Ephesians 6:6
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New International Version
Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.

New Living Translation
Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart.

English Standard Version
not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,

New American Standard Bible
not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.

King James Bible
Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't work only while being watched, in order to please men, but as slaves of Christ, do God's will from your heart.

International Standard Version
Do not do this only while you're being watched in order to please them, but be like slaves of the Messiah, who are determined to obey God's will.

NET Bible
not like those who do their work only when someone is watching--as people-pleasers--but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the heart.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Not publicly, as if you please the children of men, but as Servants of The Messiah, doing the pleasure of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't obey them only while you're being watched, as if you merely wanted to please people. But obey like slaves who belong to Christ, who have a deep desire to do what God wants them to do.

Jubilee Bible 2000
not to be seen as only pleasing men, but as the slaves of the Christ, doing the will of God from within,

King James 2000 Bible
Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

American King James Version
Not with eye-service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

American Standard Version
not in the way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers; but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Not serving to the eye, as it were pleasing men, but, as the servants of Christ doing the will of God from the heart,

Darby Bible Translation
not with eye-service as men-pleasers; but as bondmen of Christ, doing the will of God from [the] soul,

English Revised Version
not in the way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers; but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

Webster's Bible Translation
Not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

Weymouth New Testament
Let 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.

World English Bible
not in the way of service only when eyes are on you, as men pleasers; but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

Young's Literal Translation
not with eye-service as men-pleasers, but as servants of the Christ, doing the will of God out of soul,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:5-9 The duty of servants is summed up in one word, obedience. The servants of old were generally slaves. The apostles were to teach servants and masters their duties, in doing which evils would be lessened, till slavery should be rooted out by the influence of Christianity. Servants are to reverence those over them. They are to be sincere; not pretending obedience when they mean to disobey, but serving faithfully. And they must serve their masters not only when their master's eye is upon them; but must be strict in the discharge of their duty, when he is absent and out of the way. Steady regard to the Lord Jesus Christ will make men faithful and sincere in every station, not grudgingly or by constraint, but from a principle of love to the masters and their concerns. This makes service easy to them, pleasing to their masters, and acceptable to the Lord Christ. God will reward even the meanest drudgery done from a sense of duty, and with a view to glorify him. Here is the duty of masters. Act after the same manner. Be just to servants, as you expect they should be to you; show the like good-will and concern for them, and be careful herein to approve yourselves to God. Be not tyrannical and overbearing. You have a Master to obey, and you and they are but fellow-servants in respect to Christ Jesus. If masters and servants would consider their duties to God, and the account they must shortly give to him, they would be more mindful of their duty to each other, and thus families would be more orderly and happy.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Not in the spirit of eye-service, as men-pleasers; but as the bond-servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Exegetical of the last exhortation, with a negative and a positive clause, according to the apostle's frequent practice (comp. Ephesians 2:8, 19; Ephesians 3:5; Ephesians 4:14, 15, 25, 28, 29; Ephesians 5:18, 27, 29; Ephesians 6:4). Eye-service and men-pleasing have reference only to what will pass muster in the world; Christians must go deeper, as bound to Christ's service by the great claim of redemption (1 Corinthians 6:20), and remembering that "man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7). The will of God is our great standard, and our daily prayer is, "Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven." In heaven it is done "from the heart."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers,.... Doing nothing but when under the master's eye, and then pretending a great deal of diligence and industry, in order to ingratiate themselves into his affections, and neglecting his business when he is absent; whereas they ought to attend his service in his absence, as well as in his presence, and so seek to please him, which is commendable.

But as the servants of Christ; acting in like manner as the servants of Christ, who are not menpleasers; or as if they themselves were serving Christ, as indeed they are, when they are doing that which is the will of Christ:

doing the will of God from the heart; meaning not the will of God in a religious, but in a civil sense, yielding a cheerful and hearty obedience to their own masters.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. (Col 3:22). Seeking to please their masters only so long as these have their eyes on them: as Gehazi was a very different man in his master's presence from what he was in his absence (2Ki 5:1-18).

men-pleasers—not Christ-pleasers (compare Ga 1:10; 1Th 2:4).

doing the will of God—the unseen but ever present Master: the best guarantee for your serving faithfully your earthly master alike when present and when absent.

from the heart—literally, soul (Ps 111:1; Ro 13:5).

Ephesians 6:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Slaves and Masters
5Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; 6not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. 7With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men,…
Cross References
Mark 3:35
Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother."

1 Corinthians 7:22
For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord's freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ's slave.

Galatians 1:10
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Colossians 3:22
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.
Treasury of Scripture

Not with eye-service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

eye-service.

Philippians 2:12 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence …

Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; …

1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, …

doing.

Ephesians 5:17 Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom …

Matthew 12:50 For whoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the …

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease …

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always …

1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should …

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will …

Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you …

1 Peter 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing you may put to silence …

1 Peter 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to …

1 John 2:17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does …

from.

Jeremiah 3:10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned …

Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and …

Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin…

Colossians 3:23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men;

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