Ephesians 6:2-12 NLT

2 “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise:
3 If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”a

References for Ephesians 6:3

    • 6:3 - Exod 20:12; Deut 5:16 .
      4 Fathers,b do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

      References for Ephesians 6:4

        • 6:4 - Or Parents.
          5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.
          6 Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart.
          7 Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
          8 Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.
          9 Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites.
          10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
          11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
          12 For wec are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

          References for Ephesians 6:12

            • 6:12 - Some manuscripts read you.