6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

6:2 "Honor your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise),
6:2 "Honor your father and mother"--this is the first commandment with a promise:

6:3 "that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth."
6:3 "so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth."

6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
6:4 And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

6:5 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your earthly masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as to Christ;
6:5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ;

6:6 not in the way of eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
6:6 not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.

6:7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to men,
6:7 Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women,

6:8 knowing that whatever good any one does, he will receive the same again from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
6:8 knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord, whether we are slaves or free.

6:9 Masters, do the same to them, and forbear threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.
6:9 And, masters, do the same to them. Stop threatening them, for you know that both of you have the same Master in heaven, and with him there is no partiality.

6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.

6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

6:12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
6:12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

6:13 Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
6:14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.

6:15 and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace;
6:15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.

6:16 besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.
6:16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
6:17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

6:18 Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
6:18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.

6:19 and also for me, that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,
6:19 Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,

6:20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
6:20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

6:21 Now that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tych'icus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything.
6:21 So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus will tell you everything. He is a dear brother and a faithful minister in the Lord.

6:22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.
6:22 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, to let you know how we are, and to encourage your hearts.

6:23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
6:23 Peace be to the whole community, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

6:24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love undying.
6:24 Grace be with all who have an undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.