Paul addresses the different facets of everyday human life He addresses the family, the slave and the master Paul addresses the father’s twice, 1st pertaining to marital life and second towards his parental duty. Slaves are given both a reminder of reward and a threat of consequence Masters are reminded that they themselves are under God’s authority
Main point summary
In your family life or professional careers do all things in a way that is pleasing to the Lord, who sees all things.
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, as people-pleasers,
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 and fairly,
knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.