The Christian Household
21Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.22Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord.23For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior.24Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands.25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,26in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word,27so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish.28In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.29For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church,30because we are members of his body.31“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”32This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church.33Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.Chapter 6Children and Parents
1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.2“Honor your father and mother”—this is the first commandment with a promise:3“so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”4And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.Slaves and Masters
5Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ;6not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.7Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women,8knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord, whether we are slaves or free.9And, masters, do the same to them. Stop threatening them, for you know that both of you have the same Master in heaven, and with him there is no partiality.