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

  • Donna
    A parent should never behave in a way to provoke a child to hate, nor should they teach a child to hate. Raise a child to walk in love, respect and tolerance. Help them to be good people.
  • Tilda
    Aimen,glory to God who gives us His word clearly,the word says instruct a child in the way he should go so that when he grows he will not depart from it,meaning it is the role of the parents to groom children in a God's way which does not lead to wrath for wrath comes as a punishment of sinning before God,its a responsibility as a parent to bring your children to the light of God so that they will be able to live right.before God and also to respect you as a parent........................................ Now helping a mother with a problem with her husband,its your role to pray for your family and husband because the word of God says a husband is made holly by a wife who prays,meaning be ye faithful to God and He will help you and not trying to remedy sin by sin
  • Gwendolyn Daniel
    God IS READY for war. He's Ready to take on the enemy head on!!!!!!!! Be watchful of your next temptation because it could be your next Battle and VICTORY
  • Anomonyous
    I am so very thankful for the Holy Ghost, and the Comforter along with the Devine Teacher that leads the truth seekers in to all Truth. For me Ephesian 6:10-12 is a very timely Word for me, as the world is growing darker every day, along with the wiles of the devil, the devil is not playing and their are many people who are fainting, they cannot take the wiles of the devil, Call On Jesus
  • 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