Ephesians 6:1
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New International Version
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

New Living Translation
Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.

English Standard Version
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Berean Study Bible
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Berean Literal Bible
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

New American Standard Bible
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

King James Bible
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Children, obey your parents as you would the Lord, because this is right.

International Standard Version
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.

NET Bible
Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.

New Heart English Bible
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Children, obey your parents in Our Lord, for this is right.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Children, obey your parents because you are Christians. This is the right thing to do.

New American Standard 1977
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

King James 2000 Bible
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

American King James Version
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

American Standard Version
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is just.

Darby Bible Translation
Children, obey your parents in [the] Lord, for this is just.

English Revised Version
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Webster's Bible Translation
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Weymouth New Testament
Children, be obedient to your parents as a Christian duty, for it is a duty.

World English Bible
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Young's Literal Translation
The children! obey your parents in the Lord, for this is righteous;
Study Bible
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),…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 21:18
"If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them,

Ruth 3:5
She said to her, "All that you say I will do."

Proverbs 6:20
My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother;

Proverbs 23:22
Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old.

Jeremiah 35:8
"We have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he commanded us, not to drink wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons or our daughters,

Jeremiah 35:18
Then Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites, "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, 'Because you have obeyed the command of Jonadab your father, kept all his commands and done according to all that he commanded you;

Colossians 3:20
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord.
Treasury of Scripture

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

obey.

Genesis 28:7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;

Genesis 37:13 And Israel said to Joseph, Do not your brothers feed the flock in …

Leviticus 19:3 You shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my …

Deuteronomy 21:18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey …

1 Samuel 17:20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a …

Esther 2:20 Esther had not yet showed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai …

Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, and forsake not the …

Proverbs 6:20 My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not the law of your mother:

Proverbs 23:22 Listen to your father that begat you, and despise not your mother …

Proverbs 30:11,17 There is a generation that curses their father, and does not bless …

Jeremiah 35:14 The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons …

Luke 2:51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject …

Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing …

in.

Ephesians 6:5,6 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to …

Romans 16:2 That you receive her in the Lord, as becomes saints, and that you …

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

Colossians 3:16,17,23,24 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching …

1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: …

for.

Nehemiah 9:13 You came down also on mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, …

Job 33:27 He looks on men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that …

Psalm 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment …

Psalm 119:75,128 I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right, and that you in faithfulness …

Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he …

Romans 7:12 Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the …

1 Timothy 5:4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to …

VI.

(4 b.) In Ephesians 6:1-4. St. Paul passes from the detailed exposition of the true relation of husbands and wives, to deal with the relation of parents and children, far more cursorily and simply, but under the light of the same idea. It is to be thought of as existing "in the Lord," i.e., within the unity binding all to Christ, in virtue of which the parental authority and the right freedom of the child are both hallowed.

(1) In the Lord.--The phrase itself, though familiar in St. Paul's writings generally, is specially frequent in the Epistles of the Captivity, where it occurs in various connections no less than twenty-one times. (See, for example, Ephesians 2:21; Ephesians 3:11; Ephesians 4:1; Ephesians 4:17; Ephesians 5:8; Ephesians 6:10; Ephesians 6:21.) It is, in fact, a brief indication of their great subject--unity with and in Christ. Here to "obey in the Lord" is to obey under the light and grace of that unity, as already belonging both to parents and children, and transfiguring all natural relations to a diviner glory.

This is right.--Right, i.e., by fundamental laws of humanity, recognised in all races and all ages, declared and sanctioned in God's commandments (Ephesians 6:2-3), which are at once both old and new "in the Lord."

(1) In Ephesians 6:10-17. St. Paul sums up his practical exhortation in that magnificent description which has ever since laid hold of Christian imagination, both in metaphor and in allegory. He paints the Christian life as a battle against spiritual powers of evil, waged in the strength of the Lord, and in the panoply of God. We trace the germ of this great passage first in St. Paul's earliest Epistle (1Thessalonians 5:8-9), and then in the later Epistle to the Romans (Romans 13:12). In both these cases the image is of soldiers starting from sleep at day-break to arm for the fray in the morning light. But it is characteristic of the more elaborate and thoughtful style of this Epistle, and of the circumstances under which it was written (in the watchful presence of the full-armed Roman "soldiers that kept" St. Paul), that the image there briefly touched is here worked out in full beauty of detail.

Verse 1. - Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. The first duty of children is obedience, and "in the Lord," i.e. in Christ, this duty is confirmed. The ἐν Κυρίῳ qualifies, not "parents," but "obey," and indicates that the element or life which even children lead in fellowship with Christ makes such obedience more easy and more graceful. The duty itself rests on the first principles of morality - "for this is right." It is an obligation that rests on the very nature of things, and cannot change with the spirit of the age; it is in no degree modified by what is called the spirit of independence in children. Children, obey your parents in the Lord,.... The persons whose duty this is, "children", are such of every sex, male and female, and of every age, and of every state and condition; and though the true, legitimate, and immediate offspring of men may be chiefly respected, yet not exclusive of spurious children, and adopted ones, and of children-in-law; and the persons to whom obedience from them is due, are not only real and immediate parents, both father and mother, but such who are in the room of parents, as step-fathers, step-mothers, guardians, nurses, &c. and all who are in the ascending line, as grandfathers, grandmothers, &c. to these, children should be subject and obedient in all things lawful, just, and good; in everything that is not sinful and unlawful, by the word of God; and in things indifferent, as much as in them lies, and even in things which are difficult to perform: and this obedience should be hearty and sincere, and not merely verbal, and in show and appearance, nor mercenary; and should be joined with gratitude and thankfulness for past favours: and it should be "in the Lord"; which may be considered either as a limitation of the obedience, that it should be in things that are agreeable to the mind and will of the Lord; or as an argument to it, because it is the command of the Lord, and is wellpleasing in his sight, and makes for his glory, and therefore should be done for his sake:

for this is right; it appears to be right by the light of nature, by which the very Heathens have taught it; and it is equitable from reason that so it should be; and it is just by the law of God, which commands nothing but what is holy, just, and good. CHAPTER 6

Eph 6:1-24. Mutual Duties of Parents and Children: Masters and Servants: Our Life a Warfare: The Spiritual Armour Needed against Spiritual Foes. Conclusion.

1. obey—stronger than the expression as to wives, "submitting," or "being subject" (Eph 5:21). Obedience is more unreasoning and implicit; submission is the willing subjection of an inferior in point of order to one who has a right to command.

in the Lord—Both parents and children being Christians "in the Lord," expresses the element in which the obedience is to take place, and the motive to obedience. In Col 3:20, it is, "Children, obey your parents in all things." This clause, "in the Lord," would suggest the due limitation of the obedience required (Ac 5:29; compare on the other hand, the abuse, Mr 7:11-13).

right—Even by natural law we should render obedience to them from whom we have derived life.6:1-4 The great duty of children is, to obey their parents. That obedience includes inward reverence, as well as outward acts, and in every age prosperity has attended those distinguished for obedience to parents. The duty of parents. Be not impatient; use no unreasonable severities. Deal prudently and wisely with children; convince their judgements and work upon their reason. Bring them up well; under proper and compassionate correction; and in the knowledge of the duty God requires. Often is this duty neglected, even among professors of the gospel. Many set their children against religion; but this does not excuse the children's disobedience, though it may be awfully occasion it. God alone can change the heart, yet he gives his blessing to the good lessons and examples of parents, and answers their prayers. But those, whose chief anxiety is that their children should be rich and accomplished, whatever becomes of their souls, must not look for the blessing of God.
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