Ephesians 6
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Children and Parents

(Deuteronomy 6:20-25)

1Children, be obedient to your parents as a Christian duty, for it is a duty. 2"Honour your father and your mother" —this is the first Commandment which has a promise added to it— 3"so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth."

4And you, fathers, do not irritate your children, but bring them up tenderly with true Christian training and advice.

Slaves and Masters

(1 Timothy 6:1-2)

5Slaves, be obedient to your earthly masters, with respect and eager anxiety to please and with simplicity of motive as if you were obeying Christ. 6Let it not be in acts of eye-service as if you had but to please men, but as Christ's bondservants who are doing God's will from the heart. 7With right good will, be faithful to your duty as service rendered to the Lord and not to man. 8You well know that whatever right thing any one does, he will receive a requital for it from the Lord, whether he is a slave or a free man.

9And you masters, act towards your slaves on the same principles, and refrain from threats. For you know that in Heaven there is One who is your Master as well as theirs, and that merely earthly distinctions there are none with Him.

The Full Armor of God

10In conclusion, strengthen yourselves in the Lord and in the power which His supreme might imparts. 11Put on the complete armour of God, so as to be able to stand firm against all the stratagems of the Devil. 12For ours is not a conflict with mere flesh and blood, but with the despotisms, the empires, the forces that control and govern this dark world—the spiritual hosts of evil arrayed against us in the heavenly warfare. 13Therefore put on the complete armour of God, so that you may be able to stand your ground on the day of battle, and, having fought to the end, to remain victors on the field. 14Stand therefore, first fastening round you the girdle of truth and putting on the breastplate of uprightness 15as well as the shoes of the Good News of peace— a firm foundation for your feet. 16And besides all these take the great shield of faith, on which you will be able to quench all the flaming darts of the Wicked one; 17and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.

Pray Continually

18Pray with unceasing prayer and entreaty on every fitting occasion in the Spirit, and be always on the alert to seize opportunities for doing so, with unwearied persistence and entreaty on behalf of all God's people, 19and ask on my behalf that words may be given to me so that, outspoken and fearless, I may make known the truths (hitherto kept secret) 20to spread which I am an ambassador in chains—so that when telling them I may speak out boldly as I ought.

Final Greetings

21But in order that you also may know how I am doing, Tychicus our dearly-loved brother and faithful helper in the Lord's service will tell you everything. 22I have sent him to you for the very purpose—that you may know about us and that he may encourage you.

23Peace be to the brethren, and love combined with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24May grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with perfect sincerity.

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