Ephesians

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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

  • Grace
    When the enemy comes in like a flood the lord will lift up a standard against him. When you have done all that you can do stand remembering that the battle does not belong to you but to the lord.And that we are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus, we should guard ourselves every day with the armor like solders going to battle, to tear down the high things that is not of God.
  • Johnniemae Williams
    The book of Ephesians reminds me of the book of Colossians, because is telling us about being obedient to our parents.
  • Gods witness
    Cheryl (The breath of life is his spirit) so that which makes you you is spirit. And the very scripture you used about the breath returning to God it actually says spirit not breath returns back to God (but remember the breath is the spirit). these are all scriptures that let you know this is true Ecclesi. 12:7/Job 32:8/ Prov. 20:27/ Rom.8:16/Zech. 12:1/Gen. 2:7/job 27:3/Heb. 4:12
  • Mr. Smith
    Cheryl: Check out 1 Thessalonians 5:23. You should find your question answered there. God bless.
  • Steve morrow
    EPHESIANS 6:17 and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit which is the word of GOD 2 THESSALONIANS and then shall that wicked be revealed whom THE LORD shall consume with the spirit of HIS mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of HIS coming REVELATION 19:10 and I fell at his feet to worship him and he said unto me see thou do it not I am thy fellowservant and of the brethren that have the testimony of JESUS worship GOD for the testimony of JESUS is the spirit of prophecy LUKE 9:26 for whosoever shall be ashamed of ME and of MY words of him shall the SON OF MAN be ashamed when HE shall come in HIS own glory and in HIS FATHERS and of the holy angels 2 THESSALONIANS 2:3 let no man deceive you by any means for that day shall not come except there come a falling away first and that man of sin be revealed the son of perdition 1 JOHN 2:28 and now little children abide in HIM that when HE shall appear we may have confidence and not be ashamed before HIM at HIS coming --2:29-- if you know that HE is righteous you know that everyone that doeth righteousness --- is born of HIM --- EPHESIANS 6:14 stand therefore having your loins girt about --with truth--and having on the breastplate of --righteousness--
  • A disciple
    Nathaniel; You say good words, that are so important! As to the efficacy of prayer of a righteous man; in Daniel 9 the man of God was reflecting on the Scriptures and praying and confessing and fasting about the things he read; and while he was doing these things there was great battle in the spirit world of the heavens for the sake of bringing God's answer and understanding to Daniel.

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