Ephesians 6:8
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New International Version
because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

New Living Translation
Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.

English Standard Version
knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free.

New American Standard Bible
knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free.

King James Bible
Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord.

International Standard Version
because you know that everyone will receive a reward from the Lord for whatever good he has done, whether he is a slave or free.

NET Bible
because you know that each person, whether slave or free, if he does something good, this will be rewarded by the Lord.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As you know that anything a man does which is excellent will be repaid by Our Lord, whether he is a Servant or a Freeman.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You know that your heavenly master will reward all of us for whatever good we do, whether we're slaves or free people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
knowing that whatever good thing anyone does, the same shall they receive of the Lord, whether they are slaves or free.

King James 2000 Bible
Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man does, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

American King James Version
Knowing that whatever good thing any man does, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

American Standard Version
knowing that whatsoever good thing each one doeth, the same shall he receive again from the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man shall do, the same shall he receive from the Lord, whether he be bond, or free.

Darby Bible Translation
knowing that whatever good each shall do, this he shall receive of [the] Lord, whether bond or free.

English Revised Version
knowing that whatsoever good thing each one doeth, the same shall he receive again from the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Webster's Bible Translation
Knowing that whatever good thing any man doeth, the same will he receive from the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Weymouth New Testament
You 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.

World English Bible
knowing that whatever good thing each one does, he will receive the same again from the Lord, whether he is bound or free.

Young's Literal Translation
having known that whatever good thing each one may do, this he shall receive from the Lord, whether servant or freeman.
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 8. - Knowing that whatsover good thing each man shall have done, the same shall he receive from the Lord, whether he be bond or free. The hope of reward is brought in to supplement the more disinterested motive, such addition being specially useful in the case of slaves (as of children, vers. 2, 3). For the slave the hope of reward is future - it is at the Lord's coming that he will have his reward.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doth,.... According to the will of God, from right principles in his heart, and with a view to God's glory:

the same shall he receive of the Lord; that is, he shall receive the fruit and advantage of it, in a way of grace,

whether he be bond or free; a bondman or a free man, a master or a servant.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. any man doeth—Greek, "any man shall have done," that is, shall be found at the Lord's coming to have done.

the same—in full payment, in heaven's currency.

shall … receive—(2Co 5:10; Col 3:25; but all of grace, Lu 17:10).

bond or free—(1Co 7:22; 12:13; Ga 3:28; Col 3:11). Christ does not regard such distinctions in His present dealings of grace, or in His future judgment. The slave that has acted faithfully for the Lord's sake to his master, though the latter may not repay his faithfulness, shall have the Lord for his Paymaster. So the freeman who has done good for the Lord's sake, though man may not pay him, has the Lord for his Debtor (Pr 19:17).

Ephesians 6:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Slaves and Masters
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. 9And masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.
Cross References
Matthew 16:27
For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

1 Corinthians 12:13
For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body--whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

Colossians 3:11
Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Colossians 3:24
since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Colossians 3:25
Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.
Treasury of Scripture

Knowing that whatever good thing any man does, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

whatsoever.

Proverbs 11:18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness …

Proverbs 23:18 For surely there is an end; and your expectation shall not be cut off.

Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his …

Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: …

Matthew 6:1,4 Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: …

Matthew 10:41,42 He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive …

Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his …

Luke 6:35 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing …

Luke 14:14 And you shall be blessed; for they cannot recompense you: for you …

Romans 2:6-10 Who will render to every man according to his deeds…

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every …

Colossians 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: …

Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward.

Hebrews 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures …

whether.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there …

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, …

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