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Ephesians 6:5-9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Slaves and Masters

Slaves, obey your human[a] masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ. Don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but as slaves of Christ, do God’s will from your heart.[b] Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord. And masters, treat your slaves the same way, without threatening them, because you know that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with Him.


  1. Ephesians 6:5 Lit according to the flesh
  2. Ephesians 6:6 Lit from soul

Colossians 3:22 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

22 Slaves, obey your human masters in everything. Don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord.

1 Timothy 6:1 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Honoring Masters

All who are under the yoke as slaves must regard their own masters[a] to be worthy of all respect, so that God’s name and His teaching will not be blasphemed.


  1. 1 Timothy 6:1 Or owners

1 Peter 2:18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Submission of Slaves to Masters

18 Household slaves, submit with all fear to your masters, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.[a]


  1. 1 Peter 2:18 Or unscrupulous; lit crooked

Jude 4 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

For some men, who were designated for this judgment long ago, have come in by stealth; they are ungodly, turning the grace of our God into promiscuity and denying Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord.


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