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Ephesians 6:5-9

Bondservants and Masters

5Bondservants,1 obey your earthly masters2 with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant3 or is free. 9Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master4 and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

Footnotes

  • 1 6:5 Or slaves; also verse 6 (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
  • 2 6:5 Or your masters according to the flesh
  • 3 6:8 Or slave (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
  • 4 6:9 Greek Lord