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Ephesians 6:2

    Ephesians 6:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Honor your father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Honor thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise),

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Give honour to your father and mother (which is the first rule having a reward),

    Webster's Revision

    Honor thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise),

    World English Bible

    "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with a promise:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Honour thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise),

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 6:2

    Honor thy father - See the notes on Exodus 20:12, etc., where this subject, together with the promises and threatenings connected with it, is particularly considered, and the reasons of the duty laid down at large.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 6:2

    Honour thy father and mother - see Exodus 20:12; compare notes on Matthew 15:4.

    Which is the first commandment with promise - With a promise annexed to it. The promise was, that their days should be long in the land which the Lord their God would give them. It is not to be supposed that the observance of the four first commandments would not be attended with a blessing, but no particular blessing is promised. It is true, indeed, that there is a "general declaration" annexed to the second commandment, that God would show mercy to thousands of generations of them that loved him and that kept his commandments. But that is rather a declaration in regard to all the commands of God than a promise annexed to that specific commandment. It is an assurance that obedience to the law of God would be followed with blessings to a thousand generations, and is given in view of the first and second commandments together, because they related particularly to the honor that was due to God. But the promise in the fifth commandment is a "special promise." It does not relate to obedience to God in general, but it is a particular assurance that they who honor their parents shall have a particular blessing as the result of that obedience.

    Wesley's Notes on Ephesians 6:2

    6:2 Honour - That is, love, reverence, obey, assist, in all things. The mother is particularly mentioned, as being more liable to be slighted than the father. Which is the first commandment with a promise - For the promise implied in the second commandment does not belong to the keeping that command in particular, but the whole law. Ex 20:12