Wives and Husbands

22 (A)Wives, (B)submit to your own husbands, (C)as to the Lord.

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Children and Parents

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

Bondservants and Masters

(D)Bondservants,[a] obey your earthly masters[b] with fear and trembling, (E)with a sincere heart, (F)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

Rules for Christian Households

18 (A)Wives, submit to your husbands, as (B)is fitting in the Lord.

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20 Children, obey your parents (A)in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Bondservants, obey (B)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. 23 (C)Whatever you do, work heartily, (D)as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord (E)you will receive the inheritance as your reward. (F)You are serving the Lord Christ.

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Footnotes

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

The Enticement of Sinners

(A)Hear, my son, your father's instruction,
    and forsake not your mother's teaching,

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A Father's Wise Instruction

(A)Hear, O sons, a father's instruction,
    and be attentive, that you may (B)gain[a] insight,

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 4:1 Hebrew know

20 (A)A wise son makes a glad father,
    but a foolish man despises his mother.

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20 (A)If one curses his father or his mother,
    (B)his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.

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17 (A)“Whoever curses[a] his father or his mother shall be put to death.

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 21:17 Or dishonors; Septuagint reviles

Submission to the Authorities

13 Let every person (A)be subject to the governing authorities. For (B)there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you (C)will receive his approval, for (D)he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, (E)an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also (F)for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. (G)Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

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