1 Children, obey your christian parents: for this is the law. 2 the first commandment with a promise annexed, is, "honour thy father and mother, 3 that it may be well with thee, and thou mayst be long-lived on the earth." 4 and you fathers don't exasperate your children: but instruct them in the discipline and institution of the Lord.
5 Servants, be obedient to your legal masters, with awful reverence and sincerity of heart, as unto Christ: 6 not doing your work meerly out of regard to their presence or their pleasure, but as the servants of Christ, in hearty obedience to the will of God: 7 serve them with affection, as if it was to the Lord, 8 and not to men: considering that whatever good any man doth, he shall be rewarded for it by the Lord, whether he be a slave or free. 9 and you masters have a just regard to them, by softning your authority: knowing that both their and your master is in heaven, where there is no respect of persons with him.
10 Finally, my brethren, place your strength in the transcendent power of the Lord. 11 put on the set of divine armour, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 for our conflict is not barely with men, but with principalities, with potentates, with the princes of darkness, with wicked aereal spirits. 13 wherefore invest yourselves with the set of divine armour, that ye may be able to withstand in the difficult day, and having overcome all to maintain your ground. 14 stand firm, the belt of truth round your waist, let justice invest you like mail: 15 wing your feet with the gospel of peace: 16 cover all with the shield of faith, to repel all the fiery darts of the adversary: 17 let salvation be your helmet, and the divine doctrine your spiritual sword.
18 Pour out your souls unto God upon all occasions, watching in prayer with all perseverance and supplication for all christians: 19 in particular for me, that I may have leave to speak without any restraint, and make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an embassador, tho' in chains: that I may duely represent it to the full.
21 As to the state of my affairs, and health, Tychicus our dear brother, and faithful minister in the Lord, will very particularly acquaint you with them. 22 I have sent him to you on purpose to acquaint you with our concerns, and to comfort your hearts.