Ephesians 6

1Children, obey your parents the way the Lord wants. That is the right thing to do. 2The command says, “You must honor ˻(respect)˼ your father and mother.” That is the first command that has a promise with it. 3That promise is: “Then everything will be fine with you. And you will have a long life on the earth.” 4Fathers, don’t make your children angry. But raise your children with the training and teaching of the Lord. 5Slaves, obey your masters here on earth. Obey with fear and respect. And do that with a heart that is true, the same as you obey Christ. 6You must do more than just obey your masters to please them while they are watching you. You must obey them like you are obeying Christ. With all your heart you must do what God wants. 7Do your work, and be happy to do it. Work like you are serving the Lord, not like you are serving only men. 8Remember that the Lord will give every person a reward for doing good. Every person, slave or free, will get a reward for the good things he does. 9Masters, in the same way, be good to your slaves. Don’t say things to scare them. You know that the One who is your Master and their Master is in heaven. And that Master ˻(God)˼ judges every person the same. 10To end my letter I tell you, be strong in the Lord and in his great power. 11Wear the full armor ˻(protection)˼ of God. Wear God’s armor so that you can fight against the devil’s evil tricks. 12Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places. 13That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing. 14So stand strong, with the belt of truth tied around your waist. And on your chest wear the protection of right living. 15And on your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong. 16And also use the shield of faith. With that you can stop all the burning arrows of the Evil One ˻(the devil)˼. 17Accept God’s salvation to be your helmet. And take the sword of the Spirit—that sword is the teaching of God. 18Pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray with all kinds of prayers, and ask for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all God’s people. 19Also pray for me. Pray that when I speak, God will give me words so that I can tell the secret truth about the Good News without fear. 20I have the work of speaking for that Good News. I am doing that now, here in prison. Pray that when I tell people that Good News I will speak without fear like I should. 21I am sending to you Tychicus, our brother that we love. He is a faithful servant of the Lord’s work. He will tell you everything that is happening with me. Then you will know how I am and what I am doing. 22That is why I am sending him. I want you to know how we are. I am sending him to encourage you. 23Peace and love with faith to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24God’s grace ˻(kindness)˼ to all of you who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love that never ends.

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