2 Corinthians 10:5
Parallel Verses
New International Version
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

New Living Translation
We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

English Standard Version
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

Berean Study Bible
We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Berean Literal Bible
overthrowing arguments, and every high thing lifting itself up against the knowledge of God, and taking captive every thought into the obedience of Christ,

New American Standard Bible
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

King James Bible
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ.

International Standard Version
and every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive in order to obey the Messiah.

NET Bible
and every arrogant obstacle that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obey Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And we pull down reasonings and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and we take all minds prisoner to the obedience of The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and all their intellectual arrogance that oppose the knowledge of God. We take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ.

New American Standard 1977
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

Jubilee Bible 2000
casting down reasonings and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and leading captive every thought into the obedience of the Christ

King James 2000 Bible
Casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

American King James Version
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

American Standard Version
casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And every height that exhalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every understanding unto the obedience of Christ;

Darby Bible Translation
overthrowing reasonings and every high thing that lifts itself up against the knowledge of God, and leading captive every thought into the obedience of the Christ;

English Revised Version
casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;

Webster's Bible Translation
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Weymouth New Testament
For we overthrow arrogant 'reckonings,' and every stronghold that towers high in defiance of the knowledge of God, and we carry off every thought as if into slavery--into subjection to Christ;

World English Bible
throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;

Young's Literal Translation
reasonings bringing down, and every high thing lifted up against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of the Christ,
Study Bible
Paul's Apostolic Authority
4The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, as soon as your obedience is complete.…
Word Study

(a) I take down, pull down, depose, destroy. From kata and haireomai; to lower demolish.

Reasoning, thinking; a conception, device. From logizomai; computation, i.e. reasoning.

And, even, also, namely.

All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

Height, barrier, bulwark; presumption. From hupsoo; an elevated place or thing, i.e. altitude, or a barrier.

lifting itself up
epairomenon (V-PPM-ANS)
To raise, lift up. From epi and airo; to raise up.

A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Knowledge, doctrine, wisdom. From ginosko; knowing, i.e. knowledge.

A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

And, even, also, namely.

To take captive (in war); I subdue, ensnare. From aichmalotos; to make captive.

All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

From noieo; a perception, i.e. Purpose, or the intellect, disposition, itself.

A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Obedience, submissiveness, compliance. From hupakouo; attentive hearkening, i.e. compliance or submission.

Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
10:1-6 While others thought meanly, and spake scornfully of the apostle, he had low thoughts, and spake humbly of himself. We should be aware of our own infirmities, and think humbly of ourselves, even when men reproach us. The work of the ministry is a spiritual warfare with spiritual enemies, and for spiritual purposes. Outward force is not the method of the gospel, but strong persuasions, by the power of truth and the meekness of wisdom. Conscience is accountable to God only; and people must be persuaded to God and their duty, not driven by force. Thus the weapons of our warfare are very powerful; the evidence of truth is convincing. What opposition is made against the gospel, by the powers of sin and Satan in the hearts of men! But observe the conquest the word of God gains. The appointed means, however feeble they appear to some, will be mighty through God. And the preaching of the cross, by men of faith and prayer, has always been fatal to idolatry, impiety, and wickedness.
Cross References
Isaiah 2:11
The proud look of man will be abased And the loftiness of man will be humbled, And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.

Jeremiah 23:29
"Is not My word like fire?" declares the LORD, "and like a hammer which shatters a rock?

2 Corinthians 9:13
Because of the proof this ministry provides, the saints will glorify God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ, and for the generosity of your contribution to them and to all the others.

2 Corinthians 11:20
In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or exalts himself or strikes you in the face.

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Treasury of Scripture

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

down.

Luke 1:51 He has showed strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in …

Acts 4:25,26 Who by the mouth of your servant David have said, Why did the heathen …

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, …

1 Corinthians 1:19,27-29 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will …

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, …

imaginations. or, reasonings. and every.

Exodus 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to …

Exodus 9:16,17 And in very deed for this cause have I raised you up, for to show …

2 Kings 19:22,28 Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? and against whom have you …

Psalm 18:27 For you will save the afflicted people; but will bring down high looks.

Job 40:11,12 Cast abroad the rage of your wrath: and behold every one that is …

Job 42:6 Why I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after …

Isaiah 2:11,12,17 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men …

Isaiah 60:14 The sons also of them that afflicted you shall come bending to you…

Ezekiel 17:24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought …

Daniel 4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, …

Daniel 5:23-30 But have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven; and they …

Acts 9:4-6 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, …

Philippians 3:4-9 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man …

2 Thessalonians 2:4,8 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that …

bringing.

Matthew 11:29,30 Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in …

Romans 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind…

every thought.

Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet smell; and the LORD said in his heart, …

Deuteronomy 15:9 Beware that there be not a thought in your wicked heart, saying, …

Psalm 139:2 You know my sitting down and my rising up, you understand my thought afar off.

Proverbs 15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the …

Proverbs 24:9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: …

Isaiah 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: …

Jeremiah 4:14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. …

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, …

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any …

the obedience.

Psalm 18:44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall …

Psalm 110:2,3 The LORD shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion: rule you …

Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to …

Romans 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, …

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation …

1 Peter 1:2,14,15,22 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification …

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