New King James Version 1. Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
The Resultant Version 1. Masters, be rendering that which is just and equitable to your slaves, being aware that you also have a Master in heaven.
Now God speaks to the masters, giving them instructions corresponding to His instructions to slaves. This again is similar to a passage in Ephesians 6:9.
The Resultant Version 9. And the masters, be doing the same toward them, refraining from threats, knowing that their Master, as well as yours, is in the heavens; and there is no respect of persons with Him.
The Lord here calls upon those masters who have slaves to treat them justly and equitably. Some masters of slaves seem to enjoy treating them unjustly and with capricious inequality, perhaps just because they can. Yet this is not the way for a Godly master to act. Rather, a human master who is a believer must remember that he, too, has a Master in heaven, and that Master is always just and equitable. If he mistreats his slaves, his heavenly Master will not overlook such sin just because he was the master. Therefore, he should treat them fairly, just as he hopes to be treated fairly by his Lord. Read the rest of this entry »