Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect1 and fear, and with sincerity of heart,2 just as you would obey Christ.36
Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ,4 doing the will of God from your heart.
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,58
because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does,6 whether he is slave or free.
And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours7 is in heaven, and there is no favoritism8 with him.
Finally, be strong in the Lord9 and in his mighty power.1011
Put on the full armor of God11 so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,12 but against the rulers, against the authorities,13 against the powers14 of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.1513
Therefore put on the full armor of God,16 so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,17 with the breastplate of righteousness in place,1815
and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.19