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

  • Idongesit Uby
    Vs 8. We should learn to do good to people at all time because whatsoever thing we do shall we reap weather it be good or bad, weather you are a christian or not.

    Knowing that our God is a righteous judge.
  • Ren
    Virginia Combs- For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Who do you think they are talking about here.Against the powers of satan.
  • Brother BENJAMIM OTUDJE
    for brethren to be able to have victory over the Satan, must leave a righteous life,prayerfull, and also mediate on the word of God day and night.
  • Evangelist Louise Schmaling
    Amein Virginia !!! :)
  • I AM
    Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
  • Virginia Combs
    Satan has no power at all the more you admonished him you give him power.GOD IS ALL POWER AND THERE IS NONE OTHER if you read Ephesians at all it says put on the whole armour of God so that you would be able to withstand the wiles of the devil it did not say anything about him having power

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