Ephesians 6 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for 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." This is the first of the Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. 2 "Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise--
3 And this is the promise: If you honor your father and mother, "you will live a long life, full of blessing." 3 "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
4 And now a word to you fathers. Don't make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord. 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 deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. 5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.
6 Work hard, but not just to please your masters when they are watching. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. 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 Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,
8 Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free. 8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.
9 And in the same way, you masters must treat your slaves right. Don't threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no 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 A final word: Be strong with the Lord's mighty power. 10 Finally, 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 and tricks of the Devil. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. 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 Use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. 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 Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16 In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. 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 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere. 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 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words as I boldly explain God's secret plan that the Good News is for the Gentiles, too. 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 I am in chains now for preaching this message as God's ambassador. But pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should. 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
21 Tychicus, a much loved brother and faithful helper in the Lord's work, will tell you all about how I am 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 I am sending him to you for just this purpose. He will let you know how we are, and he will 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 give you peace, dear brothers and sisters, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 23 Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 May God's grace be upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love. 24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.