THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
2. Between Children and Parents
1 1aChildren, obey your parents 2bin the Lord, for this is 3right.
2 1a"Honor your father and mother,'' which is the 2first commandment with a promise,
3 a"That it may be 1well with you and that you may 1live long on the earth.''
4 And fathers, do not 1provoke your children to anger, but anurture them in the discipline and 2admonition of the Lord.
3. Between Slaves and Masters
5 1aSlaves, 2be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh with 3bfear and trembling, in 4csingleness of your heart, 5das to Christ;
6 Not with eye-service as amen-pleasers but 1as bslaves of Christ, doing the cwill of God from the dsoul;
7 With good will aserving as slaves, 1bas serving the Lord and not men;
8 Knowing that whatever good thing each one does, 1this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a aslave or a free man.
9 And masters, do the same things toward them, 1agiving up your threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in the heavens, and there is bno respect of persons with Him.
D. The Warfare Required for Dealing
with the Spiritual Enemy
10 1Finally, 2be 3aempowered 4bin the Lord and in the cmight of His strength.
11 1aPut on the 2whole barmor of God that you may be able to 3cstand against the 4dstratagems of the edevil,
12 For our wrestling is not against 1ablood and flesh but against 2the brulers, against the authorities, against the cworld-rulers of 3this ddarkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the 4eheavenlies.
13 Therefore 1take up the whole aarmor of God that you may be able to 2bwithstand in the 3cevil day, and having done all, to 4dstand.
14 Stand therefore, 1having 2agirded your loins with 3btruth and having 4put on the cbreastplate of drighteousness
15 And having 1shod your afeet with the 2firm foundation of the bgospel of cpeace;
16 Besides all these, having 1taken up the ashield of 2faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming 3darts of the bevil one.
17 And receive the 1ahelmet of salvation and the 2bsword of the Spirit, 3which Spirit is the 4cword of God,
18 1By means of all 2aprayer and petition, praying at bevery time in 3cspirit and 4dwatching unto this in 5all perseverance and 6petition concerning all the saints,
19 And afor me, that 1utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known in bboldness the 2cmystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an 1aambassador in a 2bchain, that in it I would speak cboldly, as I dought to speak.
21 But athat you also may know the things concerning me, how I am doing, bTychicus, the beloved brother and faithful 1minister cin the Lord, will 2make all things known to you.
22 Him I have sent to you for this very thing, that you may know the things concerning us and that he may acomfort your hearts.
23 1aPeace to the brothers and 2blove with faith 3from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 1aGrace be with all those who 2blove our Lord Jesus Christ in 3cincorruptibility.