1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 that it may be well with thee, and thou may live long on the earth. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in the discipline and admonition of the Lord.
5 Slaves, be obedient to those that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in simplicity of your heart as unto the Christ, 6 not to be seen as only pleasing men, but as the slaves of the Christ, doing the will of God from within, 7 with good will doing service as to the Lord and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good thing anyone does, the same shall they receive of the Lord, whether they are slaves or free. 9 And, ye masters, do the same unto them, forbearing threats, knowing that their Master and yours is also in the heavens and that he is no respecter of persons.
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 firm against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the lords of this age, rulers of this darkness, against spiritual wickedness in the heavens. 13 Therefore, take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day and stand fast, all the work having been finished. 14 Stand firm, 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, with which 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;
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching in this with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints 19 and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth with confidence, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that in this I may speak boldly as I ought to speak.
21 But that ye also may know my affairs and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful servant 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.