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

  • Bruce
    The Bible:2 Books in One. Worldly And Spiritual. The Lost Can Only Read The Bible Worldly. When Kids had Secret Code Books they Needed a Special Film to Read The Code. When We answer The Call(John 6:44) We're Washed by His Blood and The Spirit Moves in:(Revelation1:5, Mark1:8)We Now See. Is Man a Paradigm? Man: Male. Hebrew(Person,Species, Mankind etc. is that Male and Female? Read 4thPost Below
  • Vanessa
    Bruce in hebrew paradigm Genesis 2:18 said it all about man and why woman was created , Adam was male according to God's word
  • Bruce
    Dave? Him that Thinketh He Standeth Take Heed Lest He Fall(1Corinthians 10:12) We are To Judge: by Their Fruits We Shall Know Them( Matthew 7:20) The Only One to be Lifted Up: So Must The Son of Man be Lifted Up(John 3:14) Join You in Your Pride? What! Out of The Heart---Comes Evil Thoughts ---- Wickedness, Deceit--- Pride, Foolishness: These Things Defile a Man(Mark 7:20-23) What are You Saying?
  • David Dale Aldridge
    I am here to serve. Should anyone have ever doubted me, it was never your place to judge. You will see me ordained and held up high to exalt, honor and glorify my Lord in Heaven. Michael reincarnate. I asked and He gave me His Strength, His Love, His Conviction. It has begun, Jesus is my Saviour. He is in me. The Holy Ghost never leaves me. I will live forever in the House of the Lord and praise Him and raise His name in Glory! Join me and my Pride in service for our Father in Heaven, the time is near for all to see. You have no more time to deny me, His truth is spoken through me. I cannot be hurt by mortal men. He is my Rock, My Strength, and my King. One love, One chance, Last time. He loves us and is asking you to suit up and fight, we are His Warriors. May God bless you all.
  • Bruce
    Lewis: Adam or Man Comes From The Same Hebrew Word, Meaning: Human, Species, Mankind, etc. That Means Women or Men, Any Race. Man was Made First because God wanted Him to Take Care of Eve. To Watch Over and Protect. He's The Head of The Family. Sounds Like You're Playing into Satan's Hand. The Lord Said: In The End Times there Will be Mockers(Jude18)or is it Just a Lack of Understanding?
  • Lewis
    Genesis1 "let us make man in our image"...the word is "man" not ladies. It so interesting you admonish Satan for changing GOD's word, yet you do it by claiming something not recorded. Unless you scapegoat your way thru by saying "man" is intended to be "man kind" as generality. Whomever you are memorize James 3:1 do more, pray often type less. John 14:9 -Jesus was a Male. A woman comes from man. Adam was created first for a very good reason. Masculine Feminine are not the same. "Father in Heaven" makes it clear. Jesus did not teach us at anytime GOD was Unisex nor genderless. In Fact when ye pray...it is recorded... Father in Heaven. May GOD Grant you the wisdom knowledge of His Word.

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