2 Corinthians 10:4
New International Version
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

New Living Translation
We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.

English Standard Version
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

Berean Study Bible
The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

Berean Literal Bible
For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but divinely powerful toward the demolition of strongholds,

New American Standard Bible
for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

New King James Version
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

King James Bible
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Christian Standard Bible
since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments

Contemporary English Version
or fight our battles with the weapons of this world. Instead, we use God's power that can destroy fortresses. We destroy arguments

Good News Translation
The weapons we use in our fight are not the world's weapons but God's powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds. We destroy false arguments;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments

International Standard Version
For the weapons of our warfare are not those of the world. Instead, they have the power of God to demolish fortresses. We tear down arguments

NET Bible
for the weapons of our warfare are not human weapons, but are made powerful by God for tearing down strongholds. We tear down arguments

New Heart English Bible
for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty in God for the tearing down of strongholds,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The weapons of our warfare are not according to the flesh, but of the power of God, and by it we subdue rebellious fortresses,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The weapons we use in our fight are not made by humans. Rather, they are powerful weapons from God. With them we destroy people's defenses, that is, their arguments

New American Standard 1977
for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

Jubilee Bible 2000
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the destruction of strong holds),

King James 2000 Bible
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)

American King James Version
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

American Standard Version
(for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds),

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty to God unto the pulling down of fortifications, destroying counsels,

Darby Bible Translation
For the arms of our warfare [are] not fleshly, but powerful according to God to [the] overthrow of strongholds;

English Revised Version
(for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strong holds);

Webster's Bible Translation
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Weymouth New Testament
The weapons with which we fight are not human weapons, but are mighty for God in overthrowing strong fortresses.

World English Bible
for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds,

Young's Literal Translation
for the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but powerful to God for bringing down of strongholds,
Study Bible
Paul's Apostolic Authority
3For though we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh. 4The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 1:10
See, I have appointed you today over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and plant."

Jeremiah 23:29
Is not My word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that smashes a rock?"

Romans 13:12
The night is nearly over; the day has drawn near. So let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

1 Corinthians 9:7
Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Who tends a flock and does not drink of its milk?

2 Corinthians 6:7
in truthful speech and in the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;

2 Corinthians 10:8
For even if I boast somewhat excessively about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, I will not be ashamed.

2 Corinthians 13:3
since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.

2 Corinthians 13:10
This is why I write these things while absent, so that when I am present I will not need to be severe in my use of the authority that the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.

1 Timothy 1:18
Timothy, my child, I entrust you with this command in keeping with the previous prophecies about you, so that by them you may fight the good fight,

Treasury of Scripture

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

the weapons.

2 Corinthians 6:7
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

Romans 6:13
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Romans 13:12
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

our.

1 Timothy 1:18
This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;

2 Timothy 2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

mighty.

2 Corinthians 3:5
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

2 Corinthians 13:3,4
Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you…

through God.

Joshua 6:20
So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

Isaiah 30:25
And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.

Jeremiah 1:10
See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.







Lexicon
The
τὰ (ta)
Article - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

weapons
ὅπλα (hopla)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3696: An instrument; plur: arms, weapons. Probably from a primary hepo; an implement or utensil or tool.

of
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive 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.

our
ἡμῶν (hēmōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

warfare
στρατείας (strateias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4752: Warfare, military service; of Christian warfare. From strateuomai; military service, i.e. the apostolic career.

[are] not
οὐ (ou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

[ the weapons ] of the world.
σαρκικὰ (sarkika)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 4559: Fleshly, carnal, earthly. From sarx; pertaining to flesh, i.e. bodily, temporal, or animal, unregenerate.

Instead,
ἀλλὰ (alla)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

[they have]
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine 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.

divine
Θεῷ (Theō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

power
δυνατὰ (dynata)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 1415: (a) of persons: powerful, able, (b) of things: possible. From dunamai; powerful or capable; neuter possible.

to
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

demolish
καθαίρεσιν (kathairesin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2506: Taking down, razing, destroying. From kathaireo; demolition; figuratively, extinction.

strongholds.
ὀχυρωμάτων (ochyrōmatōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3794: A fortress, strong defense, stronghold. From a remote derivative of echo; a castle.
(4) For the weapons of our warfare . . .--We learn from the earlier words of 1Thessalonians 5:8, yet more from the later ones of Ephesians 6:11-16, what these were--the energies of spiritual powers given by the Eternal Spirit.

To the pulling down of strong holds.--The phrase is essentially military, used in the LXX. for the capture and destruction of fortresses (Lamentations 2:2; Proverbs 21:22); "casting down the strength" (1 Maccabees 5:65); "pulled down the fortress" (8:10). He speaks as if leading an attack on the strong defences of the powers of evil, possibly thinking of the great system of idolatry and impurity enthroned at Corinth and throughout the Empire, possibly of those of pride and obstinate rebellion in the hearts of his individual opponents. The context favours the latter interpretation. It has been suggested (Stanley, in loc.) that the Apostle's language may have been coloured by national memories of the wars against the Cilicians carried on by Pompeius, which ended in the reduction of one hundred and twenty fortresses and the capture of more than 10,000 prisoners.

Verse 4. - Weapons (see 2 Corinthians 6:7; Romans 6:13). Not carnal. He did not rely on the mere "arm of flesh," or on earthly sword or panoply. Mighty through God; literally, powerful for God; i.e. either

(1) powerful for the cause of God, or

(2) powerful in his estimate. To the pulling down of strongholds. The word for "pulling down," which implies the entire clearance of an obstacle, is only found in the New Testament in this Epistle (vers. 4, 8; 2 Corinthians 13:10). The word for "strongholds" is found here alone. These "fortresses" were the opposition aroused by factious and hostile partisans, and he hoped to subdue them by the strong exercise of apostolic authority (l Corinthians 4:21; 5:1-5). Dean Stanley suggests a reminiscence of the hundred and twenty Cilician fortresses pulled down by Pompey; but I think that these general allusions are often pressed too far. 10:1-6 While others thought meanly, and spake scornfully of the apostle, he had low thoughts, and spake humbly of himself. We should be aware of our own infirmities, and think humbly of ourselves, even when men reproach us. The work of the ministry is a spiritual warfare with spiritual enemies, and for spiritual purposes. Outward force is not the method of the gospel, but strong persuasions, by the power of truth and the meekness of wisdom. Conscience is accountable to God only; and people must be persuaded to God and their duty, not driven by force. Thus the weapons of our warfare are very powerful; the evidence of truth is convincing. What opposition is made against the gospel, by the powers of sin and Satan in the hearts of men! But observe the conquest the word of God gains. The appointed means, however feeble they appear to some, will be mighty through God. And the preaching of the cross, by men of faith and prayer, has always been fatal to idolatry, impiety, and wickedness.
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