Ephesians 6

Children and Parents

1 a  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 b  Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 4Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger c  but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Bondservants and Masters

5 d  Bondservants
Or slaves; also verse 6 (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
obey your earthly masters
Or  your masters according to the flesh
with fear and trembling g  with a sincere heart h  as you would Christ,
6not by the way of eye-service, as i  people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 j  knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord k  whether he is a bondservant
Or slave (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
or is free.
9Masters, do the same to them m  and stop your threatening, knowing that n  he who is both their Master
Greek Lord
and yours is in heaven, and that p  there is no partiality with him.

The Whole Armor of God

10Finally q  be strong in the Lord and in r  the strength of his might. 11 s  Put on t  the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against u  the schemes of the devil. 12For v  we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against w  the rulers, against the authorities, against x  the cosmic powers over y  this present darkness, against z  the spiritual forces of evil aa  in the heavenly places. 13Therefore ab  take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in ac  the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14Stand therefore ad  having fastened on the belt of truth, and ae  having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and af  as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16In all circumstances take up ag  the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all ah  the flaming darts of ai  the evil one; 17and take aj  the helmet of salvation, and ak  the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18praying al  at all times am  in the Spirit an  with all prayer and supplication. To that end ao  keep alert with all perseverance, making ap  supplication for all the saints, 19and aq  also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth ar  boldly to proclaim as  the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I at  am an ambassador au  in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Final Greetings

21 av  So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing aw  Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. 22I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may ax  encourage your hearts.

23 ay  Peace be to the brothers
Or  brothers and sisters
and ba  love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24Grace be with all who bb  love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.

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