World Wide Study Bible
a Bible passage
17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
17. Literally, "And everything whatsoever ye do … do all," &c.; this includes words as well as deeds.
in the name of the Lord Jesus—as disciples called by His name as His, seeking His guidance and help, and desiring to act so as to gain His approval (Ro 14:8; 1Co 10:31; 2Co 5:15; 1Pe 4:11). Compare "in the Lord," Col 3:18, and "Christ is all," Col 3:11.
God and the Father—The oldest manuscripts omit "and," which seems to have crept in from Eph 5:20.
by him—Greek, "through Him" as the channel of His grace to us, and of our thanksgiving to Him (Joh 14:6, end).