1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honor your father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise); (from Ex. 20:12)
3 In order that it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.
4 And, the fathers, provoke not your children to wrath (see Rom. 10:19): but nurture them with discipline and admonition (1 Cor. 10:11. Tit. 3:10) 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 to Christ;
6 Not according to eye-service, as men-pleasers; but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the soul;
7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing each one does, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
9 The masters also, do the same things to them, refraining from threatening: knowing that both their Master and yours also is in heavens; and there is not respect of persons with Him.
P S 10. Exhortation: be strong in the Lord. T U1 11-. The armor, or panoply, of God. V -11,12. The purpose: that you may be able to stand. U2 13-. The armor, or panoply, of God. V -13. The purpose: that you may be able to withstand. U3 14-17. The armor: defined and explained. S 18-20. Exhortation to prayer for all the saints and himself.
10 From henceforth, my brethren, be empowered in the Lord, and in the power of His might. (Millions of people listen to the Word. There is a spiritual war going on. This Scripture tells us how to prepare for that fight. Never, ever, fight against Satan without calling on the power of God.)
11 Put on the whole armor (= panoply) of God,
that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Satan will eat your lunch, unless you have the gospel armor on, and the Holy Spirit.)
12 For to us the wrestling is not against flesh and blood (i.e. human beings, contrasted with the wicked spirits mentioned below), but against principalities, against powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness (the present order of things) of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies. (these are the wicked spirits of the evil one, see 1 John 2:13. Again, this is a spiritual war. The enemy is Satan. Does that frighten you? It shouldn't, if you utilize the power Jesus gave you over all you enemies [Luke 10:17-19]. God is telling us how to prepare.)
13 On account of this take up the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to withstand in the evil day (perpetually, because the days are evil. Cp. Gal. 1:4), and having done all, to stand [fast]. (You aren't going to fly away. You are going to make a stand for the true Jesus Christ.)
14 Stand therefore (here we have the panoplia of God. These are 7; 3 for enduement, - girdle, breastplate, shoes; 2 are weapons of defense, shield and helmet; 2 for offense, - sword and spear), having girded your loins about with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness; (Cp. Messiah's panoply, Isa. 11:5; 59:17.)
15 And your feet having shod with the preparation of the gospel of the peace; (Your girt is your belt. Truth will hold your britches up. You earn your breastplate of righteousness by doing what is right. Be ready to march for the gospel of peace.)
16 Above all, taking the shield of the faith (the shield is Christ Himself), wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (Anything thrown. Satanic temptations. Most important of all, make sure you have the shield of faith. You can quench Satan's fire, when the Holy Spirit speaks through you.)
17 And receive the helmet of salvation (we receive, we do not take salvation), and the sword of the Spirit, which is the utterance of God: (The written word. See Mark 9:32, and cp. Isa. 8:20. Matt. 4:4,6,7. Put on the gospel armor so you can quench the fiery darts of Satan. Never, ever, quench the Holy Spirit.)
18 Praying on every occasion with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching unto this with all perseverance and supplication concerning all the saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth with boldness, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in a chain: that in it (i.e. the mystery) I may speak freely, as I ought to speak.
21 But that you also may know the things concerning me, and how I fare, Tychicus (see Acts 20:4. Col. 4:7. 2 Tim. 4:12 Tit. 3;12. Named in association with Trophimus [Acts 20:4], he also was probably an Ephesian. Cp. Acts 21:29), the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make known to you all things:
22 Whom I sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know the things concerning us, and that he might comfort your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Christ Jesus.
24 The grace be with all them that love our Lord Christ Jesus in sincerity (lit. uncorruptness).