Ephesians 6:2
New International Version
“Honor your father and mother"—which is the first commandment with a promise—

New Living Translation
“Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise:

English Standard Version
“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),

Berean Study Bible
“Honor your father and mother” (which is the first commandment with a promise),

Berean Literal Bible
"Honor your Father and mother," which is the first commandment with a promise,

King James Bible
Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

New King James Version
“Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise:

New American Standard Bible
HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise),

NASB 1995
HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise),

NASB 1977
HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise),

Amplified Bible
HONOR [esteem, value as precious] YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER [and be respectful to them]—this is the first commandment with a promise—

Christian Standard Bible
Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise,

American Standard Version
Honor thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise),

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And this is the first commandment of promise: “Honor your father and your mother,

Contemporary English Version
"Obey your father and your mother,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Honour thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with a promise:

English Revised Version
Honour thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise),

Good News Translation
"Respect your father and mother" is the first commandment that has a promise added:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Honor your father and mother

International Standard Version
"Honor your father and mother…" (This is a very important commandment with a promise.)

Literal Standard Version
honor your father and mother,

NET Bible
"Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely,

New Heart English Bible
"Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with a promise:

Weymouth New Testament
"Honour your father and your mother" --this is the first Commandment which has a promise added to it--

World English Bible
"Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with a promise:

Young's Literal Translation
honour thy father and mother,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Children and Parents
1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2“Honor your father and mother” (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3“that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on the earth.”…

Cross References
Exodus 20:12
Honor your father and mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Deuteronomy 5:16
Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Jeremiah 35:7
Nor are you ever to build a house or sow seed or plant a vineyard. Those things are not for you. Instead, you must live in tents all your lives, so that you may live a long time in the land where you wander.'

Ephesians 6:3
"that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on the earth."

1 Timothy 5:4
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to show godliness to their own family and repay their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God.


Treasury of Scripture

Honor your father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

Exodus 20:12
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Deuteronomy 27:16
Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Proverbs 20:20
Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.









(2) The first commandment with promise.--It is, indeed, in the Decalogue "the only commandment with promise" distinctly attached to it. But it is still the first; the Decalogue being itself the introduction to the Law, in which similar promises are repeated again and again.

(2) (18) Praying always with all prayer and Supplication.--In this verse the metaphor gives place to direct exhortation, unless, indeed, in the word "watch" there still lingers some reference to the soldier on guard. "Prayer" is the general word for "worship," appropriated to God alone; "supplication," used also towards man, is one element of such worship--the asking what we need from God. In Philippians 4:6 we have first the general word "prayer," and then the two chief elements of worship, "supplication with thanksgiving." It is by prayer that all the heavenly armour is put on.

In the Spirit.--That is, "in the Spirit of God" (as in Ephesians 6:18). Compare the relation of prayer to the inspiration of the Holy Ghost in Romans 8:26-27.

And watching thereunto with all perseverance.--These words in themselves obviously supply the other part of our Lord's command, "Watch and pray," naturally apposite to the consideration of the Christian warfare. "Perseverance" implies exertion, holding out against fatigue and difficulty. The corresponding verb is used in relation to all kinds of spiritual labour (see Acts 2:42; Acts 6:4; Acts 8:13); but especially in connection with prayer (Acts 1:14; Romans 12:12; Colossians 4:2). Perhaps from this frequent connection St. Paul is induced to add to it "supplication," and this time "for all saints," so leading on to his usual request for the prayers of his brethren. For this he is willing to sacrifice some part of the perfect appropriateness of idea; since the whole picture hitherto has been of the fight, waged by each for himself (although side by side with others), in the combined power of watchfulness and prayer for God's help. . . .

Verse 2. - Honor thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise). The exhortation, based on natural morality (ver. 1), is here confirmed from the Decalogue. "Honor" is higher than obedience (ver. 1); it is the regard due to those who, by Divine appointment, are above us, and to whom our most respectful consideration is due. Father and mother, though not quite on a footing of equality in their relation to each other (Ephesians 5:22), are equal as objects of honor and obedience to their children. It is assumed here that they are Christians; where one was a Christian and not the ether, the duty would be modified. But in these succinct verses the apostle lays down general rules, and does not complicate his exhortations with exceptions. The latter part of the verse contains a special reason for the precept; it is the first commandment with a promise attached. But obviously the apostle meant more than this; for as in ver. I he had affirmed the duty to be one of natural religion, so here he means to add that it is also part of the revealed will of God - it is one of the commandments; but still further, it is the first commandment with a promise. It may, perhaps, be said that this is appealing, not to the higher, but to the lower part of our nature - to our selfishness, not our goodness; but it is not an appeal to one part of our nature to the exclusion of the rest; it is an appeal to our whole nature, for it is a part of our nature to expect that in the end virtue will be rewarded and vice punished. In the case of children it is difficult to look far forward; the rewards and the punishments, to be influential, must be within the ken of vision, as it were; therefore it is quite suitable that, in writing to them, the apostle should lay emphasis on a promise which had its special fulfillment in the life that now is.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
“Honor
Τίμα (Tima)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 5091: From timios; to prize, i.e. Fix a valuation upon; by implication, to revere.

your
σου (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

father
πατέρα (patera)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3962: Father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior. Apparently a primary word; a 'father'.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

mother”
μητέρα (mētera)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3384: A mother. Apparently a primary word; a 'mother'.

(which
ἥτις (hētis)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3748: Whosoever, whichsoever, whatsoever.

is
ἐστὶν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

the first
πρώτη (prōtē)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4413: First, before, principal, most important. Contracted superlative of pro; foremost.

commandment
ἐντολὴ (entolē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1785: An ordinance, injunction, command, law. From entellomai; injunction, i.e. An authoritative prescription.

with
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

a promise),
ἐπαγγελίᾳ (epangelia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1860: A promise. From epaggello; an announcement.


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