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Next we see what a godly life between children, parents, servants, and masters looks like.

BibleGateway: Ephesians 6:1-9

ESV Text: Ephesians 6:1-9

Ephesians 6:1–9 (Listen)

Children and Parents

6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Bondservants and Masters

Bondservants,1 obey your earthly masters2 with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master3 and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.


[1] 6:5 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; also verse 6; likewise for bondservant in verse 8

[2] 6:5 Or your masters according to the flesh

[3] 6:9 Greek Lord


KJV Text: Ephesians 6:1-9

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     1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; 6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: 8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. 9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 630 :
Ye Parents, Hear What Jesus Taught — Organ Audio

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1. Ye parents, hear what Jesus taught
When little ones to Him were brought:
“Forbid them not, but heed My plea,
And ever let them come to Me.”

2. Obey your Lord, and let His truth
Be taught your children in their youth
That in the church they thus may dwell
and learn their Savior’s praise to tell.

3. For if you love them as you ought,
To Christ your children will be brought.
If thus you place them in His care,
You and your household well shall fare.

Hymn: LSB 863 :
Our Father, by Whose Name