1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord [that is, accept their guidance and discipline as His representatives], for this is right [for obedience teaches wisdom and self-discipline].
2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
2 "Honor your father and mother"" (This is a very important commandment with a promise.)
2 Honor [esteem, value as precious] your father and your mother [and be respectful to them]—this 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.
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
3 ""so that it may go well for you, and that you may have a long life 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.
4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up by training and instructing them about the Lord.
4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to the point of resentment with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by showing favoritism or indifference to any of them], but bring them up [tenderly, with lovingkindness] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
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;
5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear, trembling, and sincerity, as when you obey the Messiah.
6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
6 Do not do this only while you're being watched in order to please them, but be like slaves of the Messiah, who are determined to obey God's will.
6 not in the way of eye-service [working only when someone is watching you and only] to please men, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart;
7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
7 Serve willingly, as if you were serving the Lord and not merely people,
7 rendering service with goodwill, as to the Lord, and not [only] 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.
8 knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord.
8 because you know that everyone will receive a reward from the Lord for whatever good he has done, whether he is a slave or free.
8 knowing that whatever good thing each one does, he will receive this back from the Lord, whether [he is] slave 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.
9 Masters, treat your slaves the same way. Do not threaten them, for you know that both of you have the same Master in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.
9 You masters, do the same [showing goodwill] toward them, and give up threatening and abusive words, knowing that [He who is] both their true Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with Him [regardless of one’s earthly status].
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, relying on his mighty strength.
10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
11 Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the Devil's strategies.
11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
12 For our (W)struggle is not against (e)(X)flesh and blood, but (Y)against the rulers, against the powers, against the (Z)world forces of this (AA)darkness, against the (AB)spiritual forces of wickedness in (AC)the heavenly places.
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 For our battle is not against flesh(P) and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,(Q) against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil(R) in the heavens.(S)
12 For our struggle is not against human opponents, but against rulers, authorities, cosmic powers in the darkness around us, and evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realm.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.
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.
13 For this reason, take up the whole armor of God so that you may be able to take a stand whenever evil comes. And when you have done everything you could, you will be able to stand firm.
13 Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious].
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
14 Stand firm, therefore, having fastened the belt of truth around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
15 and being firm-footed in 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.
16 In addition to having clothed yourselves with these things, having taken up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one,
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
17 also take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times with every kind of prayer and request. Likewise, be alert with your most diligent efforts and pray for all the 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,
19 Pray also for me, so that, when I begin to speak, the right words will come to me. Then I will boldly make known the secret of the gospel,
19 And pray for me, that words may be given to me when I open my mouth, to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news [of salvation],
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
20 for whose sake I am an ambassador in chains, desiring to declare the gospel as boldly as I should.
20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. And pray that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly and courageously, as I should.
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:
21 So that you may know what has happened to me and how I am doing, Tychicus, our dear brother and a faithful minister in service to the Lord, will tell you everything.
21 Now, so that you may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will tell you everything.
22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
22 I am sending him to you for this very reason, so that you may know how we are doing and that he may encourage your hearts.
22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know how we are, and that he may comfort and encourage and strengthen your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
23 May peace and love, with faith, be with the brothers, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus, the Messiah!
24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
24 May grace be with all who sincerely love the Lord Jesus, the Messiah!
24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with undying and incorruptible love.
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