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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Spiritual wickedness

General references

Bible References


Luke 13:24
But He said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate; for I tell you, many will desire to enter in, and shall not be able.
1 Corinthians 9:25
And every one that enters the lists is temperate in all things: they indeed do it that they may receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible one.
2 Timothy 2:5
And if any one contend in the public games, he gains not the crown unless he contend fairly.
Hebrews 12:1
Having therefore so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every incumbrance, and the sin that easily besets us, and run with patience the race that is set before us,

Flesh and blood

Matthew 16:17
And Jesus replied and said unto him, Blessed art thou Simon son of Jonas, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father who is in heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:50
But this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor doth what is corruptible inherit incorruption.
Galatians 1:16
to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach Him among the gentiles; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood,


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:
Ephesians 3:10
that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly regions;
Romans 8:38
For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things future,
Colossians 2:15
And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made them an open spectacle, triumphing over them by it.
1 Peter 3:22
who is gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers being made subject to Him.

Against the

Ephesians 2:2
in which ye formerly walked after the manner of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that still operates in the children of disobedience:
Luke 22:53
When I was day after day with you in the temple, ye did not stretch out your hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
John 12:31
Now is the judgement of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
John 14:30
I shall not have much more conversation with you: for the prince of this world is coming; not that he hath any thing in me,
John 16:11
and of judgement, because the prince of this world is judged.
Acts 26:18
to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan unto God; that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and an inheritance among them that are sanctified by faith in me.
2 Corinthians 4:4
among whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, so that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, doth not shine unto them:
Colossians 1:13
who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son:

Spiritual wickedness

Ephesians 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly things by Christ;

General references

Mark 3:27
No one can enter into the house of a strong man, and plunder his goods; unless he first bind the strong man, and then he may pillage his house.
2 Corinthians 2:11
for we are not ignorant of his devices.