Ephesians 6:18

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Praying alwayes with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseuerance, and supplication for all Saints,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the Spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints,
- American Standard Version (1901)

With prayers and deep desires, making requests at all times in the Spirit, and keeping watch, with strong purpose, in prayer for all the saints,
- Basic English Bible

praying at all seasons, with all prayer and supplication in [the] Spirit, and watching unto this very thing with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints;
- Darby Bible

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching for this purpose with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
- Webster's Bible

Pray with unceasing prayer and entreaty on every fitting occasion in the Spirit, and be always on the alert to seize opportunities for doing so, with unwearied persistence and entreaty on behalf of all God's people,
- Weymouth Bible

with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints:
- World English Bible

Bi al preier and bisechyng preie ye al tyme in spirit, and in hym wakinge in al bisynesse, and bisechyng for alle hooli men, and for me;
- Wycliffe Bible

through all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the Spirit, and in regard to this same, watching in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 6:18


6:18 Praying always - At all times, and on every occasion, in midst of all employments, inwardly praying without ceasing. By the Spirit - Through the influence of the Holy Spirit. With all prayer - With all sort of prayer, public, private, mental, vocal. Some are careful in respect of one kind of prayer, and negligent in others. If we would have the petitions we ask, let us use all. Some there are who use only mental prayer or ejaculations, and think they are in a state of grace, and use a way of worship, far superior to any other: but such only fancy themselves to be above what is really above them; it requiring far more grace to be enabled to pour out a fervent and continued prayer, than to offer up mental aspirations. And supplication - Repeating and urging our prayer, as Christ did in the garden. And watching - Inwardly attending on God, to know his will, to gain power to do it, and to attain to the blessings we desire. With all perseverance - Continuing to the end in this holy exercise. And supplication for all the saints - Wrestling in fervent, continued intercession for others, especially for the faithful, that they may do all the will of God, and be steadfast to the end. Perhaps we receive few answers to prayer, because we do not intercede enough for others.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 6:18


Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication. No one can wield the sword of the Spirit rightly without constant prayer. In the Spirit. As spiritual men. With . . . supplication for all saints. Our supplications are not to be for ourselves only, but for all the people of God.

Discussion for Ephesians 6

  • Mary
    Paul was in prison when he wrote Ephesians. Tychicus was there with him, and it is a blessing that he was. Paul told us how to fight against the evil spirits and he even gave us instructions on how to dress. Putting on the whole armour, it is all there verses 11 through 18. I love it. If we follow this advice we cannot miss.
  • Cheryl
    So when God form man from the dust of Earth and breath the breath of life in him he did not say man was a spirit but upon death our life breath returns to him when did he say man had separate form other than one he gave us
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Codes of good practice for children and servants are here. Also, we should “put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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….that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day
  • Emanuel Fernandes
    Mystery of inquitity it's describing a Christians true enemy which is the spiritual realm your enemies are not just your sinful flesh it's the devils that tempt your sinful flesh controlled by the god of this world your adversary the devil
  • A disciple
    Hi Cheryl; What it means is that there is a spiritual world underlying the physical world as we see it; and that it is not against flesh and blood, but against spirits and their dominions over men and whole regions of the world. We can see that happening in the smallest towns and the largest cities and entire Countries and cultures what great spiritual and moral war right now is everywhere.
  • Bruce
    Cheryl: We are fighting against Satan and his influence on the world. Without The Armor of God we are doomed. Verse 11-13

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