Children and Parents
1Children, obey #Pr 1:8|NoBook| 6:20|NoBook| 23:22Col 3:20 your parents as you would the Lord, # Lit parents in the Lord because this is right. 2Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment # Or is a preeminent commandment with a promise, 3so that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life in the land. # Or life on the earth #Ex 20:12 # Ex 20:12 4Fathers, don’t stir up anger #Rm 10:19 in your children, but bring them up in the training #Heb 12:5 and instruction of the Lord.
Slaves and Masters
5Slaves, obey your human # Lit according to the flesh masters #Col 3:221Pt 2:18 with fear and trembling, #Php 2:12 in the sincerity #2Co 9:11 of your heart, as to Christ. 6Don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but as slaves of Christ, do God’s will #Ps 143:10Pr 16:9Gl 1:4Eph 1:9 from your heart. # Lit from soul 7Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men, #Col 3:23 8knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord. 9And masters, treat your slaves the same way, without threatening #Ac 4:29|NoBook| 9:1 them, because you know that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism #Col 3:25 with Him. #Col 4:1
Christian Warfare
10Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. #Ac 4:33 11Put on #Pr 31:25 the full armor #Eph 6:11-17 of God so that you can stand against the tactics # Or schemes, or tricks of the Devil. 12For our battle is not against flesh #Php 3:3 and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, #1Pt 3:22 against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil #Mt 6:13Jn 17:15 in the heavens. #Eph 1:3|NoBook| 2:6|NoBook| 3:10Php 2:10 13This is why you must take up the full armor #1Th 5:8 of God, so that you may be able to resist #2Tm 4:151Pt 5:9 in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. 14Stand, #Pr 24:16Php 1:27 therefore,
with truth #Jn 14:61Jn 5:20 like a belt around your waist,
righteousness #Mt 6:33Rm 1:172Pt 1:1 like armor on your chest, #1Th 5:8
15and your feet sandaled with readiness
for the gospel of peace. # Ready to go tell others about the gospel
16In every situation take the shield #Gn 15:1 of faith, #Mt 8:10Ac 3:16Rm 1:81Co 2:5Gl 2:161Tm 1:2Heb 4:2
and with it you will be able to extinguish
all the flaming arrows of the evil one. #2Th 3:3
17Take the helmet #1Th 5:8 of salvation,
and the sword #Mk 14:47 of the Spirit, #Ps 51:11Jn 1:33Ac 2:4Rm 8:9Gl 5:25Ti 3:5Rv 3:22
which is God’s word.
18Pray #Mt 5:44Ac 12:12 at all times in the Spirit #Jd 20 with every prayer and request, and stay alert #Pr 6:4 in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. 19Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness #2Co 3:12 the mystery of the gospel. 20For this I am an ambassador #2Co 5:20 in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.
Paul’s Farewell
21Tychicus, #Ti 3:12 our dearly loved brother and faithful servant # Or deacon in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me so that you may be informed. 22I am sending him to you for this very reason, to let you know how we are and to encourage #Lk 16:25 your hearts. #Col 4:8
23Peace to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father #Mt 5:16|NoBook| 11:27Lk 11:13Jn 8:42 and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24Grace be with all who have undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ. # Other mss add Amen. # Lit all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in incorruption
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