5:8 But since we are of the day, we must stay sober by putting on the breastplate 1 of faith and love and as a helmet our hope for salvation. 2
6:17 And take the helmet of salvation 3 and the sword 4 of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
4 sn The Greek term translated sword (μάχαιρα, macaira) refers to the Roman gladius, a short sword about 2 ft (60 cm) long, used for close hand-to-hand combat. This is the only clearly offensive weapon in the list of armor mentioned by the author (he does not, for example, mention the lance [Latin pilum]).