Ephesians 6:4

“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And yee fathers, prouoke not your children to wrath: but bring them vp in the nourture and admonition of the Lord.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And, you fathers, do not make your children angry: but give them training in the teaching and fear of the Lord.
- Basic English Bible

And [ye] fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in [the] discipline and admonition of [the] Lord.
- Darby Bible

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
- Webster's Bible

And you, fathers, do not irritate your children, but bring them up tenderly with true Christian training and advice.
- Weymouth Bible

You fathers, don't provoke your children to wrath, but nurture them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
- World English Bible

And, fadris, nyle ye terre youre sones to wraththe; but nurische ye hem in the teching and chastising of the Lord.
- Wycliffe Bible

And the fathers! provoke not your children, but nourish them in the instruction and admonition of the Lord.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 6:4

6:4 And, ye fathers - Mothers are included; but fathers are named, as being more apt to be stern and severe. Provoke not your children to wrath - Do not needlessly fret or exasperate them. But bring them up - With all tenderness and mildness. In the instruction and discipline of the Lord - Both in Christian knowledge and practice.

People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 6:4

Eph 6:4 And, ye fathers. Parents have duties as well as children. Two are named. Provoke not your children to wrath. Passionate and unreasonable rebukes, intemperate language, or cruel usage, would provoke resentment on the part of children. But bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The Revised Version reads: "Nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord". Training and restraining as well as admonition are implied. The Lord holds all parties responsible for a Christian training of their children.

Discussion for Ephesians 6

  • Jacob Friesen
    It is God's divine holiness which we live by that stops all the firey darts of the enemy: Being transformed into the likeness of Christ Romans 8:29 we have the support in Isaiah 11:5 our loins are girdles with righteousness and our reins with faithfulness. The reins are the conscience and the mind; it is the faithful reins that bring into our heart what we aught to live by, and will live by.
  • Jose
    I think you answered your own question why do people still have multiple locks on the door because bad things happen to good people so you must protect yourself and your family just because you are with God and have his armor on does not mean that the people outside are with God and God also said we must be submissive not dumb careles we must forgive but not forget that is what defines us from God
  • Tracey Leach
    We should be putting on the whole armor of God every day. The thing is that we believers have a tendency to think that we are going out to battle Big Fights and forget that the devil has many devices and fiery darts that he uses. I know one of the greatest weapons we have against the devil is Prayer. He knows this too. So, what he does to me many times, is try to distract me with all kinds of things when I'm praying to God our Father. He will try to distract me with thoughts of where I need to be or what I plan to do later, send the cat to want to sit in my lap, the dog will come in whining to go out. All manor of things to distract me. These distractions can add up to my not being strengthened as God intends for me to be throughout my day. These little distractions can lead to big destruction for me. Maybe not immediately but somewhere along the way. We constantly know that we need God to help us through and deal with the "BIG" problems and situations that come at us but in the "little" things, we think we can 'handle' them on our own in our strength and in our own power. The scripture that we need the full armor for the darts and wiles of the devil. Things we sometimes think we are capable of doing or handling on our own. That is why the Armor covers different aspects of us. We are vulnerable in more than one area and not all of that is our physical being.
  • MockingBird
    The whole armour of God is explained further down from this passage. God has equipped us with all we will need for every circumstance and or situation of life. helmet for our mind : Breastplate for our heart : belt , loins girt with the truth which is the word of God : shoes for our feet for to bring peace :Sword of spirit to cut off all lies of enemy : shield of Faith which is the word of God : to Quench the firey darts of the wicked : And praying always : being in a prayer attitude at all times , being aware of the presence of God at all times. Saul's armour didn't fit David : but God's armour equips us to the max and it is not heavy on us or a baggage to carry around : The promises of God are not grevious !!!!
  • Marienicole
    This is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. If only we, as chiildren, were taught this over and over when we were growing up. That our parents, tho showig love and compassion, were stricter and taught us the right way to go. But so many times our parents of the 70's and 80's went the way of the world and didnt stay together or discipline us children enough. Now many of those children are drug and alcohol addicts, many in prison, many who gave up their own children to the same parents who let them get away with so much, thinking it was best because society thought so. I pray all parents love their children enough to follow this chapter, that they show them love with dicipline. Time is short- the Lord doesn't want anyone to perish, but to having everlasting life in Heaven.
  • If you do not stand up to pray, these evil forces will definetly overcome you. Even though the Lord GOD ALMIGTHY HAS de power to save u 4rm their vindictive act. But HeHas entrusted the power in u d t u shold decree it shall com to pass, another point to consider is that ore we clean because u can rebuke the fawler when u are in sin, the scripture says that if satan cast out demons it divide itself into 2.