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 that you may live long on the earth.” 4 And fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; instead, bring them up in the discipline and admonition of the Lord. 5 Slaves, obey the masters of your flesh with fear and trembling in the sincerity of your heart as you do to Christ, 6 not only while being watched—like people-pleasers—but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. 7 Render service with good will, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that if each person (whether slave or free) does something good, it will be repaid by the Lord. 9 And masters, do the same things to them, dispensing with threats, because you know that you have the same Lord in heavenly realms, and there is no favoritism with him.
10 Finally, become empowered in the Lord and in his mighty strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil, 12 because our battle is not against blood and flesh, but against the rulers, the authorities, and the cosmic lords of this darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able resist them on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. 14 Stand, therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on yourself the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having fitted your feet with the readiness of the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, having taken up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one, 17 so receive the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With every prayer and plea, pray at all times in the Spirit, and in it be watchful in all perseverance and entreaty for all the saints. 19 And pray for me that, when I open my mouth the word may be given to me to make known fearlessly the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, and that I may speak about it freely, as I should speak.
21 So that you also may know about my circumstances and how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will make everything known to you. 22 I am sending him to you for this very purpose: that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.