6 * Children, 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 “so that it may be well with you and your time may be long on the earth.” 4 And fathers, do not be provoking to your children, but bring them up with the instruction and admonition of the Lord. 5 Servants, obey those who are your masters in the way of flesh with fear and trembling in single-heartedness as you do the Christ, 6 not in the way of eye-service as man-pleasers do but as servants of Christ’s, doing God’s will whole-souledly, 7 serving in a friendly spirit as doing it for the Lord and not for men, 8 knowing that each one, if he does anything good, will have it coming to him from the Lord, be he slave or freeman. 9 And masters, do the same toward them, going easy as to threatening, knowing that in the heavens is the master of them and of you, and there is no favoritism with him. 10 * Henceforth be valiant in the Lord and in the mightiness of his strength; 11 put on God’s armor so that you can stand up to the Devil’s devices, 12 because our match is not with flesh and blood but with the governments, the dominions, the cosmocrats of this darkness, the spiritual essences of wickedness in the heavenly sphere; 13 for this reason take God’s armor in order to be able to defend yourselves on the wicked day, and after you have fought every bit through to stand your ground. 14 So stand your ground with your waists belted with truth and wearing the cuirass of righteousness, 15 and with your feet shod with preparation for carrying the gospel of peace; 16 withal taking the shield of faith, on which you will be able to quench all the flaming missiles of the Evil One. 17 And receive the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word; 18 * praying in the Spirit at every time with every kind of prayer and petition and keeping on the alert for it with all intentness and fullness of petition regarding all God’s people, 19 ** and for me, that I may be given power to speak with open mouth to make known outspokenly the secret 20 * for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may speak it out as I ought. 21 But in order that you may know of my affairs, how I am getting on, Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful errand-runner in the Lord, will acquaint you with everything; 22 I have sent him to you for this express purpose, to let you know about us and to let him cheer your hearts. 23 Peace to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 * Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ imperishably.
^ 6:1 Var. obey your parents; for
^ 6:10 Var. For the rest, be valiant
^ 6:18 Lit. all intentness and petition
^ 6:19 Or given words when I open my mouth
^ 6:19 Var. the secret of the gospel, for which
^ 6:20 Var. speak out in it as
^ 6:24 Lit. in imperishableness