Family Relationships1 a Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 b Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth. 4 c Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but d bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 5 e Slaves, be obedient to those who are your ▼
▼ I.e. earthly masters, with fearmasters according to the flesh, with g fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart h as to Christ; 6 i not ▼
▼ Lit according toby way of eyeservice, as k men-pleasers, but as l slaves of Christ m doing the will of God from the ▼
▼ Lit soulheart. 7 With good will ▼
▼ Lit renderingrender service p as to the Lord, and not to men, 8 q knowing that r whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord s whether slave or free. 9 And masters, do the same things to them, and t give up threatening, knowing that u both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is v no partiality with Him.
The Armor of God10 Finally w be strong in the Lord and in x the strength of His might. 11 y Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the z schemes of the devil. 12 For our aa struggle is not against ▼
▼ Lit blood and flesh, ac flesh and blood, but ad against the rulers, against the powers, against the ae world forces of this af darkness, against the ag spiritual forces of wickedness in ah the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up ai the full armor of God, so that you will be able to aj resist in ak the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore al having girded your loins with truth, and having am put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having an shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 ▼
▼ Lit in allin addition to all, taking up the ap shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the aq flaming arrows of ar the evil one. 17 And take as the helmet of salvation, and the at sword of the Spirit, which is au the word of God. 18 ▼
▼ Lit ThroughWith all aw prayer and petition ▼
▼ Lit praying, ay pray at all times az in the Spirit, and with this in view ▼
▼ Lit being, bb be on the alert with all bc perseverance and bd petition for all the saints, 19 and be pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me bf in the opening of my mouth, to make known with bg boldness bh the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an bi ambassador bj in ▼
▼ Lit a chainchains; that ▼
▼ Two early mss read I may speak it boldlyin proclaiming it I may speak bm boldly bn as I ought to speak. 21 bo But that you also may know about my circumstances ▼
▼ Lit whathow I am doing bq Tychicus br the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you. 22 ▼
▼ Lit Whom I have sent to you, bt I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know ▼
▼ Lit the things about usabout us, and that he may bv comfort your hearts. 23 bw Peace be to the brethren, and bx love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ ▼
▼ Lit in incorruptionwith incorruptible love.
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