October 31, 2012, Reading

The Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians    6: 1-9

6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is just.
6:2 Honor your father and your mother. This is the first commandment with a promise:
6:3 so that it may be well with you, and so that you may have a long life upon the earth.
6:4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but educate them with the discipline and correction of the Lord.
6:5 Servants, be obedient to your lords according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the simplicity of your heart, as to Christ.
6:6 Do not serve only when seen, as if to please men, but act as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.
6:7 Serve with good will, as to the Lord, and not to men.
6:8 For you know that whatever good each one will do, the same will he receive from the Lord, whether he is servant or free.
6:9 And you, lords, act similarly toward them, setting aside threats, knowing that the Lord of both you and them is in heaven. For with him there is no favoritism toward anyone.


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