Main point summary
Citizens of the new realm in Christ don't destroy the existing social order; they transform it by the power of the gospel to reflect the beauty of Christ!
u Wives, submit to your husbands,
as v is fitting in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives,
and w do not be harsh with them.
Children, obey your parents
x in everything,
for this pleases the Lord.
Fathers, do not provoke your children,
lest they become discouraged.
Bondservants, 1 obey x in everything
those who are your earthly masters, 2
not by way of eye-service,
but with sincerity of heart,
fearing the Lord.
y Whatever you do, work heartily,
z as for the Lord
and not for men,
knowing that from the Lord a you will receive the inheritance as your reward.
b You are serving the Lord Christ.
For the wrongdoer will be paid back
for the wrong he has done,
and there is no partiality.
Masters, treat your bondservants justly
knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.