Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only those who are kind and gentle but also those who are harsh.
For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly.
If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God's approval.
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