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Ephesians 6 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Children, obey your parents because you are Christians. This is the right thing to do. 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
2 "Honor your father and mother 2 "Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise--
3 that everything may go well for you, and you may have a long life on earth." This is an important commandment with a promise. 3 "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
4 Fathers, don't make your children bitter about life. Instead, bring them up in Christian discipline and instruction. 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with proper respect. Be as sincere as you are when you obey Christ. 5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.
6 Don't obey them only while you're being watched, as if you merely wanted to please people. But obey like slaves who belong to Christ, who have a deep desire to do what God wants them to do. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.
7 Serve eagerly as if you were serving your heavenly master and not merely serving human masters. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,
8 You know that your heavenly master will reward all of us for whatever good we do, whether we're slaves or free people. 8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.
9 Masters, treat your slaves with respect. Don't threaten a slave. You know that there is one master in heaven who has authority over both of you, and he doesn't play favorites. 9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.
10 Finally, receive your power from the Lord and from his mighty strength. 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11 Put on all the armor that God supplies. In this way you can take a stand against the devil's strategies. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
12 This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
13 For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days. Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
14 So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God's approval as your breastplate. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15 Put on your shoes so that you are ready to spread the Good News that gives peace. 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16 In addition to all these, take the Christian faith as your shield. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Also take salvation as your helmet and the word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit in every situation. Use every kind of prayer and request there is. For the same reason be alert. Use every kind of effort and make every kind of request for all of God's people. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
19 Also pray that God will give me the right words to say. Then I will speak boldly when I reveal the mystery of the Good News. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 Because I have already been doing this as Christ's representative, I am in prison. So pray that I speak about this Good News as boldly as I have to. 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
21 I'm sending Tychicus to you. He is our dear brother and a faithful deacon in the Lord's work. He will tell you everything that is happening to me so that you will know how I'm getting along. 21 Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing.
22 That's why I'm sending him to you so that you may know how we're doing and that he may encourage you. 22 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.
23 May God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give our brothers and sisters peace and love along with faith. 23 Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 His favor is with everyone who has an undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.