Ephesians 6:5

“Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Seruants, bee obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with feare and trembling, in singlenesse of your heart, as vnto Christ:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Servants, be obedient unto them that according to the flesh are your masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Servants, do what is ordered by those who are your natural masters, having respect and fear for them, with all your heart, as to Christ;
- Basic English Bible

Bondmen, obey masters according to flesh, with fear and trembling, in simplicity of your heart as to the Christ;
- Darby Bible

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;
- Webster's Bible

Slaves, be obedient to your earthly masters, with respect and eager anxiety to please and with simplicity of motive as if you were obeying Christ.
- Weymouth Bible

Servants, be obedient to those who according to the flesh are your masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as to Christ;
- World English Bible

Seruauntis, obeische ye to fleischli lordis with drede and trembling, in simplenesse of youre herte, as to Crist;
- Wycliffe Bible

The servants! obey the masters according to the flesh with fear and trembling, in the simplicity of your heart, as to the Christ;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 6:5


6:5 Your masters according to the flesh - According to the present state of things: afterward the servant is free from his master. With fear and trembling - A proverbial expression, implying the utmost care and diligence. In singleness of heart - With a single eye to the providence and will of God.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 6:5


Eph 6:5 Servants. The term does not refer so much to hired servants, as slaves, of whom there were many millions in the Roman Empire at that time. These were of all races, prisoners taken in war, or their children. Christianity did not violently destroy this relation, but regulated, mitigated and undermined it by introducing a new element into human life which would destroy it. Masters according to the flesh. Earthly masters whose dominion will go no farther than this world. With fear and trembling. Not for fear of punishment, but for fear that the service is not done right. In singleness of your heart, as unto Christ. Christ will see and reward your fidelity to duty, even if an earthly master does not.

Discussion for Ephesians 6:5

  • Itumeleng for verse 5
    we have to be obedient to them at all times since there are the ones providing for us. the truth is that its not easy at work place, even if we try our best its not noticeable.But whatever we do we are doing it for the lord.

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