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be obedient to

“obey.” This is a command.

deep respect and trembling

The phrase “deep respect and trembling” uses two similar ideas to emphasize the importance of honoring their masters. (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-doublet and rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-idiom)

and trembling

Here “trembling” is an exaggeration used to emphasize how important it is that slaves obey their masters. AT: “and fear” or “as though you were shaking with fear” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-hyperbole)

in the honesty of your heart

“Heart” here is a synecdoche for truely honorable intentions. AT: “with your truely honorable intentions” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-synecdoche)

as slaves of Christ

Serve your earthly master as though your earthly master were Christ himself.

who do the will of God from your heart

“Heart” here is a metonym for “personal convictions.” AT: “who do the will of God from your personal convictions” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metonymy)

Serve with all your heart, as though you were serving the Lord and not people

“Heart” here is a metonym for one’s “intentions” or “convictions.” AT: “Serve with full conviction, realizing that you serve the Lord and not just people.” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metonymy)


  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/servant
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/obey
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/lord
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/christ
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/willofgod
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/lord
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/works
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/reward