Family Relationships

(A)Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (B)Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.

(C)Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but (D)bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

(E)Slaves, be obedient to those who are your [a]masters according to the flesh, with (F)fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, (G)as to Christ; (H)not [b]by way of eyeservice, as (I)men-pleasers, but as (J)slaves of Christ, (K)doing the will of God from the [c]heart. With good will [d]render service, (L)as to the Lord, and not to men, (M)knowing that (N)whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, (O)whether slave or free.

And masters, do the same things to them, and (P)give up threatening, knowing that (Q)both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is (R)no partiality with Him.

The Armor of God

10 Finally, (S)be strong in the Lord and in (T)the strength of His might. 11 (U)Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the (V)schemes of the devil. 12 For our (W)struggle is not against [e](X)flesh and blood, but (Y)against the rulers, against the powers, against the (Z)world forces of this (AA)darkness, against the (AB)spiritual forces of wickedness in (AC)the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up (AD)the full armor of God, so that you will be able to (AE)resist in (AF)the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, (AG)having girded your loins with truth, and having (AH)put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having (AI)shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 [f]in addition to all, taking up the (AJ)shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the (AK)flaming arrows of (AL)the evil one. 17 And take (AM)the helmet of salvation, and the (AN)sword of the Spirit, which is (AO)the word of God.

18 [g]With all (AP)prayer and petition [h](AQ)pray at all times (AR)in the Spirit, and with this in view, [i](AS)be on the alert with all (AT)perseverance and (AU)petition for all the saints, 19 and (AV)pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me (AW)in the opening of my mouth, to make known with (AX)boldness (AY)the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an (AZ)ambassador (BA)in [j]chains; that [k]in proclaiming it I may speak (BB)boldly, (BC)as I ought to speak.

21 (BD)But that you also may know about my circumstances, [l]how I am doing, (BE)Tychicus, (BF)the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you. 22 [m](BG)I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know [n]about us, and that he may (BH)comfort your hearts.

23 (BI)Peace be to the brethren, and (BJ)love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ [o]with incorruptible love.


  1. Ephesians 6:5 I.e. earthly masters, with fear
  2. Ephesians 6:6 Lit according to
  3. Ephesians 6:6 Lit soul
  4. Ephesians 6:7 Lit rendering
  5. Ephesians 6:12 Lit blood and flesh
  6. Ephesians 6:16 Lit in all
  7. Ephesians 6:18 Lit Through
  8. Ephesians 6:18 Lit praying
  9. Ephesians 6:18 Lit being
  10. Ephesians 6:20 Lit a chain
  11. Ephesians 6:20 Two early mss read I may speak it boldly
  12. Ephesians 6:21 Lit what
  13. Ephesians 6:22 Lit Whom I have sent to you
  14. Ephesians 6:22 Lit the things about us
  15. Ephesians 6:24 Lit in incorruption