Stand firm (Eph. 6:13)


Take the whole armor

Of God,

That you may be able

To withstand

On that evil day,

Having done everything

To stand firm.”

διὰ τοῦτο ἀναλάβετε τὴν πανοπλίαν τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἵνα δυνηθῆτε ἀντιστῆναι ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ πονηρᾷ καὶ ἅπαντα κατεργασάμενοι στῆναι.

Paul said, “Therefore, take (διὰ τοῦτο ἀναλάβετε) the whole armor (τὴν πανοπλίαν) of God (τοῦ Θεοῦ), that you may be able to withstand (ἵνα δυνηθῆτε ἀντιστῆναι) on that evil day (ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ πονηρᾷ), having done everything to stand firm (καὶ ἅπαντα κατεργασάμενοι στῆναι).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word κατεργασάμενοι, that means to work out, effect by labor, achieve, or bring about.  Paul insisted that they would need all of God’s armor to protect them.  Thus, on the evil day they would be able to withstand the evil demonic efforts.  They would stand firm with Jesus Christ.  Are you willing to stand firm with Jesus Christ?

Stand firm (1 Cor. 16:13)

“Keep alert!

Stand firm

In your faith!

Be manly courageous!

Be strong!”

Γρηγορεῖτε, στήκετε ἐν τῇ πίστει, ἀνδρίζεσθε, κραταιοῦσθε

Paul said to the Corinthians to keep alert (Γρηγορεῖτε) and stand firm (στήκετε) in their faith (ἐν τῇ πίστει).  They should be manly courageous (ἀνδρίζεσθε) and strong (κραταιοῦσθε).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word ἀνδρίζεσθε, that means to behave like a man, act like a man, or be brave.  Paul wanted the Corinthian Christian believers to be alert and stand firm in their Christian faith.  They should be men or manly, courageous, and strong.  They were not to be weak Christians.  Are you strong in your faith?

What is better? (Sir 40:21-40:25)

“The flute makes

A sweet melody.

The harp makes

A sweet melody,

But a pleasant voice is

Better than either.

The eye desires grace.

The eye desires beauty.

But the eye desires

Green shoots of grain

More than either.

A friend is always welcome

A companion is always welcome.

But a sensible wife is

Better than either.

Kindred are for a time of trouble.

Helpers are for a time of trouble.

But almsgiving rescues

Better than either.

Gold makes one stand firm.

Silver makes one stand firm.

But good counsel is

Esteemed more than either.”

Sirach continues with his questions about what is better. However, here the answer is not wisdom. While wine and music gladden the heart, the love of friends is actually better for a happy heart. While the flute and the harp make sweet melodies, a pleasant singing voice is sweeter than both. While the eye desires grace and beauty, the eye, especially of a farmer, prefers to see the green sprouts of grain in the fields. Everyone welcomes a friend or companion in their house, but a sensible wife in the house is much better. In troubled times, family members and helpers can be supportive, but actually almsgiving helps you better than both family and friends. While gold and silver can help you stand firm, good counsel is better than both gold and silver.