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Chapter 6

1Children, as Christians obey your parents, for that is right. 2“You must honor your father and mother”—that is the first commandment accompanied with a promise— 3“so that you may prosper and have a long life on earth.” 4You fathers, too, must not irritate your children, but you must bring them up with Christian training and instruction.

5You who are slaves, obey your earthly masters, in reverence and awe, with sincerity of heart, as you would the Christ, 6not with mere external service, as though you had only men to please, but like slaves of Christ, carrying out the will of God. 7Do your duties heartily and willingly, as though it were for the Lord, not for men, 8for you know that everyone, slave or free, will be rewarded by the Lord for his good conduct. 9You who are masters, too, must treat your slaves in the same way, and cease to threaten them, for you know that their Master and yours is in heaven, and that he will show no partiality.

10Henceforth you must grow strong through union with the Lord and through his mighty strength. 11You must put on God’s armor, so as to be able to stand up against the devil’s stratagems. 12For we have to struggle, not with enemies of flesh and blood, but with the hierarchies, the authorities, the master-spirits of this dark world, the spirit-forces of evil on high. 13So you must take God’s armor, so that when the evil day comes you will be able to make a stand, and when it is all over to hold your ground. 14Stand your ground, then, with the belt of truth around your waist, and put on uprightness as your coat of mail, 15and on your feet put the readiness the good news of peace brings. 16Besides all these, take faith for your shield, for with it you will be able to put out all the flaming missiles of the evil one, 17and take salvation for your helmet, and for your sword the Spirit, which is the voice of God. 18Use every kind of prayer and entreaty, and at every opportunity pray in the Spirit. Be on the alert about it; devote yourselves constantly to prayer for all God’s people 19and for me, that when I open my lips I may be given a message, so that I may boldly make known the secret of the good news, 20for the sake of which I am an envoy, and in prison. Pray that, when I tell it, I may have the courage to speak as I ought.

21In order that you also may know how I am, our dear brother Tychicus, a faithful helper in the Lord’s service, will tell you all about it. 22That is the very reason I am sending him, to let you know how I am, and to cheer your hearts.

23God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give the brothers peace and love, with faith. 24God’s blessing be with all who have an unfailing love for our Lord Jesus Christ.

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