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

  • Nickki hart
    I'm doing a bible study book which teaches us about putting on the Armor of God. The Spirit is through His word our sword to battle the deceitfulness of the evil one. Remain in Constant prayer! We are never alone God promised to never leave nor forsake us. Get into a Bible based church and have fellowship with your fellow Christians. Give grace because it was given.
  • Carol Dill
    I love this chapter in the bible...I try to pray this prayer everyday for our Lord to place on me the full body armour or Christ that I may be able to ward off evil. Without Jesus we are nothing in ourselves.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    OH UNITED WE STAND, DEVIDED WE FALL, AND IF OUR BACKS SHOULD EVER BE AGAINST THE WALL, WE'LL BE TOGETHER, TOGETHER IN THE LOVING ARMS OF OUR HEAVENLY ABBA DAD YAHWEH, IN AND THROUGH HIS SON, OUR GLORIOUS AND BLESSED LORD AND SAVIOR, CHRIST YESHUA JESUS GLORY AMEN AND AMEN INDEED. PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD AND STAND IN THIS EVIL DAY AND TIME TO HIS EVERLASTING GLORY AMEN AND AMEN INDEED SHALOM
  • Sammy
    God talking to us.
  • Beth hoskins mcfry
    I Love these Verses with Pictures that goes with them !! They are Heart Touching To Me !!!
  • Jonathan
    We as believers in Christ call him our Lord and we call him that for a reason because he is worthy of the title. What an awesome big God we have that showed his pure mercy on the cross taking on our curse and conquering death so triumphantly for us. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! What true power and might!