1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
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2"Honor your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise),
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"that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land."
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, 3but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
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4Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, 5with a sincere heart, 6as you would Christ,
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not by the way of eye-service, as 7people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
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rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,
8knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, 9whether he is a slave or free.
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Masters, do the same to them, 10and stop your threatening, knowing that 11he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that 12there is no partiality with him.
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Finally, 13be strong in the Lord and in 14the strength of his might.
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15Put on 16the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against 17the schemes of the devil.
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For 18we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against 19the rulers, against the authorities, against 20the cosmic powers over 21this present darkness, against 22the spiritual forces of evil 23in the heavenly places.
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Therefore 24take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in 25the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
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Stand therefore, 26having fastened on the belt of truth, and 27having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
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and, 28as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
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In all circumstances take up 29the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all 30the flaming darts of 31the evil one;
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and take 32the helmet of salvation, and 33the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
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praying 34at all times 35in the Spirit, 36with all prayer and supplication. To that end 37keep alert with all perseverance, making 38supplication for all the saints,
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and 39also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth 40boldly to proclaim 41the mystery of the gospel,
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for which I 42am an ambassador 43in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
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44So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, 45Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything.
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I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may 46encourage your hearts.
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47Peace be to the brothers, and 48love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Grace be with all who 49love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.
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