1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise, 3 that it may be well with you, and you may live long upon the earth. 4 And fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
5 Ye servants, obey those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in purity 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 soul; 7 serving with good will as the Lord, and not men: 8 knowing that if each one may do good, he will receive this with the Lord, whether bond or free. 9 And, ye masters, do the same things to them, forbearing threatening: knowing that their Master and yours is in the heavens, and that there is no respect of persons with him.
10 Finally, be filled up with dynamite in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the panoply of God, that you may be able to stand against the methods of the devil, 12 because there is not to us fighting against blood and flesh, but against the governments, against the authorities, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the heavenlies. 13 Therefore take the panoply of God, that you may be able to stand in the evil day, and having done all things, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, being girded about as to your loins with truth, and being invested with the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and being shod as to your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in all things taking the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And receive the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 praying with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit in every place, and watching unto this same thing in all perseverance and prayer for all the saints, 19 and for me that the word may be given unto me in opening of my mouth, boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chain; in order that in it I may preach boldly, as it behooves me to speak.
21 But in order that you may also know the things concerning me, how I am doing, Tychicus, my beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make known to you: 22 whom I sent to you unto this same thing, in order that you may know the affairs concerning us, and he may comfort your hearts.