Ephesians 6:17
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New International Version
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

New Living Translation
Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

English Standard Version
and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

Berean Study Bible
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Berean Literal Bible
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

New American Standard Bible
And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

King James Bible
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God's word.

International Standard Version
also take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

NET Bible
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

New Heart English Bible
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the spoken word of God;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Put on the helmet of salvation and grasp the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Also take salvation as your helmet and the word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies.

New American Standard 1977
And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

King James 2000 Bible
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

American King James Version
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

American Standard Version
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God).

Darby Bible Translation
Have also the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God's word;

English Revised Version
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Webster's Bible Translation
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Weymouth New Testament
and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.

World English Bible
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

Young's Literal Translation
and the helmet of the salvation receive, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the saying of God,
Study Bible
The Armor of God
16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 22:36
"You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your help makes me great.

Isaiah 49:2
He has made My mouth like a sharp sword, In the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me; And He has also made Me a select arrow, He has hidden Me in His quiver.

Isaiah 59:17
He put on righteousness like a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.

Hosea 6:5
Therefore I have hewn them in pieces by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth; And the judgments on you are like the light that goes forth.

Zechariah 4:6
Then he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts.

Ephesians 5:26
to sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

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

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 6:5
who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age--
Treasury of Scripture

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

the helmet.

1 Samuel 17:5,58 And he had an helmet of brass on his head, and he was armed with …

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 …

the sword.

Isaiah 49:2 And he has made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his …

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

Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went …

Revelation 2:16 Repent; or else I will come to you quickly, and will fight against …

Revelation 19:15 And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite …

which.

Matthew 4:4,7,10,11 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread …

Hebrews 12:5,6 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to …

Hebrews 13:5,6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with …

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of …

(17) And take.--There is a break here. We are said not to put on, but to "take" (or rather, receive)--a word specially appropriate to "salvation."

The helmet of salvation.--The word here (as in Luke 2:30; Luke 3:6; Acts 28:28) rendered "salvation," is not the word commonly so rendered in the New Testament. It is, indeed, not "salvation" in the abstract, but a general expression for "that which tends to salvation." But it occurs in the LXX. version of Isaiah 59:17, which seems obviously referred to, "He put" a helmet of salvation upon his head." In 1Thessalonians 5:8, where the breastplate is "of faith and love," the helmet supplies the third member of the triad of Christian graces in "the hope of salvation." Here the metaphor is probably somewhat different. The helmet guarding the head, the most noble and vital part, is "salvation" in the concrete--all that is of the Saviour, all that makes up our "state of salvation" by His atonement and grace--received in earnest now, hoped for in perfection hereafter.

The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.--In this we pass to the one offensive weapon of the Christian, "the sword of the Spirit"--i.e., given by the Holy Spirit--which, like the helmet, but unlike the rest of the defensive armour, does not become a part of himself, but is absolutely of God. The passage reminds us at once of Hebrews 4:12 : "The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword." But there (as in 1Corinthians 14:26; 2Corinthians 2:17; Colossians 1:25; 2 Tim. 2:29) the original word is the larger and deeper word (Logos), signifying the truth of God in itself, and gradually leading up to the ultimate sense in which our Lord Himself is the "Word of God," revealing the Godhead to man. Accordingly the work of the Word there, is that of the "engrafted Word," "to divide asunder the soul and the spirit" within. Here, on the contrary, we have another expression (Rhema), signifying the Word as spoken; and St. Peter (in 1Peter 1:25) defines it exactly: "The word of the Lord endureth for ever; and this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." We cannot, of course, limit it to Holy Scripture, though we naturally remember that our Lord used the Scriptures as His only weapon in the Temptation. It is the gospel of Christ, however and wherever spoken, able to put to shame and to flight the powers of evil.

Verse 17. - And take the helmet of salvation. This is the head-covering (comp. Psalm 140:7). In 1 Thessalonians 5:8 we read, "putting on for an helmet the hope of salvation." The glorious truth that we are saved (comp. Ephesians 2:5, 8) appropriated, rested on, rejoiced in, will protect even so vital a part as the head, will keep us from intellectual surrender and rationalistic doubt. And the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. The sword supplied by the Spirit, the Word being inspired by him, and employed by the Spirit; for he enlightens us to know it, applies it to us, and teaches us to use it both defensively and offensively. Our Lord in his conflict with Satan, and also with the scribes and Pharisees, has taught us how this weapon is to be used, and with what wonderful effect. Paul, too, reasoning from the Scriptures and proving from them "that this Jesus whom I preach unto you is the Christ," or (going back to the Old Testament) the author of the hundred and nineteenth psalm, showing us how the soul is to be fed, quickened, strengthened and comforted out of God's Law, indicates the manifold use of the sword, and shows how earnestly we should study and practice this sword exercise, for our own good and the good of others. And take the helmet of salvation,.... Meaning either Christ himself, the Saviour; and so the Arabic version renders it, "the helmet of the Saviour": or the salvation itself, which he is the author of, and a well grounded hope of it; see 1 Thessalonians 5:8; the allusion is to Isaiah 59:17; and such an hope of salvation by Christ is a defence of the head against false doctrines; for the helmet is a piece of armour for the head; and it is an erecter of the head in times of difficulty, affliction, and distress; and it covers the head in the day of battle, when engaged with Satan, the enemy of souls:

and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; the word of God is compared to a "sword", for its two edges, the law and Gospel; the one convicts of sin, and cuts to the heart for it, and the other cuts down all the goodliness of man; and the Scriptures in general are a sharp sword, in convincing of sin, reproving for it, and threatening with wrath and ruin, in refuting error and heresy, and repelling Satan's temptations, and will be used in the destruction of antichrist: and this word may be called "the sword of the Spirit", because it is not carnal, but of a spiritual nature; and is used by the spiritual man; and because the Holy Spirit, as the Ethiopic version here expresses it, is the author of it; and which he furnishes the saints with, and teaches them how to make use of, and makes it powerful and effectual. So the Jews say (t), the words of the law are like to a sword, and speak of "the sword of the law" (u).

(t) Targum in Cant. 3. 8. (u) Bereshit Rabba, sect. 21. fol. 19. 1.17. take—a different Greek word from that in Eph 6:13, 16; translate, therefore, "receive," "accept," namely, the helmet offered by the Lord, namely, "salvation" appropriated, as 1Th 5:8, "Helmet, the hope of salvation"; not an uncertain hope, but one that brings with it no shame of disappointment (Ro 5:5). It is subjoined to the shield of faith, as being its inseparable accompaniment (compare Ro 5:1, 5). The head of the soldier was among the principal parts to be defended, as on it the deadliest strokes might fall, and it is the head that commands the whole body. The head is the seat of the mind, which, when it has laid hold of the sure Gospel "hope" of eternal life, will not receive false doctrine, or give way to Satan's temptations to despair. God, by this hope, "lifts up the head" (Ps 3:3; Lu 21:28).

sword of the Spirit—that is, furnished by the Spirit, who inspired the writers of the word of God (2Pe 1:21). Again the Trinity is implied: the Spirit here; and Christ in "salvation" and God the Father, Eph 6:13 (compare Heb 4:12; Re 1:16; 2:12). The two-edged sword, cutting both ways (Ps 45:3, 5), striking some with conviction and conversion, and others with condemnation (Isa 11:4; Re 19:15), is in the mouth of Christ (Isa 49:2), in the hand of His saints (Ps 149:6). Christ's use of this sword in the temptation is our pattern as to how we are to wield it against Satan (Mt 4:4, 7, 10). There is no armor specified for the back, but only for the front of the body; implying that we must never turn our back to the foe (Lu 9:62); our only safety is in resisting ceaselessly (Mt 4:11; Jas 4:7).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.
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