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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. 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: 22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts. 23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

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1 Daniel M = "The beauty of this passage, 9 verses from Paul, simply laying out most of how we should treat each other, how we should our responsibilities to each other, how then we should live.Start with children and their parents, change views to fathers and their children.Move to servants -- when slavery was still a key part of societies, urging them to obedience in a way that seems almost foreign in today's permissive cultures. Then the reverse: how shall masters treat their servants, their slaves, in consideration of God's rules for respect."
2 Stephanie C = "Obey my commandments.The creator is saying to obey all his commandments. And to follow his ways."
3 Montreece H = "This is pretty plain language.The command is simple: Fathers, don't make your children so angry they plot wrath against you and raise them in the love and counsel of God. And yet, so many times, both in the bible itself, and in real life that we are living right now, we see very few fathers who obey this and are prime examples of Ephesians 6:4.  Most people may be able to recall 1 father figure or male role model that could have been a close example of this. However, because men are the head of the family they are given the command to essentially be a Christ-like example for their wives and families (Ephesians 5). With such a charge, it is no wonder Satan attacks men so heavily, challenging their emotions, their ability to love, their wisdom and faith in God, their respect for their children - all these things are challenges against the call of Ephesians 6:4.This is all the more reasons why wives and children must stay prayerful for the fathers/husbands the heads of families. This is no light-weight task. And everyone in the family has a responsibility to help make it fulfilled."
4 Deena E = "God shows no partiality nor does He choose favorites."
5 Daniel M = "Here, the powerful middle, describing how to fight the good fight, being strong in our relationship with the Lord, and acknowledging the power of Satan in this his world -- for now.This always brings to mind the childhood pictures of the knights in shining armor, with glistening shields and shiny swords ready to do battle as a physical representation of the spiritual metaphor being made here. The elements: truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, the Word itself, and finally, the lifeline of prayer.Of all the pictures laid out by Paul and others, this may be the most direct, most straightforward: here are you relationship rules, here are your spiritual rules for  battle, and the closing, describing this teacher's plight, his desire for the success of his extended flock, and the last words about his attitude, his appreciation for those that help, for God, for his Lord."
6 Deena E = "Ephesus was a large province under Roman rule and authority.It is likely that the Ephesians and Paul,  the apostle and believed author of this letter, we're very familiar with the armor of Roman soldiers. PBS-ABOUT EPHESUS"
7 Deena E = "Verse 12--we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places. Paul describes an unseen battle. Much like envy, fear and hatred are unseen; there are believed to be unseen forces working behind them."
8 Deena E = "Verse 13--the Unseen God, also has a full [unseen] armor for those who believe in Him. And once believers place on their armor, it empowers them not to fight a gory battle, but to STAND.  "
9 Deena E = "Example of Roman Soldier's Armor"
10 Deena E = "Verse 14 -"gird your loins with truth" or put on the belt of truth.The belt has the function of holding everything together; a Roman soldier's belt also had dangling straps to further protect the groin area and lower body. It was also purposed to hold the sheath for the sword.The belt symbolically representing truth, could be referring to the believer needing it to be protected from the temptations of lust (lust of the flesh--sexual, lust of the eye--materialism) in society. Ephesus was renown for wealth and trade. I imagine it being much like any modern metropolis (Los Angeles). One would need to be grounded in their core beliefs in order to not be swayed or fall into doing anything to make it or "get in." "
11 Deena E = "The breastplate of righteousness:The breastplate covers the entire upper body where all of one's vital organs are. The most central organ needing protection is the heart. Jesus said what proceeds out of the mouth comes from the heart (Matthew 15:18) abd the words are what defiles a man. Jeremiah describes the heart as being deceitfully wicked (Jeremiah 17:9).The word righteousness, again refers to right-standing. The breastplate of righteousness then symbolizes a heart that is in right-standing with God."
12 Deena E = ""feet shod with the preparation of the gospel (or good news) of peace"This is an incredible piece of the armor of God. The word peace according to Strong's Lexicon is translated verbatim as follows: "a state of national tranquility; exemption from the rage and havoc of war; peace between individuals, i.e. harmony, concord; security, safety, prosperity, felicity, (because peace and harmony make and keep things safe and prosperous); of the Messiah's peace; the way that leads to peace (salvation); of Christianity, the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is; the blessed state of devout and upright men after death."To wear this peace as sandals or shoes on one's feet as readiness or preparation symbolizes a way to walk in continuously and always being prepared to bring this peace everywhere the soles of one's feet touch. "
13 Deena E = "The shield of faith...As illustrated in the picture of the Roman soldier's armor, the shield was an object large enough that when it was stood upright, the soldier could completely be sheltered behind it. The other pieces in the full armor of God (truth, righteousness, peace, salvation and the word of God) are only as powerful as one's faith working in them. "The fiery darts of the wicked (or evil or of the devil)," is a term that has been cross referenced with the phrase in The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:13) "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Paul was expressing that there is an adversary at work seeking to make the people of God stumble by way of falling into temptation. One's faith (steadfast belief), when stood in an  upright position and placed before all, then acts as a shield that completely protects the full-armored (even the other pieces of armor) soldier from adversity."
14 Deena E = "The helmet of salvation--The helmet is a head covering, and the head has always been recognized as a symbol for authority. As illustrated, the helmet completely covers the skull which houses the brain. We know now that the brain is where the central nervous system is headquartered which provides the source for all of one's thoughts, words and movements. And salvation literally means hope. To have one's head covered with salvation symbolically represents that the mind, the thought processes, the source of all of one's movements, words and deeds, and the authority of one's being is completely embellished and guarded in hope."
15 Deena E = "The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of GodAll the pieces of armor are defensive, except for the sword. The sword is the only offensive piece of armor. Hebrews 4:12 calls the word of God sharper than any two-edged sword and Revelation 12:11 describes the saints triumphing and overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. Personally, taking up the word of God in life has completely turned around my outlook in many instances. For example: One day I was so anxious and worried about how I would get through the day at work and pass my finals with very little study time and still needing to tend to my son. I then began to feel plagued with the fear of failing and it felt like this cloud of heaviness filled me inside out and it immobilized me from moving forward. Then I came across and read this scripture aloud where Jesus is quoted saying, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." As I slowly read it aloud I felt free to cry and all of sudden I was overwhelmed by an immense peace which empowered me to keep going in an unexplainable flow.Every word that proceeds out of our mouths have power and in my personal experience this sword of the Spirit has been powerful enough to slay the enemies at work externally and even within me."
16 Cary W = "This is the full explanation of what it means to be clothed in Christ, putting off the flesh or knowledge of man.  We are encouraged to use our faith, and see His rightousness in our heart, salvation in our thoughts, peace in our feet, truth in our inner being, using faith as our protection and His words as our weapon.All this so that we Know His kind fellowship of Spirit, and walk with Him and have fellowship in our hearts with all the saints."
17 Randy O = "Above all...of all the armour of God Paul says that faith is the most important.  Faith is our shield, our defense against all that the attacks of the devil. Satan's attacks serve to create fear, doubt, unbelief, rebellion and the like within us.  But steadfast faith in our faithful savior, who sets high above all principalities, powers and rulers of the darkness of this world, and high above all spiritual wickedness in high places, will overcome and defeat anything and everything in the enemy's arsenal."
18 Daniel M = "So, here at the end of this great epistle to his new church at Ephesus, Paul summarizes many great exhortations with some simple observations for himself: to speak boldly, to uncover the mysteries of the gospel, to take the opportunity as a prisoner to speak boldly -- not much to lose... :)And then the close, mentioning both his needs and his appreciation to Tychicus and to God the Father and his Lord Jesus Christ."
19 Cary W = "Where does our peace, love and faith come from?  From God Himself, through faith in His Son, Jesus.  May we stir up our love of Christ then, that peace, love and sound faith may continually expand in our awareness and flow to the suffering world about us."