Ephesians 6 New American Standard Bible

6 1  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 THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH . 4  Fathers , do not provoke your children to anger , but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord . 5  Slaves , be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh , with fear and trembling , in the sincerity of your heart , as to Christ ; 6  not by way of eyeservice , as men-pleasers , but as slaves of Christ , doing the will of God from the heart . 7  With good will render service , as to the Lord , and not to men , 8  knowing that whatever e good thing each one does , this he will receive back from the Lord , whether slave or free . 9  And 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.

The Whole Armor of God

10  Finally , be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might . 11  Put on the full armor of God , so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil . 12  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood , but against the rulers , against the powers , against the world forces of this darkness , against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13  Therefore e , take up the full armor of God , so that you will be able to resist in the evil day , and having done everything , to stand firm . 14  Stand firm therefore , HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH , and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS , 15  and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE ; 16  in addition to all , taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17  And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION , and the sword of the Spirit , which is the word of God . 18  With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit , and with this in view , be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints ,

19  and pray on my behalf , that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth , to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel , 20  for which I am an ambassador in chains ; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly , as I ought to speak .

Final Greetings

21  But that you also may know about my circumstances e , how I am doing , Tychicus , the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord , will make everything known to you. 22  I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know about us, and that he may comfort your hearts . 23  Peace be to the brethren , and love with faith , from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ . 24  Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.

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