Ephesians 6:17
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:

Christian Standard Bible
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit--which is the word of God.

Contemporary English Version
Let God's saving power be like a helmet, and for a sword use God's message that comes from the Spirit.

Good News Translation
And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you.

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 given me Your shield of salvation; and Your gentleness exalts me.

Isaiah 49:2
He made my mouth like a sharp sword; He hid me in the shadow of His hand. He made me like a polished arrow; He hid me in His quiver.

Isaiah 59:17
He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on His head; He put on garments of vengeance and wrapped Himself in a cloak of zeal.

Hosea 6:5
Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth, and My judgments go forth like lightning.

Zechariah 4:6
So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 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 judges 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 upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass…

Isaiah 59:17
For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.

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.

the sword.

Isaiah 49:2
And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Revelation 1:16
And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

which.

Matthew 4:4,7,10,11
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God…

Hebrews 12:5,6
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: …

Hebrews 13:5,6
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee…







Lexicon
And
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

take
δέξασθε (dexasthe)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Middle - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1209: To take, receive, accept, welcome. Middle voice of a primary verb; to receive.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

helmet
περικεφαλαίαν (perikephalaian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4030: A helmet. Feminine of a compound of peri and kephale; encirclement of the head, i.e. A helmet.

of salvation
σωτηρίου (sōtēriou)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4992: Saving, bringing salvation; subst: salvation. Neuter of the same as soteria as noun; defender or defence.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

sword
μάχαιραν (machairan)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3162: A sword. Probably feminine of a presumed derivative of mache; a knife, i.e. Dirk; figuratively, war, judicial punishment.

of the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Spirit,
Πνεύματος (Pneumatos)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4151: Wind, breath, spirit.

which
(ho)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

[the] word
ῥῆμα (rhēma)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4487: From rheo; an utterance, ; by implication, a matter or topic; with a negative naught whatever.

of God.
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.
(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. 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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