6 Children, be obedient* to YOUR parents+ in union+ with [the] Lord,* for this is righteous:+ 2 “Honor your father and [your] mother”;+ which is the first command with a promise:+ 3 “That it may go well with you and you may endure a long time on the earth.”+ 4 And YOU, fathers, do not be irritating* YOUR children,+ but go on bringing them up+ in the discipline+ and mental-regulating*+ of Jehovah.*
5 YOU slaves, be obedient to those who are [YOUR] masters in a fleshly sense,+ with fear and trembling+ in the sincerity of YOUR hearts, as to the Christ, 6 not by way of eye-service as men pleasers,+ but as Christ’s slaves, doing the will of God whole-souled.+ 7 Be slaves with good inclinations, as to Jehovah,*+ and not to men, 8 for YOU know that each one, whatever good he may do, will receive this back from Jehovah,*+ whether he be slave or freeman.+ 9 Also, YOU masters, keep doing the same things to them, letting up on the threatening,+ for YOU know that the Master* of both them and YOU+ is in the heavens, and there is no partiality+ with him.
10 Finally, go on acquiring power+ in [the] Lord and in the mightiness+ of his strength. 11 Put on the complete suit of armor+ from God that YOU may be able to stand firm against the machinations*+ of the Devil; 12 because we have a wrestling,+ not against blood and flesh, but against the governments,+ against the authorities,+ against the world rulers*+ of this darkness, against the wicked spirit+ forces in the heavenly places. 13 On this account take up the complete suit of armor* from God,+ that YOU may be able to resist in the wicked day and, after YOU have done all things thoroughly, to stand firm.+
14 Stand firm, therefore, with YOUR loins girded+ about with truth,+ and having on the breastplate of righteousness,+ 15 and with YOUR feet+ shod with the equipment* of the good news of peace.+ 16 Above all things, take up the large shield of faith,+ with which YOU will be able to quench all the wicked one’s burning missiles.+ 17 Also, accept the helmet+ of salvation, and the sword+ of the spirit,+ that is, God’s word,+ 18 while with every form of prayer+ and supplication YOU carry on prayer on every occasion in spirit.+ And to that end keep awake with all constancy and with supplication in behalf of all the holy ones, 19 also for me, that ability to speak+ may be given me with the opening of my mouth, with freeness of speech+ to make known the sacred secret of the good news,+ 20 for which I am acting as an ambassador+ in chains; that I may speak in connection with it with boldness* as I ought to speak.+
21 Now in order that YOU may also know about my affairs, as to how I am doing, Tych′i·cus,+ a beloved brother and faithful minister in [the] Lord, will make everything known to YOU.+ 22 I am sending him to YOU for this very purpose, that YOU may know of the things having to do with us and that he may comfort YOUR hearts.+
23 May the brothers have peace and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 May the undeserved kindness+ be with all those loving our Lord Jesus Christ in incorruptness.