Ephesians 6 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Children, do what your parents tell you. This is only right. 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
2 "Honor your father and mother" is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it, namely, 2 "Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise--
3 "so you will live well and have a long life." 3 "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
4 Fathers, don't exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master. 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
5 Servants, respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye to obeying the real master, 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 just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ's servants doing what God wants you 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 And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you're really serving God. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,
8 Good work will get you good pay from the Master, regardless of whether you are slave or free. 8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.
9 Masters, it's the same with you. No abuse, please, and no threats. You and your servants are both under the same Master in heaven. He makes no distinction between you and them. 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 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11 So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
12 This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. 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 Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. 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 Truth, righteousness, 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15 peace, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16 faith, 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 and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. 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 don't forget to pray for me. Pray that I'll know what to say and have the courage to say it at the right time, telling the mystery to one and all, the Message that I, 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 jailbird preacher that I am, am responsible for getting out. 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
21 Tychicus, my good friend here, will tell you what I'm doing and how things are going with me. He is certainly a dependable servant of the Master! 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've sent him not only to tell you about us but to cheer you on in your faith. 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 Good-bye, friends. Love mixed with faith be yours from God the Father and from the Master, Jesus Christ. 23 Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Pure grace and nothing but grace be with all who love our Master, Jesus Christ. 24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.