1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2‘Honour your father and mother’ – which is the first commandment with a promise – 3‘so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’6:3 Deut. 5:16
4Fathers,6:4 Or Parents do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
5Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6Obey them not only to win their favour when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.
9And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favouritism with him.
The armour of God
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
21Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. 22I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.
23Peace to the brothers and sisters,6:23 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family. and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.6:24 Or Grace and immortality to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mma Ne Awofo
1Mma, muntie mo awofo asɛm wɔ Awurade mu efisɛ saa na eye. 2“Di wʼagya ne wo na ni,” eyi ne mmaransɛm a edi kan a bɔhyɛ ka ho, 3“na asi wo yiye na wo nna nso aware wɔ asase yi so.”
4Agyanom, monnhyɛ mo mma abufuw. Na mmom montetew wɔn wɔ Awurade nkyerɛkyerɛ mu.
Nkoa Ne Awuranom
5Nkoa, momfa obu ne osuro mfi koma pa mu nyɛ osetie mma mo honam fam wuranom, sɛnea mobɛyɛ osetie ama Kristo no ara. 6Monyɛ osetie mma wɔn, ɛnyɛ sɛ mobɛsɔ wɔn ani wɔ bere a wɔrehwɛ mo nko ara, na mmom monyɛ sɛ Kristo nkoa a mufi mo koma mu reyɛ Onyankopɔn apɛde. 7Momfa mo koma nyinaa nsom sɛnea moresom Awurade a ɛnyɛ nnipa, 8efisɛ munim sɛ adwuma pa biara a obi yɛ no, sɛ ɔyɛ ɔsomfo anaa ɔde ne ho no, Awurade betua no so ka.
9Awuranom, saa ara na mo nso monyɛ mo asomfo. Munnyae wɔn ahunahuna efisɛ mo ne mo asomfo nyinaa wɔ owura baako a ɔwɔ ɔsoro; na ɔno de, ɔnhwɛ anim.
10Nea etwa to ne sɛ, monyɛ den wɔ ne tumi kɛse no mu. 11Monhyɛ Onyankopɔn akode nyinaa na moatumi agyina ɔbonsam nhyehyɛe ano. 12Efisɛ ɛnyɛ yɛne mogya ne ɔhonam na anya, na mmom yɛne mpanyinni ne tumidi ne wiase yi sum mu atumfo ne ahonhommɔne a ɛwɔ soro hɔ na anya. 13Eyi nti, monhyɛ Onyankopɔn akode nyinaa, na sɛ da bɔne no ba a moatumi agyina, na muwie biribiara a moagyina pintinn. 14Enti munnyina pintinn na momfa nokware mmɔ mo asen, na monhyɛ trenee nkatabo, 15na momfa Asɛmpa no asomdwoe no nhyehyɛ mo anan. 16Eyinom nyinaa akyi no, momfa gyidi kyɛm, nea mode bedum ɔbɔnefo bɛma a ɛredɛw no. 17Momfa nkwagye dade kyɛw ne Honhom no afoa a ɛyɛ Onyankopɔn asɛm no.
18Mommɔ mpae mmere nyinaa mu wɔ Honhom mu, mpaebɔ ahorow ne nkotosrɛ mu. Eyi nti monna mo ho so, na mommɔ mpae mma ahotefo. 19Mommɔ mpae mma me nso na sɛ mibue mʼano a, wɔama me asɛm aka, na matumi akasa akokoduru so ada Asɛmpa no mu ahintasɛm adi. 20Mprempren meyɛ ho nanmusini a meda mpokyerɛ mu. Ɛno nti, mommɔ mpae mma me na matumi de akokoduru apae mu aka no sɛnea ɛsɛ sɛ meka no.
21Yɛn nua dɔfo Tihiko a ɔyɛ Awurade adwumayɛ mu somfo nokwafo no bɛka biribiara akyerɛ mo sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mubehu sɛnea me ho te ne dwuma a meredi. 22Eyi nti na meresoma no mo nkyɛn, ama moahu sɛnea yɛn ho te, na wahyɛ mo nkuran nso.
23Asomdwoe nka anuanom nyinaa, na Agya Nyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo mma mo nokware dɔ.
24Onyankopɔn adom nka wɔn a wɔdɔ yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo daa nyinaa no.