Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.1
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"Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise--
"that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."2
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Fathers, do not exasperate your children;3 instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.4
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Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect5 and fear, and with sincerity of heart,6 just as you would obey Christ.7
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Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ,8 doing the will of God from your heart.
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Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,9
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because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does,10 whether he is slave or free.
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And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours11 is in heaven, and there is no favoritism12 with him.
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Finally, be strong in the Lord 13 and in his mighty power.14
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Put on the full armor of God15 so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
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For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,16 but against the rulers, against the authorities,17 against the powers18 of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.19
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Therefore put on the full armor of God,20 so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
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Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,21 with the breastplate of righteousness in place,22
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and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.23
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In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,24 with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.25
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Take the helmet of salvation26 and the sword of the Spirit,27 which is the word of God.28
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And pray in the Spirit29 on all occasions30 with all kinds of prayers and requests.31 With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying32 for all the saints.
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Pray also for me,33 that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly34 make known the mystery35 of the gospel,
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for which I am an ambassador36 in chains.37 Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
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Tychicus,38 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.
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I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are,39 and that he may encourage you.40
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Peace41 to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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