Ephesians 6:12

“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 (KJV)

Other Translations for 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

Bible Commentary for Ephesians 6:12

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 6:12

  • Joel Clark Sr on Ephesians 6:12
    A comforting Word from God. He knows what we must endure in the last days. He will be us.
  • The victorious one on Ephesians 6:12
    Jesus gave,we should give. Fight the good fight by praying in the Holy ghost and letting the peace of God rule and rein in your hearts. Futhermore the victory is already ours through Jesus. We are never defeated!
  • Ruthie on Ephesians 6:12
    God will not give the evil doers upper hands over us!
  • Robert armani on Ephesians 6:12
    why did GOD allowed all these spirits to overcome us
  • LovNJesus on Ephesians 6:12
    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 on Ephesians 6:12
    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.
  • Pastor Kingsley Jatt on Ephesians 6:12
    The world is not a fun fair but a war fair; the day you enlist with Christ, you sign war with the devil. But with the instrumentality of faith through Christ Jesus, you will surely overcome and win the crown. Christ never says there will be no trouble as a child of God but he said he has given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions( the evil ones) and to overcome the power of the enemies and nothing will harm you
  • Hurt on Ephesians 6:12
    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 on Ephesians 6:12
    The only weapon to fight for us is prayer against evil spirits ,our lord wil stand for us forever AMEN
  • Cheryl. C. on Ephesians 6:12
    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 !!!!


 

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