18 (A)Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.

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Bondservants and Masters

(A)Bondservants,[a] obey your earthly masters[b] with fear and trembling, (B)with a sincere heart, (C)as you would Christ,

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Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 6:5 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; also verse 6; likewise for bondservant in verse 8
  2. Ephesians 6:5 Or your masters according to the flesh

22 Bondservants, obey (A)in everything those who are your earthly masters,[a] not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. Colossians 3:22 Or your masters according to the flesh

(A)Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants[a] regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, (B)so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are (C)brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.

False Teachers and True Contentment

(D)Teach and urge these things.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 6:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface

(A)Bondservants[a] are to be submissive to their own masters (B)in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,

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Footnotes

  1. Titus 2:9 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface

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