Ephesians 6:14
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New International Version
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

New Living Translation
Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness.

English Standard Version
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

New American Standard Bible
Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,

King James Bible
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest,

International Standard Version
Stand firm, therefore, having fastened the belt of truth around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

NET Bible
Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Stand therefore and gird your waist with the truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God's approval as your breastplate.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Stand firm, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth and having on the breastplate, {the coat of mail and coat of arms} of righteousness,

King James 2000 Bible
Stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

American King James Version
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

American Standard Version
Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice,

Darby Bible Translation
Stand therefore, having girt about your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

English Revised Version
Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Webster's Bible Translation
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breast-plate of righteousness;

Weymouth New Testament
Stand therefore, first fastening round you the girdle of truth and putting on the breastplate of uprightness

World English Bible
Stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Young's Literal Translation
Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about in truth, and having put on the breastplate of the righteousness,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:10-18 Spiritual strength and courage are needed for our spiritual warfare and suffering. Those who would prove themselves to have true grace, must aim at all grace; and put on the whole armour of God, which he prepares and bestows. The Christian armour is made to be worn; and there is no putting off our armour till we have done our warfare, and finished our course. The combat is not against human enemies, nor against our own corrupt nature only; we have to do with an enemy who has a thousand ways of beguiling unstable souls. The devils assault us in the things that belong to our souls, and labour to deface the heavenly image in our hearts. We must resolve by God's grace, not to yield to Satan. Resist him, and he will flee. If we give way, he will get ground. If we distrust either our cause, or our Leader, or our armour, we give him advantage. The different parts of the armour of heavy-armed soldiers, who had to sustain the fiercest assaults of the enemy, are here described. There is none for the back; nothing to defend those who turn back in the Christian warfare. Truth, or sincerity, is the girdle. This girds on all the other pieces of our armour, and is first mentioned. There can be no religion without sincerity. The righteousness of Christ, imputed to us, is a breastplate against the arrows of Divine wrath. The righteousness of Christ implanted in us, fortifies the heart against the attacks of Satan. Resolution must be as greaves, or armour to our legs; and to stand their ground or to march forward in rugged paths, the feet must be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Motives to obedience, amidst trials, must be drawn from a clear knowledge of the gospel. Faith is all in all in an hour of temptation. Faith, as relying on unseen objects, receiving Christ and the benefits of redemption, and so deriving grace from him, is like a shield, a defence every way. The devil is the wicked one. Violent temptations, by which the soul is set on fire of hell, are darts Satan shoots at us. Also, hard thoughts of God, and as to ourselves. Faith applying the word of God and the grace of Christ, quenches the darts of temptation. Salvation must be our helmet. A good hope of salvation, a Scriptural expectation of victory, will purify the soul, and keep it from being defiled by Satan. To the Christian armed for defense in battle, the apostle recommends only one weapon of attack; but it is enough, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. It subdues and mortifies evil desires and blasphemous thoughts as they rise within; and answers unbelief and error as they assault from without. A single text, well understood, and rightly applied, at once destroys a temptation or an objection, and subdues the most formidable adversary. Prayer must fasten all the other parts of our Christian armour. There are other duties of religion, and of our stations in the world, but we must keep up times of prayer. Though set and solemn prayer may not be seasonable when other duties are to be done, yet short pious prayers darted out, always are so. We must use holy thoughts in our ordinary course. A vain heart will be vain in prayer. We must pray with all kinds of prayer, public, private, and secret; social and solitary; solemn and sudden: with all the parts of prayer; confession of sin, petition for mercy, and thanksgiving for favours received. And we must do it by the grace of God the Holy Spirit, in dependence on, and according to, his teaching. We must preserve in particular requests, notwithstanding discouragements. We must pray, not for ourselves only, but for all saints. Our enemies are mighty, and we are without strength, but our Redeemer is almighty, and in the power of his mighty we may overcome. Wherefore we must stir up ourselves. Have not we, when God has called, often neglected to answer? Let us think upon these things, and continue our prayers with patience.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - Stand therefore, having girt about your loins with truth. The "stand" in ver. 13 denotes the end of the conflict; this "stand" is at the beginning. Obviously there must be a firm stand at the beginning if there is to be at the end. In order to this, we must fasten the girdle round our loins - viz, truth, here used in a comprehensive sense, denoting honesty; sincerity of profession in opposition to all sham, levity, hypocrisy; and likewise the element of "truth in Jesus" (Ephesians 5:21), the substance of the gospel revelation. We are to gird ourselves in truth, ἐν ἀληθείᾳ, establishing ourselves in that element, wrapping it round us; ἐν ἀληθείᾳ, literally, "girded in truth." And having put on the breastplate of righteousness. Comp. Ephesians 5:24, for at least one element of the righteousness - righteousness wrought in us by the Holy Ghost after the image of Christ. But a more comprehensive use of the term is not excluded - the whole righteousness that we derive from Christ - righteousness imputed and righteousness infused.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Stand therefore,.... Keep your ground, do not desert the army, the church of Christ, nor his cause; continue in the station in which you are placed, keep your post, be upon your watch, stand upon your guard:

having your loins girt about with truth; by which is meant the Gospel, and the several doctrines of it; see Ephesians 1:13; and to have the loins girt with it, shows, that it should be near and close to the saints, and never departed from; and that it is a means of keeping them close to God and Christ, and of strengthening them against the assaults and attacks of Satan; and is of great use in the Christians' spiritual conflict with their enemies; the girdle is a part of armour, and so considerable as sometimes to be put for the whole, Isaiah 5:27; and here it is mentioned in the first place:

and having on the breastplate of righteousness; in allusion to Isaiah 59:17, meaning not works of righteousness done by men, though these are a fence when rightly used against the reproaches and charges of the enemy, as they were by Samuel, 1 Samuel 12:3, but rather the graces of faith and love, 1 Thessalonians 5:8, though faith has another place in the Christian armour, afterwards mentioned; wherefore it seems best to understand this of the righteousness of Christ, which being imputed by God, and received by faith, is a guard against, and repels the accusations and charges of Satan, and is a security from all wrath and condemnation.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. Stand—The repetition in Eph 6:11, 14, shows that standing, that is, maintaining our ground, not yielding or fleeing, is the grand aim of the Christian soldier. Translate as Greek, "Having girt about your loins with truth," that is, with truthfulness, sincerity, a good conscience (2Co 1:12; 1Ti 1:5, 18; 3:9). Truth is the band that girds up and keeps together the flowing robes, so as that the Christian soldier may be unencumbered for action. So the Passover was eaten with the loins girt, and the shoes on the feet (Ex 12:11; compare Isa 5:27; Lu 12:35). Faithfulness (Septuagint, "truth") is the girdle of Messiah (Isa 11:5): so truth of His followers.

having on—Greek, "having put on."

breastplate of righteousness—(Isa 59:17), similarly of Messiah. "Righteousness" is here joined with "truth," as in Eph 5:9: righteousness in works, truth in words [Estius] (1Jo 3:7). Christ's righteousness inwrought in us by the Spirit. "Faith and love," that is, faith working righteousness by love, are "the breastplate" in 1Th 5:8.

Ephesians 6:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Full Armor of God
13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, 15and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;…
Cross References
Job 29:14
I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.

Isaiah 11:5
Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

Isaiah 59:17
He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.

Luke 12:35
"Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,

Romans 13:12
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Ephesians 6:13
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

1 Thessalonians 5:8
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
Treasury of Scripture

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

having.

Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Isaiah 11:5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness …

Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

2 Corinthians 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness …

1 Peter 1:13 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober…

the breastplate. The [thorax,] or breastplate, consisted of two parts; one of which covered the whole region of the thorax or breast, and the other the back, as far down as the front part extended.

Isaiah 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation …

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate …

Revelation 9:9,17 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron…

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