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Advice for Children and Parents
1Children, obey your parents in the Lord,a for this is the right thing to do. 2“Honor your father and mother…”b (This is a very important commandment with a promise.) 3“…so that it may go well for you, and that you may have a long life on the earth.”c
Advice for Slaves and Masters
5Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear, trembling, and sincerity, as when you obeye the Messiah.f 6Do not do this only while you’re being watched in order to please them, but be like slaves of the Messiah,g who are determined to obey God’s will. 7Serve willingly, as if you were serving the Lord and not merely people,h 8because you know that everyone will receive a reward from the Lord for whatever good he has done, whether he is a slave or free.
Putting on the Whole Armor of God
10Finally, be strong in the Lord, relying on his mighty strength. 11Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the devil’s strategies.j 12For ourk struggle is not against human opponents,l but against rulers, authorities, cosmic powers in the darkness around us,m and evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realm. 13For this reason, take up the whole armor of God so that you may be able to take a stand whenever evil comes. And when you have done everything you could, you will be able to stand firm.
14Stand firm, therefore, having fastened the belt of truth around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and being firm-footed in the gospel of peace.n 16In addition to having clothed yourselves with these things, having taken up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one, 17also take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18Pray in the Spirit at all times with every kind of prayer and request. Likewise, be alert with your most diligent efforts and pray for all the saints. 19Prayo also for me, so that, when I begin to speak, the right words will come to me. Then I will boldly make known the secret of the gospel, 20for whose sake I am an ambassador in chains, desiring to declare the gospelp as boldly as I should.q
21So that you may know what has happened to me and how I am doing, Tychicus, our dear brother and a faithful minister in service to the Lord, will tell you everything. 22I am sending him to you for this very reason, so that you may know how we are doing and that he may encourage your hearts.
a 6:1 Other mss. lack in the Lord
b 6:2 Exod 20:12; Deut 5:16
c 6:3 Exod 20:12; Deut 5:16
d 6:4 Or discipline
e 6:5 Lit. as to
f 6:5 Or Christ
g 6:6 Or Christ
h 6:7 Lit. as to the Lord and not people
i 6:9 Lit. treat them
j 6:11 Or schemes
k 6:12 Other mss. read your
l 6:12 Lit. against flesh and blood
m 6:12 Lit. powers of this darkness
n 6:15 Or wear on your feet readiness for the gospel of peace
o 6:19 The Gk. lacks Pray
p 6:20 Lit. declare it
q 6:20 Lit. as I should speak
r 6:23 Or Christ
s 6:24 Or Christ; other mss. read Messiah! Amen.