La Bibbia della Gioia

Efesini 6

1Figli, ubbidite ai vostri genitori, perché è stato Dio stesso che ha stabilito la loro autorità su di voi, e questa è senzʼaltro una regola giusta. «Onora tuo padre e tua madre», questo è il primo dei dieci comandamenti di Dio accompagnato da una promessa. E questa è la promessa se onorate vostro padre e vostra madre, «avrete una vita lunga e ricca di benedizioni sulla terra».

Ed ora un suggerimento per voi genitori. Non esasperate i vostri figli, allevateli piuttosto con amore e disciplina, con suggerimenti e consigli che vengono dal Signore.

Servi, ubbidite ai vostri padroni, cercando di fare del vostro meglio, con premura e rispetto, come se serviste Cristo stesso. 6-7 Non lavorate sodo soltanto quando il padrone vi guarda per poi battere la fiacca quando è lontano. Lavorate con impegno e serenamente tutto il giorno, come se lavoraste per Cristo, e non per gli uomini, facendo la volontà di Dio con tutto il vostro cuore. Ricordatevi, schiavi o liberi che siate, il Signore vi ripagherà per ogni buona azione che fate.

E voi, padroni, fate altrettanto verso i vostri schiavi. Non maltrattateli e ricordatevi che voi stessi siete schiavi di Cristo, e in cielo avete lo stesso padrone che hanno loro, un padrone che non fa differenze personali.

La vostra forza viene soltanto da Dio

10 Per ultima cosa voglio ricordarvi che dovete prendere forza dal Signore, dalla sua potenza straordinaria. 11 Indossate tutta lʼarmatura di Dio per poter resistere a tutte le manovre e ai tranelli del diavolo. 12 Infatti, noi non combattiamo contro persone in carne e ossa, ma contro spiriti senza corpo, contro potenti esseri diabolici, prìncipi malvagi delle tenebre, che dominano questo mondo; e contro gli spiriti maligni che sono nel mondo invisibile dello spirito.

13 Perciò, servitevi di ogni parte dellʼarmatura di Dio per poter far fronte al nemico nel giorno della lotta, e per poter restare in piedi, dopo aver compiuto tutto il vostro dovere.

14 Ma per far questo avete bisogno della forte cintura della verità, della corazza della giustizia di Dio 15 e dei sandali che vi rendono veloci a predicare il Vangelo della pace di Dio. 16 In tutte le battaglie servitevi dello scudo della fede, con cui potete spegnere le frecce infuocate di Satana. 17 Prendete anche lʼelmo della salvezza e la spada dello Spirito Santo, che è la parola di Dio. 18 Pregate sempre: chiedete a Dio il suo aiuto in ogni occasione e in tutti i modi, lasciandovi guidare dallo Spirito Santo. Supplicatelo, ricordandogli le vostre necessità, e continuate a pregare con convinzione per tutti i cristiani.

19 Pregate anche per me e chiedete a Dio di darmi le parole giuste per far conoscere la verità del suo messaggio. 20 Ora sono ambasciatore in catene per aver predicato questo messaggio da Dio, ma pregate che possa continuare a parlare coraggiosamente di lui anche qui in prigione, come è mio dovere.

21 Tìchico, il nostro caro fratello e collaboratore fedele nel lavoro del Signore, vi dirà tutto. 22 Ve lʼho mandato apposta, perché sappiate come stiamo e vi sia dʼincoraggiamento.

23 Cari fratelli cristiani, che Dio Padre e il nostro Signore Gesù Cristo vi diano pace, amore e fede.

24 La grazia sia con tutti quelli che amano sinceramente il nostro Signore Gesù Cristo.

Paolo.

Amplified Bible

Ephesians 6

Family Relationships

1Children, obey your parents in the Lord [that is, accept their guidance and discipline as His representatives], for this is right [for obedience teaches wisdom and self-discipline]. Honor [esteem, value as precious] your father and your mother [and be respectful to them]—this is the first commandment with a promise— so that it may be well with you, and that you may have a long life on the earth.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to the point of resentment with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by showing favoritism or indifference to any of them], but bring them up [tenderly, with lovingkindness] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

[a]Slaves, be obedient to those who are your earthly masters, with respect for authority, and with a sincere heart [seeking to please them], as [service] to Christ— not in the way of eye-service [working only when someone is watching you and only] to please men, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart; rendering service with goodwill, as to the Lord, and not [only] to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, he will receive this back from the Lord, whether [he is] slave or free.

You masters, do the same [showing goodwill] toward them, and give up threatening and abusive words, knowing that [He who is] both their true Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with Him [regardless of one’s earthly status].

The Armor of God

10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. 13 Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. 14 So stand firm and hold your ground, having [b]tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), 15 and having [c]strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. 16 Above all, lift up the [protective] [d]shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

18 With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all [e]God’s people. 19 And pray for me, that words may be given to me when I open my mouth, to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news [of salvation], 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. And pray that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly and courageously, as I should.

21 Now, so that you may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will tell you everything. 22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know how we are, and that he may comfort and encourage and strengthen your hearts.

23 Peace be to the [f]brothers and sisters, and love joined with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with undying and incorruptible love.

Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 6:5 Slavery was common in New Testament times (as well as in ancient Israel). One might become a slave through conquest, the commission of a crime, or destitution. Slaves were required to do their masters’ bidding and work without compensation (cf Luke 17:7-10). Elsewhere Paul advises slaves not to dwell on their circumstances, and to earn their freedom if they can (1 Cor 7:21). The admonitions here accurately reflect the slave/master relationship in the Roman Empire; since they were not compensated, slaves sometimes did only what they had to do to avoid punishment, and masters could be cruel disciplinarians.
  2. Ephesians 6:14 Lit girded your loins, a phrase often found in the Bible, is an urgent call to get ready for immediate action or a coming event. The phrase is related to the type of clothing worn in ancient times. Before any vigorous activity the loose ends of clothing (tunics, cloaks, mantles, etc.) had to be gathered up and tucked into the wide band worn around the midsection of the body. The band (usually about six inches wide) also served as a kind of pocket or pouch to carry personal items such as a dagger, money or other necessary things. Gird up your mind or gird up your heart are examples of variants of this phrase and call for mental or spiritual preparation for a coming challenge.
  3. Ephesians 6:15 A reference to the Roman soldiers’ shoes which were studded with hobnails to give them stability on the battlefield.
  4. Ephesians 6:16 Here the Greek word refers to the large Roman soldiers’ shield designed to protect the entire body. It had an iron frame and was covered in several layers of leather. When soaked in water before a battle the shield could put out the fiery missiles thrown at them by the enemy.
  5. Ephesians 6:18 Lit the saints.
  6. Ephesians 6:23 Lit brethren.