Ephesians 6:7
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New International Version
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,

New Living Translation
Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

English Standard Version
rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,

New American Standard Bible
With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men,

King James Bible
With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men,

International Standard Version
Serve willingly, as if you were serving the Lord and not merely people,

NET Bible
Obey with enthusiasm, as though serving the Lord and not people,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And serve them with all your soul in love, as unto our Lord and not as unto men,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Serve eagerly as if you were serving your heavenly master and not merely serving human masters.

Jubilee Bible 2000
with good will doing service as to the Lord and not to men,

King James 2000 Bible
With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

American King James Version
With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

American Standard Version
with good will doing service, as unto the Lord, and not unto men:

Douay-Rheims Bible
With a good will serving, as to the Lord, and not to men.

Darby Bible Translation
serving with good will as to the Lord, and not to men;

English Revised Version
with good will doing service, as unto the Lord, and not unto men:

Webster's Bible Translation
With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

Weymouth New Testament
With right good will, be faithful to your duty as service rendered to the Lord and not to man.

World English Bible
with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men;

Young's Literal Translation
with good-will serving, as to the Lord, and not to men,
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 7. - With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men. Some join the last words of the preceding verse to this clause, "from the heart with good will," etc., on the ground that it is not needed for ver. 6, for if you do the will of God at all, you must do it from the heart. But one may do the will of God in a sense outwardly and formally, therefore the clause is not superfluous in ver. 6, whereas, if one does service with good will, one surely does it from the heart, so that the clause would be more superfluous here. Jesus is the Overlord of every earthly lord, and his follower has but to substitute him by faith for his earthly master to enable him to do service with good will.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

With good will doing service,.... To their masters; not grudgingly, with an ill will; no otherwise, nor longer than when they are forced to it; but of a ready mind, and with a cheerful spirit, taking delight in their work, and reckoning it a pleasure to serve their masters; as an Israelite that is not sold, who does his work "with his good will", and according to his own mind (b); doing what they do

as to the Lord, and not to men; not merely because it is the will of men, and they are commanded by them, and in order to please them, but because it is the will of the Lord, and is wellpleasing in his sight.

(b) Maimon. Hilchot Abadim, c. 1. sect. 7.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. good will—expressing his feeling towards his master; as "doing the will of God from the heart" expresses the source of that feeling (Col 3:23). "Good will" is stated by Xenophon [Economics] to be the principal virtue of a slave towards his master: a real regard to his master's interest as if his own, a good will which not even a master's severity can extinguish.

Ephesians 6:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Slaves and Masters
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, 8knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free.…
Cross References
Romans 6:17
But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.

Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
Treasury of Scripture

With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

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Genesis 31:6,38-40 And you know that with all my power I have served your father…

2 Kings 5:2,3,13 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive …

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

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to …

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