vane's comment on 2013-01-28 02:41:34:

When we believe in Christ, these beings become our enemies, and they try every device to turn us away from Him and back to sin. This battle is against all who are on the Lordís side.


Tia's comment on 2012-12-26 00:29:52:

The scripture is talking about powers and dark forces that we cannot see. There is a spiritual fight going on between God and his angels, and Satan and his demons. This is why there is a scripture that says put on the whole armour of God. We have to be equipped with the word and ready to stand.


Grim Wriggler's comment on 2012-12-14 12:42:34:

Paul is explaining perfectly the New World Order, which makes me wonder if Romans 13 is a mistranslation -deliberate? And in fact there has been no authority as are not in accordance with Gods' laws.


Peter's comment on 2012-11-29 01:20:15:

High places refers to persons, devices, vehicles, etcetera, who, through pride, vanity and fear, would replace the commandments, the sacrifice of the mass for whoredoms as in drugs, prostitution, porn and adulteries. All the best and in all humility. Peter


CDFrom's comment on 2012-10-07 16:10:09:

I have an older copy of the new testament in which the cover and a few pages from the front are missing. This passage reads: We wrestle not ONLY with flesh and blood... The ONLY is a striking contrast to all other versions I have seen, and one word with huge implications, like 7 billion now living, not to mention those the memories of flesh and blood since past, that shape our beliefs. I often wonder about the translation, its origin, and which is true. End story remains the same GOD is GOD, I am not and Christ alone has paid the penalty for sin.


Ken's comment on 2012-02-11 08:44:45:

"....against the spirits of evil in the heavens."

There are no evil spirits in Heaven or Heavens (Sky). Thats not to say there no evil spirits transversing thru the sky looking for evil men and minds.....So, in that respect, there are evil spirits in the "Heavens". One view.

"....against spirituall wickednes in high places"

Another view. A more reasonable view when taken with the theme of the entire chapter.

This "High Places" are political offices of Man. Men who work evil in secret. Rulers who spread deceit....

Taken together,

"against the rulers of the darknes of this world, against spiritual wickednes in high places."


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