Bible: Eph 5:22-6:10
Exhortations to Households 1
5:22 Wives, submit 2 to your husbands as to the Lord, 5:23 because the husband is the head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church – he himself being the savior of the body. 5:24 But as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 5:25 Husbands, love your 3 wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her 5:26 to sanctify her by cleansing her 4 with the washing of the water by the word, 5:27 so that he 5 may present the church to himself as glorious – not having a stain or wrinkle, or any such blemish, but holy and blameless. 6 5:28 In the same way 7 husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 5:29 For no one has ever hated his own body 8 but he feeds it and takes care of it, just as Christ also does the church, 5:30 for we are members of his body. 9 5:31 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become 10 one flesh. 11 5:32 This mystery is great – but I am actually 12 speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 5:33 Nevertheless, 13 each one of you must also love his own wife as he loves himself, 14 and the wife must 15 respect 16 her husband.
6:1 Children, 17 obey your parents in the Lord 18 for this is right. 6:2 “Honor your father and mother,” 19 which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, 6:3 “that it may go 20 well with you and that you will live 21 a long time on the earth.” 22
6:5 Slaves, 25 obey your human masters 26 with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart as to Christ, 6:6 not like those who do their work only when someone is watching 27 – as people-pleasers – but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the heart. 28 6:7 Obey 29 with enthusiasm, as though serving the Lord 30 and not people, 6:8 because you know that each person, whether slave or free, if he does something good, this 31 will be rewarded by the Lord.
Exhortations for Spiritual Warfare
6:10 Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power.