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Ephesians 6 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Children and Parents
(Exo 20:12; Deu 5:16 )
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:1 - Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord,[fn] for this is the right thing to do.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:2 - “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise:
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:3 - If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:4 - Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.
Slaves and Masters
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:5 - Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:6 - Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:7 - Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:8 - Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:9 - Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites.
The Whole Armor of God
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:10 - A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:11 - Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:12 - For we[fn] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:13 - Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:14 - Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:15 - For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:16 - In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:17 - Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:18 - Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:19 - And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:20 - I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.
Final Greetings
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:21 - To bring you up to date, Tychicus will give you a full report about what I am doing and how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper in the Lord’s work.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:22 - I have sent him to you for this very purpose—to let you know how we are doing and to encourage you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:23 - Peace be with you, dear brothers and sisters,[fn] and may God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you love with faithfulness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:24 - May God’s grace be eternally upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ.
NLT Footnotes
Or Children, obey your parents who belong to the Lord; some manuscripts read simply Children, obey your parents.
Exod 20:12; Deut 5:16.
Exod 20:12; Deut 5:16.
Some manuscripts read you.
Or For shoes, put on the readiness to preach the Good News of peace with God.
Greek the evil one.
Greek all of God’s holy people.
Greek explain the mystery of the Good News; some manuscripts read simply explain the mystery.
Greek brothers.

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