Ephesians 6

Children and Parents

1 Children, a obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 b "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise: 3 "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth." 1 4 And c you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but d bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

Slaves and Masters

5 e Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, f with fear and trembling, g in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; 6 h not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, 8 i knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. 9 And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that 2 your own j Master also is in heaven, and k there is no partiality with Him.

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 l Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the 3 wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against m principalities, against powers, against n the rulers of 4 the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 o Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand p in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, q having girded your waist with truth, r having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 s and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking t the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And u take the helmet of salvation, and v the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 w praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, x being watchful to this end with all perseverance and y supplication for all the saints - 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, z that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which a I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Final Greetings

21 But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, b Tychicus, a beloved brother and c faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you; 22 d whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may e comfort your hearts.

23 Peace 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 in sincerity. Amen.

  1. Cross References
    Proverbs 6:20
    My son, keep your father's command, And do not forsake the law of your mother.
    Proverbs 23:22
    Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old.
    Colossians 3:20
    Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
  2. Cross References
    Exodus 20:12
    Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
    Deuteronomy 5:16
    Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
  3. Cross References
    Colossians 3:21
    Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 18:19
    "For I have known him, in order that he may com...
    Deuteronomy 6:7
    You shall teach them diligently to your childre...
    Deuteronomy 11:19
    You shall teach them to your children, speaking...
    Psalms 78:4
    We will not hide them from their children, Tell...
    Proverbs 22:6
    Train up a child in the way he should go, And w...
    2 Timothy 3:15
    And that from childhood you have known the Holy...
  5. Cross References
    Colossians 3:22
    Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.
    1 Timothy 6:1
    Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed.
    Titus 2:9
    Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back.
    1 Peter 2:18
    Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.
  6. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 7:15
    And his affections are greater for you as he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him.
  7. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 29:17
    I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You.
  8. Cross References
    Colossians 3:22
    Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.
  9. Cross References
    Romans 2:6
    Who "will render to each one according to his deeds":
  10. Cross References
    Job 31:13
    If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant When they complained against me.
    John 13:13
    You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.
    Colossians 4:1
    Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
  11. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 10:17
    For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.
    Acts 10:34
    Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.
    Romans 2:11
    For there is no partiality with God.
    Colossians 3:25
    But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.
  12. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 6:7
    By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left.
  13. Cross References
    Romans 8:38
    For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come.
  14. Cross References
    Luke 22:53
    "When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness."
  15. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 10:4
    For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.
  16. Cross References
    Ephesians 5:16
    Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
  17. Cross References
    Isaiah 11:5
    Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faithfulness the belt of His waist.
    Luke 12:35
    Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning.
    1 Peter 1:13
    Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
  18. Cross References
    Isaiah 59:17
    For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, And was clad with zeal as a cloak.
    Romans 13:12
    The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
    Ephesians 6:13
    Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    1 Thessalonians 5:8
    But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
  19. Cross References
    Isaiah 52:7
    How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!
    Romans 10:15
    And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!
  20. Cross References
    1 John 5:4
    For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith.
  21. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 5:8
    But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
  22. Cross References
    Isaiah 49:2
    And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me.
    Hosea 6:5
    Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets, I have slain them by the words of My mouth; And your judgments are like light that goes forth.
    Hebrews 4:12
    For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
  23. Cross References
    Luke 18:1
    Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.
    Colossians 1:3
    We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.
    Colossians 4:2
    Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.
    1 Thessalonians 5:17
    Pray without ceasing.
  24. Cross References
    Matthew 26:41
    "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
  25. Cross References
    Philippians 1:4
    Always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy.
  26. Cross References
    Acts 4:29
    Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word.
    Colossians 4:3
    Meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains.
  27. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 5:20
    Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.
  28. Cross References
    Acts 20:4
    And Sopater of Berea accompanied him to Asia - also Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.
    2 Timothy 4:12
    And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.
    Titus 3:12
    When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.
  29. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 4:1
    Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
    1 Corinthians 4:2
    Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
  30. Cross References
    Colossians 4:8
    I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts.
  31. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 1:6
    Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
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