The children! obey your parents in the Lord, for this is
honour thy father and mother,
which is the first command with a promise, 'That it may be
well with thee, and thou mayest live a long time upon the land.'
And the fathers! provoke not your children, but nourish them
in the instruction and admonition of the Lord.
The servants! obey the masters according to the flesh with
fear and trembling, in the simplicity of your heart, as to the Christ;
not with eye-service as men-pleasers, but as servants of the
Christ, doing the will of God out of soul,
with good-will serving, as to the Lord, and not to men,
having known that whatever good thing each one may do, this
he shall receive from the Lord, whether servant or freeman.
And the masters! the same things do ye unto them, letting
threatening alone, having known that also your Master is in the heavens, and
acceptance of persons is not with him.
As to the rest, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in
the power of his might;
put on the whole armour of God, for your being able to stand
against the wiles of the devil,
because we have not the wrestling with blood and flesh, but
with the principalities, with the authorities, with the world-rulers of the
darkness of this age, with the spiritual things of the evil in the heavenly
because of this take ye up the whole armour of God, that ye
may be able to resist in the day of the evil, and all things having done -- to
Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about in truth, and
having put on the breastplate of the righteousness,
and having the feet shod in the preparation of the good-news
of the peace;
above all, having taken up the shield of the faith, in which
ye shall be able all the fiery darts of the evil one to quench,
and the helmet of the salvation receive, and the sword of
the Spirit, which is the saying of God,
through all prayer and supplication praying at all times in
the Spirit, and in regard to this same, watching in all perseverance and
supplication for all the saints --
and in behalf of me, that to me may be given a word in the
opening of my mouth, in freedom, to make known the secret of the good news,
for which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I may
speak freely -- as it behoveth me to speak.
And that ye may know -- ye also -- the things concerning me
-- what I do, all things make known to you shall Tychicus, the beloved brother
and faithful ministrant in the Lord,
whom I did send unto you for this very thing, that ye might
know the things concerning us, and that he might comfort your hearts.
Peace to the brethren, and love, with faith, from God the
Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ!
The grace with all those loving our Lord Jesus Christ --