Ephesians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

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.”

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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 Version

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

Bible commentary

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.

Discussion for Ephesians 6

  • A disciple
    Wayne; I think we tried to help you with this before! Paul is not your Saviour! Paul didn't invent the Glad Tidings of Christ; nor was he teaching anything that wasn't before already in the words of the Prophets. Why do you hang on something that causes worthless arguments? Read in Corinthians what Paul himself says about those who put too much on being his disciples: God is the Saviour and Lord!
  • Wayne
    A Disciple, Paul calls it "my gospel" Romans 2:16.
  • A disciple
    "But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore." Exodus 14:29-30 One of the great signs for us to look to for understanding the way we take with Jesus, is the salvation and deliverance of Israel from Egypt, and the consequent humbling and destruction of Pharaoh and his army. The Day of our deliverance and salvation will be the same Day that God executes judgment on the pride and the idols of the wicked. Our very salvation is the rebuke of everything they have used to build their world, and all they trust in to support their delusions. The things that the evil ones count on to be our inescapable ruin shall be the very things that God will make our deliverance for ever out of their hands. "Stand still and see the salvation of the LORD with you!"
  • Steve morrow
    HEBREWS 12:5 AND YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN THE EXHORTATION WHICH SPEAKETH UNTO YOU AS UNTO CHILDREN --MY SON--DESPISE NOT THE CHASTENING OF THE LORD NOR FAINT WHEN THOU ART REBUKED OF HIM --6--FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVETH HE CHASENETH AND SCOURGETH EVERY SON HE RECEIVETH --7--IF YOU ENDURE CHASTENING-- GOD DEALETH WITH YOU AS SONS FOR WHAT SON IS HE WHOM THE FATHER CHASENETH NOT --8--BUT IF YOU BE WITHOUT CHASTISEMENT ---WHEREOF ALL ARE PARTAKERS ---THEN ARE YOU BASTARDS AND NOT SONS --9--FURTHERMORE WE HAVE HAD FATHERS OF OUR FLESH WHICH CORRECTED US AND WE GAVE THEM REVERANCE SHALL WE NOT MUCH RATHER BE IN SUBJECTION UNTO THE FATHER OF SPIRITS AND LIVE DUETERONOMY 29:29 THE SECRET THINGS BELONG UNTO THE LORD OUR GOD BUT THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE REVEALED BELONG UNTO US AND TO OUR CHILDREN FOR EVER THAT WE MAY DO ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LAW ISAIAH 42:9 BEHOLD THE FORMER THINGS ARE COME TO PASS AND NEW THINGS DO I DECLARE BEFORE THEY SPRINGFORTH I TELL YOU OF THEM
  • A disciple
    "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right." Ephesians 6:1 In the context of this part of the Epistle on the subject of Submitting ourselves to, and honoring and loving one another whether it is the married couple, the parents and their children, the servants and their masters, the community and their rulers the measure of our love for Jesus and our obedience, is in how we walk in truth and love toward those in our most ordinary relations and everyday life. Every kind of relationship whether with family, friends, neighbors or strangers, we need to learn their important relation with our walk with God, and should be regarded as the way we will actually do what the Lord says. If we read our Bibles, attend meetings and fellowship, witness to others, we don't want to be a "Street Angel, and a Home Devil!" In other words, appearing to be a devout and holy Christian outside the home, but a terrible selfish monster toward your family at home!
  • Macie
    this bible reading is so important parents please raise you children in the lord

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