Lectionary Year B
August 27, 2000
Ephesians 6:10-20

Step I: Initial Acquaintance


10 In the future/finally, become strong (pres. pass. impv., 2nd pl.) in [the] lord and in the strength/power of his strength. 11 Put on (aor. mid. impv., 2nd pl.) the full armor of [the] God so that you (pl.) might be able to stand against/in the presence of the tricks of the devil. 12 Because not is for us the struggle against blood and flesh, but against the ruling powers, against the authorities, against the cosmos-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of [the] evil in the heavenly worlds/places. 13 For this reason, pick up the full armor of [the] God, in order that you might be able to stand up [perhaps: upright?] on the evil day and, having accomplished everything, to stand. 14 Therefore stand, dress (ptc. w/ finite verb - anacoluthon, usually in a series in impv. sense) around your waist with truth and put on the breastplate of [the] righteousness, 15 and put on the shoes in readiness/preparation of the gospel of [the] peace, 16 in everything take up the shield of [the] faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the arrows of the Evil One, the ones that have been inflamed/are on fire (perf. pass. ptc.); 17 Both the helmet [Gr - perikefalaia = 3D that which is around one's head) of [the] salvation take/receive as well as the sword of the spirit, which is [the] speech of God. (why raema and not logos?) 18 With every prayer and petition continue to pray in every right moment in spirit, and in this thing keep being alert in perseverance and petition concerning all the saints 19 as well as on behalf of me, in order that to me might be given a word in [the] opening of my mouth, with boldness to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 on whose behalf I am an ambassador/representative in imprisonment, in order that in it I might speak boldly just as it is necessary for me to speak.

[on participles and finite verbs, cf. Blass/Debrunner/Funk. A Greek Grammar of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. The Univ. of Chicago Press, 1961. p. 245, =A7468 (2)]

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