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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Ephesians 6:1-24

6  Children, be obedient* to YOUR parents+ in union+ with [the] Lord,* for this is righteous:+  “Honor your father and [your] mother”;+ which is the first command with a promise:+  “That it may go well with you and you may endure a long time on the earth.”+  And YOU, fathers, do not be irritating* YOUR children,+ but go on bringing them up+ in the discipline+ and mental-regulating*+ of Jehovah.*  YOU slaves, be obedient to those who are [YOUR] masters in a fleshly sense,+ with fear and trembling+ in the sincerity of YOUR hearts, as to the Christ,  not by way of eye-service as men pleasers,+ but as Christ’s slaves, doing the will of God whole-souled.+  Be slaves with good inclinations, as to Jehovah,*+ and not to men,  for YOU know that each one, whatever good he may do, will receive this back from Jehovah,*+ whether he be slave or freeman.+  Also, YOU masters, keep doing the same things to them, letting up on the threatening,+ for YOU know that the Master* of both them and YOU+ is in the heavens, and there is no partiality+ with him. 10  Finally, go on acquiring power+ in [the] Lord and in the mightiness+ of his strength. 11  Put on the complete suit of armor+ from God that YOU may be able to stand firm against the machinations*+ of the Devil; 12  because we have a wrestling,+ not against blood and flesh, but against the governments,+ against the authorities,+ against the world rulers*+ of this darkness, against the wicked spirit+ forces in the heavenly places. 13  On this account take up the complete suit of armor* from God,+ that YOU may be able to resist in the wicked day and, after YOU have done all things thoroughly, to stand firm.+ 14  Stand firm, therefore, with YOUR loins girded+ about with truth,+ and having on the breastplate of righteousness,+ 15  and with YOUR feet+ shod with the equipment* of the good news of peace.+ 16  Above all things, take up the large shield of faith,+ with which YOU will be able to quench all the wicked one’s burning missiles.+ 17  Also, accept the helmet+ of salvation, and the sword+ of the spirit,+ that is, God’s word,+ 18  while with every form of prayer+ and supplication YOU carry on prayer on every occasion in spirit.+ And to that end keep awake with all constancy and with supplication in behalf of all the holy ones, 19  also for me, that ability to speak+ may be given me with the opening of my mouth, with freeness of speech+ to make known the sacred secret of the good news,+ 20  for which I am acting as an ambassador+ in chains; that I may speak in connection with it with boldness* as I ought to speak.+ 21  Now in order that YOU may also know about my affairs, as to how I am doing, Tych′i·cus,+ a beloved brother and faithful minister in [the] Lord, will make everything known to YOU.+ 22  I am sending him to YOU for this very purpose, that YOU may know of the things having to do with us and that he may comfort YOUR hearts.+ 23  May the brothers have peace and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24  May the undeserved kindness+ be with all those loving our Lord Jesus Christ in incorruptness.

Footnotes

Lit., “be you obeying.”
“In union with [the] Lord,” P46אADcVgSyh,pArm; BD* omit.
Lit., “not be you provoking to wrath.”
Lit., “putting mind in.”
See App 1D.
See App 1D.
See App 1D.
Or, “Lord.”
Or, “crafty acts.” Gr., me·tho·di′as; Lat., in·si′di·as.
Lit., “world-mighty ones.” Gr., ko·smo·kra′to·ras.
Lit., “the panoply.” Gr., ten pa·no·pli′an; Lat., ar·ma·tu′ram.
“With the equipment.” Lit., “in readiness; in preparedness.”
Or, “with freeness of speech.”