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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A territory ruled by a prince or sovereignty; hence, superiority; predominance; high, or the highest, station.

2. (n.) A prince; one invested with sovereignty.

3. (n.) The territory or jurisdiction of a prince; or the country which gives title to a prince; as, the principality of Wales.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

prin-si-pal'-i-ti: In the Old Testament the word occurs but once (Jeremiah 13:18, "your principalities shall come down"). Here the King James Version margin "head tires" is properly preferred by the Revised Version (British and American) for mera'ashoth (from ro'sh, "head"), "head-parts."

In the New Testament "principality" occurs for arche, "rule," generally in the plural, referring

(a) to men in authority (Titus 3:1, "Put them in mind to be subject (the King James Version; "in subjection," the Revised Version (British and American)) to principalities (the King James Version; "rulers," the Revised Version (British and American)), and powers" (the King James Version; "to authorities," the Revised Version (British and American));

(b) to superhuman agencies, angelic or demonic (Romans 8:38 Ephesians 3:10; Ephesians 6:12 Colossians 1:16; Colossians 2:10, 15). Paul was keenly sensible of the dualism of mind and body and of the law in his members warring against the law of his mind (Romans 7:23), and of the temporary victory of the evil, residing in the flesh, over the good of the spirit (Romans 7:14).

This dualism was objectified in Zoroastrianism, and among the Babylonians the several heavenly bodies were regarded as ruled by spirits, some good, some evil. The same belief, appropriated by the Jews during the captivity, appears also in Greek thought, as e.g. in Plato and later in the Stoics. The higher spheres, which hold the even tenor of their way, were in general regarded as ruled by good spirits; but in the sublunar sphere, to which the earth belongs, ill-regulated motions prevail, which must be due to evil spirits. The perversities of human conduct, in particular, thwarting, as was thought, the simple, intelligible divine plan, were held to be subject to rebellious powers offering defiance to God. While Paul clearly recognized a hierarchy of such powers (Colossians 1:16, "thrones or dominions or principalities or powers"), it is not certain that he had elaborated a system of eons to serve the purposes of metaphysical theology and ethics, such as appears among the Gnostics, although they evidently believed they were developing his thought. In 1 Corinthians 2:6 he repudiates the wisdom of this world (aion) and of the rulers of this world aion), and declares (Ephesians 6:12) that the Christian has to contend with "the world-rulers of this darkness," and proclaims the triumph of Christ over "the principalities and the powers" in the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 2:15). The same personification of such agencies or powers appears also in another passage, where the rendering of English Versions of the Bible obscures it (Ephesians 1:20, 21 "when he raised him (Christ) from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all (read "every") rule (Revised Version; "principality," the King James Version), and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this world (aion), but also in that which is to come"). Not the least interesting passage is Ephesians 3:10, where the church is said to be the means of revealing to "the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places" "the manifold wisdom of God." One naturally inquires what was the purpose of this revelation. Was it to effect a redemption and reconciliation of these demonic powers to God? To this question Paul supplies no answer.


William Arthur Heidel

746. arche -- beginning, origin
... rulers (6). magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule. From archomai;
(properly abstract) a commencement, or (concretely) chief ...
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9. Abilene -- Abilene, territory northwest of Damascus
... Spelling: (ab-ee-lay-nay') Short Definition: Abilene Definition: the Abilenian
territory, the territory of Abila (in Syria), a small principality in the ...
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Strong's Hebrew
4761. marashah -- principality
... 4760, 4761. marashah. 4762 . principality. Transliteration: marashah Phonetic
Spelling: (mar-aw-shaw') Short Definition: principality. ... principality ...
/hebrew/4761.htm - 5k

Whether all the Angels are of one Hierarchy?
... xii, Did. xi, 10; Polit. iii, 4). Therefore as a hierarchy is nothing but a sacred
principality, it seems that all the angels belong to one hierarchy. ...
/...// theologica/whether all the angels are.htm

Volume ii. , Part C. The First Theban Empire
... The principality of Heracleopolis: Achthoes-Khiti and the Heracleopolitan
dynasties"Supremacy of the great barons: the feudal fortresses, El-Kab and Abydos ...
/.../volume ii part c the.htm

But I Beg You to Listen Patiently as I Follow Him in his Continual ...
... On the passage in which the words occur: "Far above all Principality and Power and
Might and Dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but in ...
/.../35 but i beg you.htm

The Higher Powers are Men; and Christ is their Light Also.
... "Throne" is not a species of living being, nor "dominion," nor "principality," nor
"power"; these are names of the businesses to which those clothed with the ...
/.../origen/origens commentary on the gospel of john/17 the higher powers are.htm

January 16 Morning
... things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord, to the glory of God the Father."Far above all principality, and power ...
/.../anonymous/daily light on the daily path/january 16 morning.htm

Whether There are Several Orders in one Hierarchy?
... On the contrary, The Apostle says (Eph.1:20,21) that "God has set the Man Christ
above all principality and power, and virtue, and dominion": which are the ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether there are several orders.htm

Whether Christ is the Head of the Angels?
... On the contrary, The Apostle says (Col.2:10), "Who is the head of all Principality
and Power," and the same reason holds good with the other orders of angels. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether christ is the head 4.htm

How Herod Sent his Sons to Rome; How Also He was Accused by ...
... 2. Hereupon Zenodorus was grieved, in the first place, because his principality
was taken away from him; and still more so, because he envied Herod, who had ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 10 how herod sent.htm

How Alexander Honored Jonathan after an Extraordinary Manner; and ...
... and desired his daughter in marriage; and said it was but just that he should be
joined an affinity to one that had now received the principality of his ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 4 how alexander honored.htm

The Jews Become Confederates with Caesar when He Fought against ...
... taken off by poison, and his brother was beheaded by Scipio, and desired that he
would take pity of him who had been ejected out of that principality which was ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 8 the jews become.htm

Principality (3 Occurrences)
... 3. (n.) The territory or jurisdiction of a prince; or the country which gives title
to a prince; as, the principality of Wales. Int. ...PRINCIPALITY. ...
/p/principality.htm - 12k

Principalities (7 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (n.) Plural of Principality. Multi-Version
Concordance Principalities (7 Occurrences). Romans 8:38 For ...
/p/principalities.htm - 8k

Principle (32 Occurrences)

/p/principle.htm - 16k

Lordship (12 Occurrences)
... Ephesians 1:21 far above all principality, and authority, and might, and lordship,
and every name named, not only in this age, but also in the coming one; (YLT ...
/l/lordship.htm - 10k

Geshur (11 Occurrences)
... Bridge, the name of a district or principality of Syria near Gilead, between Mount
Hermon and the Lake of Tiberias (2 Samuel 15:8; 1 Chronicles 2:23). ...
/g/geshur.htm - 13k

Fulness (76 Occurrences)
... (KJV WEY ASV DBY YLT RSV). Colossians 2:10 and ye are in him made full, who
is the head of all principality and authority, (See RSV). ...
/f/fulness.htm - 30k

Tetrarch (5 Occurrences)
... Thus Philip of Macedon divided Thessaly into four "tetrarchies." Later on the Romans
adopted the term and applied it to any ruler of a small principality. ...
/t/tetrarch.htm - 9k

Arioch (6 Occurrences)
... Besides Larsa, Eri-Aku's inscriptions inform us that Ur (Muqayyar, Mugheir)
was in the principality of which Larsa was the capital. ...
/a/arioch.htm - 10k

Hadadezer (18 Occurrences)
... The exact position and size of this Syrian principality are uncertain, but it seems
to have extended in David's time southward toward Ammon and eastward to the ...
/h/hadadezer.htm - 15k

Palestine (1 Occurrence)
... Recent exploration has shown the territory on the west of Jordan alone to be six
thousand square miles in extent, the size of the principality of Wales. Int. ...
/p/palestine.htm - 89k

Principality (3 Occurrences)

Ephesians 1:21
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Colossians 2:10
and in him you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power;

Jude 1:6
And angels that kept not their own principality, but left their proper habitation, he hath kept in everlasting bonds under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.



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