1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
2"Honor your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise),
"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.
4Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, 5with a sincere heart, 6as you would Christ,
not by the way of eye-service, as 7people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
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.
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.
Finally, 13be strong in the Lord and in 14the strength of his might.
15Put on 16the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against 17the schemes of the devil.
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.