Ephesians 6:14
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English Standard Version
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of 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;

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,

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

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Vincent's Word Studies

Having your loins girt about (περιζωσάμενοι τὴν ὀσφὺν)

The verb is middle, not passive. Rev., correctly, having girded. Compare Isaiah 11:5. The principal terms in this description of the christian armor are taken from the Septuagint of Isaiah.

Truth (ἀληθείᾳ)

The state of the heart answering to God's truth; inward, practical acknowledgment of the truth as it is in Him: the agreement of our convictions with God's revelation.

The loins encircled by the girdle form the central point of the physical system. Hence, in Scripture, the loins are described as the seat of power. "To smite through the loins" is to strike a fatal blow. "To lay affliction upon the loins" is to afflict heavily. Here was the point of junction for the main pieces of the body-armor, so that the girdle formed the common bond of the whole. Truth gives unity to the different virtues, and determinateness and consistency to character. All the virtues are exercised within the sphere of truth.

Breastplate of righteousness (θώρακα τῆς δικαιοσύνης)

Compare Isaiah 59:17. Righteousness is used here in the sense of moral rectitude. In 1 Thessalonians 5:8, the breastplate is described as of faith and love. Homer speaks of light-armed warriors armed with linen corsets; and these were worn to much later times by Asiatic soldiers, and were occasionally adopted by the Romans. Thus Suetonius says of Galba, that on the day on which he was slain by Otho's soldiers, he put on a linen corset, though aware that it would avail little against the enemy's daggers ("Galba," 19). Horn was used for this purpose by some of the barbarous nations. It was cut into small pieces, which were fastened like scales upon linen shirts. Later, the corset of metal scales fastened upon leather or linen, or of flexible bands of steel folding over each other, was introduced. They appear on Roman monuments of the times of the emperors. The Roman spearmen wore cuirasses of chain-mail. Virgil mentions those in which the linked rings were of gold ("Aeneid," iii., 467). The stiff cuirass called στάδιος standing upright, because, when placed upon its lower edge it stood erect, consisted of two parts: the breastplate, made of hard leather, bronze, or iron, and a corresponding plate covering the back. They were connected by leathern straps or metal bands passing over the shoulders and fastened in front, and by hinges on the right side.

The breastplate covers the vital parts, as the heart.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 the girdle of his reins.

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 on the right hand and on the left,

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 on his head...

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

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

Cross References
Job 29:14
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban.

Isaiah 11:5
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

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

Luke 12:35
"Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning,

Romans 13:12
The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Ephesians 6:13
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

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

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