Children, obey your parents in the Lord,
for this is right.
Honor your father and mother
which is the first commandment with a promise
that it may go well with you
and that you may enjoy
long life on the earth.
Fathers, do not exasperate your children;
instead, bring them up in the training
and instruction of the Lord.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters
with respect and fear,
and with sincerity of heart,
just as you would obey Christ.
Obey them not only to win their favor
when their eye is on you,
but like slaves of Christ,
doing the will of God from your heart.
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord,
not men, because you know that the Lord
will reward everyone for whatever good he does,
whether he is slave or free. And masters,
treat your slaves in the same way.
Do not threaten them,
since you know that he
who is both their Master
and yours is in heaven,
and there is no favoritism with him.
Finally, be strong in the Lord
and in his mighty power.
Put on the full armor of God
so that you can take your stand
against the devil's schemes.
For our struggle is not against
flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world
and against the spiritual forces of evil
in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God,
so that when the day of evil comes,
you may be able to stand your ground,
and after you have done everything,
to stand. Stand firm then, with
the belt of truth buckled around your waist,
with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
and with your feet fitted with the readiness
that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this,
take up the shield of faith,
with which you can extinguish
all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Take the helmet of salvation
and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions
with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, be alert and
always keep on praying for all the saints.
Pray also for me, that
whenever I open my mouth,
words may be given me so that
I will fearlessly make known
the mystery of the gospel,
for which I am an ambassador in chains.
Pray that I may declare it
fearlessly, as I should.
Tychicus, the dear brother and
faithful servant in the Lord,
will tell you everything,
so that you also may know
how I am and what I am doing.
I am sending him to you
for this very purpose,
that you may know how we are,
and that he may encourage you.
Peace to the brothers,
and love with faith
from God the Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace to all who love our Lord
Jesus Christ with an undying love.
~ New International Version ~
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