NASB — Ephesians 6 — KJV

Family Relationships

1 aChildren, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 aHONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH.

[1] aPv 6:20; 23:22; Col 3:20
[2] aEx 20:12; Dt 5:16

4aFathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bbring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

[4] aCol 3:21 bGn 18:19; Dt 6:7; 11:19; Ps 78:4; Pv 22:6; 2Ti 3:15

5aSlaves, be obedient to those who are your Imasters according to the flesh, with bfear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, cas to Christ; 6 anot Iby way of eyeservice, as bmen-pleasers, but as cslaves of Christ, ddoing the will of God from the IIheart. 7 With good will Irender service, aas to the Lord, and not to men, 8 aknowing that bwhatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, cwhether slave or free.

[5] II.e. earthly masters, with fear aCol 3:22; 1Ti 6:1; Tit 2:9 b1Co 2:3 cEp 5:22
[6] ILit according to IILit soul aCol 3:22 bGa 1:10 c1Co 7:22 dMk 3:35
[7] ILit rendering aCol 3:23
[8] aCol 3:24 bMt 16:27; 2Co 5:10; Col 3:24f c1Co 12:13; Col 3:11

9 ¶ And masters, do the same things to them, and agive up threatening, knowing that bboth their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is cno partiality with Him.

[9] aLv 25:43 bJb 31:13ff; Jn 13:13; Col 4:1 cDt 10:17; Ac 10:34; Col 3:25

The Armor of God

10 ¶ Finally, abe strong in the Lord and in bthe strength of His might. 11 aPut on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the bschemes of the devil. 12 For our astruggle is not against Ibflesh and blood, but cagainst the rulers, against the powers, against the dworld forces of this edarkness, against the fspiritual [forces] of wickedness in gthe heavenly [places]. 13 Therefore, take up athe full armor of God, so that you will be able to bresist in cthe evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, aHAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING bPUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, 15 and having ashod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; 16 Iin addition to all, taking up the ashield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the bflaming arrows of cthe evil [one]. 17 And take aTHE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the bsword of the Spirit, which is cthe word of God.

[10] a1Co 16:13; 2Ti 2:1 bEp 1:19
[11] aRo 13:12; Ep 6:13 bEp 4:14
[12] ILit blood and flesh a1Co 9:25 bMt 16:17 cEp 1:21; 2:2; 3:10 dJn 12:31 eAc 26:18; Col 1:13 fEp 3:10 gEp 1:3
[13] aEp 6:11 bJm 4:7 cEp 5:16
[14] aIs 11:5; Lk 12:35; 1P 1:13 bIs 59:17; Ro 13:12; Ep 6:13; 1Th 5:8
[15] aIs 52:7; Ro 10:15
[16] ILit in all a1Th 5:8 bPs 7:13; 120:4 cMt 5:37
[17] aIs 59:17 bIs 49:2; Ho 6:5; He 4:12 cEp 5:26; He 6:5

18IWith all aprayer and petition IIbpray at all times cin the Spirit, and with this in view, IIIdbe on the alert with all eperseverance and fpetition for all the saints, 19 and a[pray] on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me bin the opening of my mouth, to make known with cboldness dthe mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an aambassador bin Ichains; that IIin [proclaiming] it I may speak cboldly, das I ought to speak.

[18] ILit Through IILit praying IIILit being aPhp 4:6 bLk 18:1; Col 1:3; 4:2; 1Th 5:17 cRo 8:26f dMk 13:33 eAc 1:14 f1Ti 2:1
[19] aCol 4:3; 1Th 5:25 b2Co 6:11 c2Co 3:12 dEp 3:3
[20] ILit a chain IITwo early mss read I may speak it boldly a2Co 5:20; Phm 9 mg bAc 21:33; 28:20; Ep 3:1; Php 1:7; Col 4:3 c2Co 3:12 dCol 4:4

21aBut that you also may know about my circumstances, Ihow I am doing, bTychicus, cthe beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you. 22 IaI have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know IIabout us, and that he may bcomfort your hearts.

[21] ILit what aEp 6:21, 22: Col 4:7-9 bAc 20:4; 2Ti 4:12 cCol 4:7
[22] ILit Whom I have sent to you IILit the things about us aCol 4:8 bCol 2:2; 4:8

23aPeace be to the brethren, and blove with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ Iwith incorruptible [love].

[23] aRo 15:33; Ga 6:16; 2Th 3:16; 1P 5:14 bGa 5:6; 1Th 5:8
[24] ILit in incorruption


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The duty of children towards their parents,

1 ¶ Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

[1] Gn 28:7; 37:13; Lv 19:3; Dt 21:18; 1S 17:20; Ne 9:13; Es 2:20; Jb 33:27; Ps 19:8; 119:75, 128; Pv 1:8; 6:20; 23:22; 30:11, 17; Jr 35:14; Ho 14:9; Lk 2:51; Ro 7:12; 12:2; 16:2; 1Co 15:58; Ep 6:5; Col 3:16, 20, 23; 1Ti 5:4; 1P 2:13.
[2] Ex 20:12; Dt 27:16; Pv 20:20; Jr 35:18; Ezk 22:7; Mal 1:6; Mt 15:4; Mk 7:9; Ro 13:7.
[3] Dt 4:40; 5:16; 6:3, 18; 12:25, 28; 22:7; Ru 3:1; Ps 128:1; Is 3:10; Jr 42:6.
[4] Gn 18:19; 31:14; Ex 12:26; 13:14; Dt 4:9; 6:7, 20; 11:19; Jsh 4:6, 21; 24:15; 1S 20:30; 1Ch 22:10; 28:9, 20; 29:19; Ps 71:17, 18; 78:4; Pv 4:1; 19:18; 22:6, 15; 23:13; 29:15, 17; Is 38:19; Col 3:21; 2Ti 1:5; 3:15; He 12:7.

of servants towards their masters.

5 Servants, be obedient to them that are [your] masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; 6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: 8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether [he be] bond or free. 9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

[5] Gn 16:9; Jsh 24:14; 1Ch 29:17; Ps 86:11; 123:2; Mal 1:6; Mt 6:22, 24; 8:9; Ac 2:46; 10:7; 1Co 2:3; 7:22; 2Co 1:12; 7:15; 11:2; Ep 1:1; 6:24; Php 2:12; Col 3:17, 22; 1Ti 6:1; Tit 2:9; Phm 1:16; 1P 2:18; 3:2.
[6] Jr 3:10; 24:7; Mt 7:21; 12:50; Ro 6:17; Ep 5:17; Php 2:12; Col 1:9; 3:22, 23; 4:12; 1Th 2:4; 4:3; He 10:36; 13:21; 1P 2:15; 4:2; 1Jn 2:17.
[7] Gn 31:6, 38; 2K 5:2, 13; 1Co 10:31; Ep 6:5.
[8] Pv 11:18; 23:18; Is 3:11; Mt 5:12; 6:1, 4; 10:41; 16:27; Lk 6:35; 14:14; Ro 2:6; 2Co 5:10; Ga 3:28; Col 3:11, 24; He 10:35; 11:26.
[9] Lv 19:13; 25:39, 43; Dt 15:11; 24:14; 1S 15:17; Ne 5:5, 8; Jb 24:10; 31:13; Ps 140:12; Ec 5:8; Is 47:6; 58:3; Dn 3:6, 15; 5:19; Am 8:4; Mal 3:5; Mt 7:12; 22:8, 10; 24:48, 51; Lk 6:31; 12:45; Jn 13:13; Ac 10:34; Ro 2:11; 1Co 1:2; 7:22; Ep 6:5; Php 2:10; Col 3:25; 4:1; Jm 2:8, 13; 5:4.

Our life is a warfare,

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

[10] Dt 20:3; 31:23; Jsh 1:6, 9; 1S 23:16; 1Ch 28:10, 20; 2Ch 15:7; Ps 138:3; Is 35:3; 40:28, 31; Hg 2:4; Zc 8:9, 13; 1Co 16:13; 2Co 12:9; 13:11; Ep 1:19; 3:16; Php 3:1; 4:8, 13; Col 1:11; 2Ti 2:1; 4:17; 1P 3:8; 5:10.
[11] Mk 13:22; Lk 14:29; Ro 13:12, 14; 1Co 10:13; 2Co 2:11; 4:4; 6:7; 10:4; 11:3, 13; Ep 4:14, 24; 6:13; Col 3:10; 1Th 5:8; 2Th 2:9; He 7:25; 1P 5:8; 2P 2:1; Jde 1:24; Rv 2:24; 12:9; 13:11; 19:20; 20:2, 7.

not only against flesh and blood, but also spiritual enemies.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

[12] Jb 2:2; Mt 16:17; Lk 13:24; 22:53; Jn 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; Ac 26:18; Ro 8:38; 1Co 9:25; 15:50; 2Co 4:4; Ga 1:16; Ep 1:3, 21; 2:2; 3:10; Col 1:13; 2:15; 2Ti 2:5; He 12:1, 4; 1P 3:22.

The complete armour of a Christian,

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

[13] Ec 12:1; Am 6:3; Mal 3:2; Lk 8:13; 21:36; 2Co 10:4; Ep 5:6, 16; 6:11; Col 4:12; Rv 3:10; 6:17.
[14] Is 11:5; 59:17; Lk 12:35; 2Co 6:7; Ep 5:9; 1Th 5:8; 1P 1:13; Rv 9:9, 17.
[15] Dt 33:25; So 7:1; Is 52:7; Hab 3:19; Lk 15:22; Ro 10:15; 2Co 5:18.
[16] Gn 15:1; Ps 56:3, 10; Pv 18:10; 2Co 1:24; 4:16; 1Th 5:19; He 6:17; 11:24; 1P 5:8; 1Jn 5:4.
[17] 1S 17:5, 58; Is 49:2; 59:17; Mt 4:4, 7, 10; 1Th 5:8; He 4:12; 12:5; 13:5; Rv 1:16; 2:16; 12:11; 19:15.

and how it ought to be used.

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

[18] Gn 32:24; 1K 8:52, 54, 59; 9:3; Es 4:8; Jb 27:10; Ps 4:1; 6:9; Is 26:16; Dn 6:10; 9:20; Ho 12:4; Zc 12:10; Mt 15:25; 26:41; Mk 13:33; 14:38; Lk 3:26, 37; 11:5; 18:1; 21:36; 22:46; Ac 1:14; 6:4; 10:2; 12:5; Ro 8:15, 26; 12:12; Ga 4:6; Ep 1:16; 2:22; 3:8, 18; 6:19; Php 1:4; 4:6; Col 1:4; 4:2; 1Th 5:17; 1Ti 2:1; 2Ti 1:3; Phm 1:5; He 5:7; 1P 4:7; Jde 1:20.
[19] Ac 2:4; 4:13, 29, 31; 9:27, 29; 13:46; 14:3; 18:26; 19:8; 28:31; Ro 15:30; 1Co 1:5; 2:7; 4:1; 2Co 1:11; 3:12; 7:4; 8:7; Ep 1:9; 3:3; Php 1:19, 20; Col 1:26; 2:2; 4:3; 1Th 2:2; 5:25; 2Th 3:1; 1Ti 3:16; Phm 1:22; He 13:18.
[20] 2S 10:2; Pv 13:17; Is 33:7; 58:1; Jr 1:7, 17; Ezk 2:4; Mt 10:27; Ac 5:29; 26:29; 28:20, 31; 2Co 5:20; Ep 3:1; 4:1; 6:19; Php 1:7, 13, 20; Col 4:4; 1Th 2:2; 2Ti 1:16; 2:9; Phm 1:10; 1Jn 3:16; Jde 1:3.

Tychicus is commended.

21 But that ye also may know my affairs, [and] how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: 22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and [that] he might comfort your hearts. 23 Peace [be] to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace [be] with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. [[[To [the] Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.]]]

[21] Ac 20:4; 1Co 4:17; Php 1:12; Col 1:7; 4:7, 9; 1Ti 4:6; 2Ti 4:12; Tit 3:12; Phm 1:16; 1P 5:12; 2P 3:15.
[22] Php 2:19, 25; Col 4:7; 1Th 3:2; 2Th 2:17.
[23] Gn 43:23; 1S 25:6; Ps 122:6; Jn 14:27; Ro 1:7; 1Co 1:3; Ga 5:6; 6:16; 2Th 1:3; 1Ti 1:3, 14; 5:8; Phm 1:5; 1P 5:14; Rv 1:4.
[24] Mt 6:13; 22:37; 28:20; Jn 21:15; 1Co 16:22, 23; 2Co 8:8, 12; 13:14; Col 4:18; 2Ti 4:22; Tit 2:7; 3:15; He 13:25.


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