Ephesians 6:2
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"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,

New American Standard 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;)

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

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

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:

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
Honour thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise),

King James 2000 Bible
Honor your father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

American King James Version
Honor your father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
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),

Webster's Bible Translation
Honor thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with 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,
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), 3“that it may go well with you and that you may be long-lived on the earth.”…
Cross References
Exodus 20:12
"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

Deuteronomy 5:16
'Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the LORD your God gives you.

Jeremiah 35:7
'You shall not build a house, and you shall not sow seed and you shall not plant a vineyard or own one; but in tents you shall dwell all your days, that you may live many days in the land where you sojourn.'

Ephesians 6:3
"that it may go well with you and that you may be long-lived 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.
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Honor your father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long on …

Deuteronomy 27:16 Cursed be he that sets light by his father or his mother. And all …

Proverbs 20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out …

Jeremiah 35:18 And Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites, Thus said the LORD …

Ezekiel 22:7 In you have they set light by father and mother: in the middle of …

Malachi 1:6 A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a …

Matthew 15:4-6 For God commanded, saying, Honor your father and mother: and, He …

Mark 7:9-13 And he said to them, Full well you reject the commandment of God, …

Romans 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; …

(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. Honour thy father and mother,.... This explains who parents are, and points at some branches of obedience due unto them; for they are not only to be loved, and to be feared, and reverenced, their corrections to be submitted to, offences against them to be acknowledged, their tempers to be bore with, and their infirmities covered; but they are to be honoured in thought, word, and gesture; they are to be highly thought of and esteemed; they are to be spoken to, and of, very honourably, and with great veneration and to be behaved to in a very respectful manner; and they are to be relieved, assisted, and maintained in comfortable way when aged, and in necessitous circumstances; and which may be chiefly designed. So the Jews explain "the honour" due to parents, by, &c. "giving them food, drink", and "clothing", unloosing their shoes, and leading them out and in (x). Compare with this 1 Timothy 5:4; See Gill on Matthew 15:4;

which is the first commandment with promise: it is the fifth commandment in the decalogue, but the first that has a promise annexed to it: it is reckoned by the Jews (y) the weightiest of the weightiest commands of the law; and the reward bestowed on it, is length of days, as follows.

(x) T. Hieros. Kiddushin, fol. 61. 2. T. Bab. Kiddushin, fol. 31. 1, 2. Maimon. & Bartenora in Misn. Kiddushin, c. 1. sect. 7. (y) Debarim Rabba, sect. 6. fol. 241. 3.2. Here the authority of revealed law is added to that of natural law.

which is … promise—The "promise" is not made the main motive to obedience, but an incidental one. The main motive is, because it is God's will (De 5:16, "Honor thy father and mother, as the Lord thy God hath COMMANDED thee"); and that it is so peculiarly, is shown by His accompanying it "with a promise."

first—in the decalogue with a special promise. The promise in the second commandment is a general one. Their duty is more expressly prescribed to children than to parents; for love descends rather than ascends [Bengel]. This verse proves the law in the Old Testament is not abolished.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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