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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

  • 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.
  • Joe suplicky
    Thank you God the Father and Our Lord Jesus for our Victory Amen and Amen to the Praise Of Our Glory !!
  • MockingBird for verse 12
    I do not war with you : flesh and blood : If I and another are at each others throat : It is the enemy that I have yielded to : The battle that I am in is a spiritual one : Not my fellow man : The battle is against principalities , powers , rulers of darkness of this world : spiritual wickedness : Through Jesus ,I submit to Him . My Lord and my God and Heavenly Father !!!
  • Carolyn for verse 12
    At age nine while sitting in the pew at Bible School and asking for understanding on how to be 'saved', Christ manifested Himself to me in physical form none saw him but me and also manifested Satan to me. Satan was naked, covered in bumps, a foot tall - and was trying to hide himself beside the leg of the church pew. He tried to use his forearms to protect his eyes from what seemed to be a blinding light. And he trembled. At that time Christ spoke to me lips did not move but spoke from His mind and said, 'You need me to fight him for you.' Wow! Wow! Wow! I walked to the front, knelt at a pew, and the pastor said, 'Romans 10.9 That if thou shalt confess with they mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.' Wow! AS I grew in grace and knowledge and as I began to study the Word, I clearly knew what happened that day. Satan was subjected to a blinding Light - the glory and brightness of the Son of God - Perfection. I knew clearly that only God has power over Satan. Father Son Holy Spirit is indeed my rock, shield, deliverer, fortress, and strength.
  • Lilian
    Having Obedience to God's words and commandments are more important than Sacrifice. All Battles belongs to Christ all we need is to believe Jesus that He is our Savior and Provider of all. Thanks be to Jesus for the blood that shed for us. Amen