Rev., better, of the flesh, thus preserving the play on the words. The idea of weakness attaches to that of fleshliness. See on σάρξ flesh, sec. 4, Rom 7:5.
Through God (τῷ Θεῷ)
Lit., mighty unto God, in God's sight. See on exceeding fair, Act 7:20. Rev., before God.
Pulling down (καθαίρεσιν)
Only in this epistle. Compare Luk 1:52. Also used of taking down pride, or refuting arguments.
Of strongholds (ὀχυρωμάτων)
Only here in the New Testament. From ἔχω to hold, so that holds is an accurate rendering. Compare keep, a dungeon. The word is not common in classical Greek, but occurs frequently in the Apocrypha. In its use here there may lie a reminiscence of the rock-forts on the coast of Paul's native Cilicia, which were pulled down by the Romans in their attacks on the Cilician pirates. Pompey inflicted a crushing defeat upon their navy off the rocky stronghold of Coracesium on the confines of Cilicia and Pisidia.