Eph 6:1
6:1 Children, {1} obey your parents {2} in the {a} Lord: {3} for
    this is right.

 (1) He comes to another part of a family, and shows that the
     duty of the children toward their parents consists in
     obedience to them.
 (2) The first argument: because God has so appointed.  And upon
     this it follows also that children are obligated to obey
     their parents, that they may not swerve from the true
     worship of God.
     (a) For the Lord is author of all fatherhood, and therefore
         we must yield such obedience as he will have us.
 (3) The second argument: because this obedience is most just.

Eph 6:2
6:2 {4} Honour thy father and mother; {5} (which is the first
    commandment with {b} promise;)

 (4) A proof of the first argument.
 (5) The third argument taken of the profit that ensues from it:
     because the Lord gave this commandment among all the rest
     a special blessing.
     (b) With a special promise: for otherwise the second
         commandment has a promise of mercy to a thousand
         generations, but that promise is general.

Eph 6:4
6:4 {6} And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but
    bring them up in the nurture and {c} admonition of the Lord.

 (6) It is the duty of fathers to use their fatherly authority
     moderately and to God's glory.
     (c) Such information and precepts which are taken out of
         God's book, and are holy and acceptable to him.

Eph 6:5
6:5 {7} Servants, be obedient to them that are [your] masters
    {8} according to the flesh, with {d} fear and trembling, in
    singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

 (7) Now he descends to the third part of a family, that is, to
     the duty both of the masters and of the servants.  And he
     shows that the duty of servants consists in a hearty love
     and reverence for their masters.
 (8) He moderates the sharpness of service, in that they are
     spiritually free even though they are servants, and yet
     that spiritual freedom does not take away physical service:
     insomuch that they cannot be Christ's, unless they serve
     their masters willingly and faithfully, as much as they may
     with clear conscience.
     (d) With careful reverence: for slavish fear is not
         allowable, much less in Christian servants.

Eph 6:6
6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of
    Christ, {9} doing the will of God from the heart;

 (9) To cut off occasion of all pretences, he teaches us that it
     is God's will that some are either born or made servants,
     and therefore they must respect God's will although their
     service is ever so hard.

Eph 6:7
6:7 With good will doing service, as to the {e} Lord, and not to

    (e) Being moved with a reverence for God, as though you
        served God himself.

Eph 6:8
6:8 {10} Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the
    same shall he receive of the Lord, whether [he be] bond or

 (10) Although they serve unkind and cruel masters, yet the
      obedience of servants is no less acceptable to God, than
      the obedience of those that are free.

Eph 6:9
6:9 {11} And, ye masters, do the same things unto them,
    forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in
    heaven; neither is there {f} respect of persons with him.

 (11) It is the duty of masters to use the authority that they
      have over their servants, modestly and in a holy manner,
      seeing that they in another respect have a common master
      who is in heaven, who will judge both the servant and the
      (f) Either of freedom or bondage.

Eph 6:10
6:10 {12} Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in
     the power of his might.

 (12) He concludes the other part of this epistle with a grave
      exhortation, that all are ready and fight constantly,
      trusting in spiritual weapons, until their enemies are
      completely put to flight.  And first of all he warns us to
      take up the armour of God, for with it alone may our enemy
      be dispatched.

Eph 6:12
6:12 {13} For we wrestle not against flesh and {g} blood, but
     against {h} principalities, against powers, against the
     rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual
     wickedness in high [places].

 (13) Secondly, he declares that our chiefest and mightiest
      enemies are invisible, so that we may not think that our
      chiefest conflict is with men.
      (g) Against men, who are of a frail and brittle nature,
          against whom are set spiritual wiles, a thousand
          times more mighty than the flesh.
      (h) He gives these names to the evil angels, by reason of
          the effects which they work: not that they are able to
          do the same in and of themselves, but because God
          gives them permission.

Eph 6:13
6:13 {14} Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that
     ye may be able to withstand in the {i} evil day, and having
     done all, to stand.

 (14) He shows that these enemies are put to flight only with
      the armour of God, that is, with uprightness of conscience,
      a godly and holy life, knowledge of the Gospel, faith, and
      to be short, with the word of God.  And that daily earnest
      prayer must be made for the health of the Church, and
      especially for the steadfast faithfulness of the true,
      godly, and valiant ministers of the word.
      (i) See Eph 5:16.

Eph 6:15
6:15 And your feet shod with the {k} preparation of the gospel
     of peace;

     (k) The preparation of the Gospel may be as it were shoes
         to you: and it is very fitly called the Gospel of
         peace, because, seeing we have to go to God through
         most dangerous ranks of enemies, this may encourage us
         to go on bravely, in that you know by the doctrine of
         the Gospel, that we are travelling to God who is at
         peace with us.

Eph 6:18
6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the {l}
     Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and
     supplication for all saints;

     (l) That holy prayers may proceed from the Holy Spirit.

Eph 6:21
6:21 {15} But that ye also may know my affairs, [and] how I do,
     Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the
     Lord, shall make known to you all things:

 (15) A familiar and very amiable declaration of his state,
      together with a solemn prayer, with which Paul is
      accustomed to end his epistles.

Eph 6:24
6:24 Grace [be] with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ
     {m} in sincerity. Amen. <<[To [the] Ephesians written from
     Rome, by Tychicus.]>>

     (m) Or to immortality, to life everlasting.