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

  • Miguel Palacio
    -Often thought of Ephisians 6 as an extremely well written rallying cry to preparation
  • Constance
    The armor of God is righteousness. Once we speak the truth, righteousness, peace and faith. Praying, reading the scriptures for guidance and listening to the Holy Spirit is indeed the whole armor of God. All of these things protect from any evil. What a powerful revelation? If we do what is righteous we will always be safe. Bless the Lord!
  • Matthew Duva
    It becomes tremendously liberating when we make the shift of living onto God rather than man. True reverence is evidenced when we love and honor God so deeply that we would not want to sin because it opposes his ways, word, and character. Living onto God delivers man from the fear of man, it is the one fear that dispels all other fears. Hatred for sin makes us honest at all times and repententful.
  • Irene123
    V.17 - We need to take the SWORD 'off the wall', out from under the pomegranate tree (Saul) and take it to the red-light district, take it to the mall, take it into the schools, take it on the job. "If God be for us ..............." So maybe they will threaten you - "who can be against us"? But let's do it with love, not condemnation. To do it with love - we need to PRAY for His blessing.
  • Terease
    I think yes it is right god is good all the time
  • Robert McBeath
    Romans 13:12,put on the armour of light.verse 14 put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah 59:16-17, it is YHWH Himself that puts on the armour. As a Pastor I have always taught that Ephesians 6:13 is what Paul states in Romans 13:14, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, in Him we always have victory!