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Children, obey your parents in the Lord. For this is right.

Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise),

so that it may be well with you and that you may live long on earth.

And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger. But bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

Servants, be obedient to your masters, according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in simplicity of heart, as unto Christ;

not with service to the eye (as men-pleasers) but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart

with good will, serving the Lord and not men.

And know that whatever good thing anyone does, that same shall he receive from the Lord, whether slave or free.

And masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening and knowing that your master also is in Heaven. And there is no partiality with Him.

10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceit of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the kings, against the authorities, and against the rulers of the darkness of this world; against the spiritual forces of iniquity which are in the high place.

13 For this reason take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on the evil day. And having finished all things, stand fast.

14 Stand therefore, having wrapped your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.

15 And shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.

16 Above all, take the shield of Faith, with which you may quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray always, with all manner of prayer and supplication, in the Spirit. And watch for this very thing - with all perseverance and supplication - for all Saints

19 and for me; that a word may be given to me, so that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the secret of the Gospel,

20 for which I am an ambassador in a chain. So that therein I may speak boldly as I ought to speak.

21 And so that you may also know my affairs (and what I do) Tychicus, my dear brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things.

22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you might know my affairs and that he might comfort your hearts.

23 Peace to the brothers and love with faith, from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ incorruptibly. Amen.

(written from Rome to the Ephesians and sent by Tychicus.)

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.(A) “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”[a](B)

Fathers,[b] do not exasperate your children;(C) instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.(D)

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect(E) and fear, and with sincerity of heart,(F) just as you would obey Christ.(G) Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ,(H) doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,(I) because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do,(J) whether they are slave or free.

And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours(K) is in heaven, and there is no favoritism(L) with him.

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord(M) and in his mighty power.(N) 11 Put on the full armor of God,(O) so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,(P) but against the rulers, against the authorities,(Q) against the powers(R) of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.(S) 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God,(T) so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,(U) with the breastplate of righteousness in place,(V) 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.(W) 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,(X) with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.(Y) 17 Take the helmet of salvation(Z) and the sword of the Spirit,(AA) which is the word of God.(AB)

18 And pray in the Spirit(AC) on all occasions(AD) with all kinds of prayers and requests.(AE) With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying(AF) for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me,(AG) that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly(AH) make known the mystery(AI) of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador(AJ) in chains.(AK) Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Final Greetings

21 Tychicus,(AL) the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. 22 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are,(AM) and that he may encourage you.(AN)

23 Peace(AO) to the brothers and sisters,[c] and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.[d]

Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 6:3 Deut. 5:16
  2. Ephesians 6:4 Or Parents
  3. Ephesians 6:23 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family.
  4. Ephesians 6:24 Or Grace and immortality to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ.

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