1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right. 2 Honor your father and your mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, 3 that it may be well with you, and you shall live long in the land. 4 And, fathers, provoke not your children, but bring them up in the instruction and admonition of the Lord.
5 Servants, be subject to masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your hearts as to Christ, 6 not with eye service as pleasing men, but as servants of Christ doing the will of God from the heart, 7 performing service kindly as to the Lord and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good each one does, for this he shall receive from the Lord, whether a servant or a freeman. 9 And, masters, do the same things to them, forbearing threatening, knowing also that their master and yours is in heaven, and there is no respect of persons with him.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil; 12 for our conflict is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the potentates of the darkness of this world, against the spiritual [hosts] of evil in the heavenly [worlds]. 13 Take therefore the whole armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done all to stand. 14 Stand, therefore, girded about your loins with truth, and having put on the cuirass of righteousness, 15 and bound your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 over all, taking the shield of the faith, with which you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of evil. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
18 praying with all prayer and supplication on every occasion with the spirit, and watching in the same with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints, 19 and for me, that a word may be given me at the opening of my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 in behalf of which I perform an embassy in bonds, that I may speak boldly in them, as I ought to speak.
21 But that you may also know the things concerning me, how I do, Tichycus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will inform you of all things; 22 whom I have sent to you for this purpose, that you may know the things concerning us and that he may comfort your hearts.