Bible: Ephesians 6

6:1 Children, 1  obey your parents in the Lord 2  for this is right. 6:2 Honor your father and mother, 3  which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, 6:3 that it may go 4  well with you and that you will live 5  a long time on the earth.” 6 

6:4 Fathers, 7  do not provoke your children to anger, 8  but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

6:5 Slaves, 9  obey your human masters 10  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 11 as people-pleasers – but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the heart. 12  6:7 Obey 13  with enthusiasm, as though serving the Lord 14  and not people, 6:8 because you know that each person, whether slave or free, if he does something good, this 15  will be rewarded by the Lord.

6:9 Masters, 16  treat your slaves 17  the same way, 18  giving up the use of threats, 19  because you know that both you and they have the same master in heaven, 20  and there is no favoritism with him.

Exhortations for Spiritual Warfare

6:10 Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 6:11 Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes 21  of the devil. 6:12 For our struggle 22  is not against flesh and blood, 23  but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, 24  against the spiritual forces 25  of evil in the heavens. 26  6:13 For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground 27  on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. 6:14 Stand firm therefore, by fastening 28  the belt of truth around your waist, 29  by putting on the breastplate of righteousness, 6:15 by fitting your 30  feet with the preparation that comes from the good news 31  of peace, 32  6:16 and in all of this, 33  by taking up the shield 34  of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation 35  and the sword 36  of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 6:18 With every prayer and petition, pray 37  at all times in the Spirit, and to this end 38  be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints. 6:19 Pray 39  for me also, that I may be given the message when I begin to speak 40 that I may confidently make known 41  the mystery of the gospel, 6:20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may be able to speak boldly as I ought to speak.

Farewell Comments

6:21 Tychicus, my 42  dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will make everything known to you, so that you too may know about my circumstances, 43  how I am doing. 6:22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know our circumstances 44  and that he may encourage your hearts.

6:23 Peace to the brothers and sisters, 45  and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 6:24 Grace be 46  with all of those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love. 47 

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