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

  • Agnes
    This verse is a teaching for human beings and their relationship to power. It is a reminder that the true power is God's. However, in our lives we come up against power-full figures. We must relate to them protected by the knowledge that it is God's truths that we are really struggling to make real: truth, righteousness, peace, faith. The fight is against man's interpretation of power.
  • Deborah
    Ephesians 6 prepares you for the unseen forces that is presently in our world today. As humans we must stand fast and be on the alert 247 because the enemy forces can be seen and felt on a daily basis each day. We who are children of the LORD must do all that we can to continue to do his work and never give up ! Support those who are lost! Keep prayed up each day! Be Blessed! God is coming back!
  • 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!
  • Plummer harris
    I have recived everything I have from GOD including my life the HOLY SPIRIT YOU and his ARMOUR thank you for the every day readings.THANK YOU AMEN AMEN
  • MockingBird
    We get dressed every day. We would be in some kind of trouble with indecent exposeour !!! So as with God's armour : Unless we dress every day in His armour we are naked and cannot stand , we would be in some kind of trouble !!! The word says to put on : So we have to put it on : God is not going to put it on for us He has made the provision and we have the responsibility to do what God says !!!
  • Mbugua
    Comment*Our warfare is against the wiles (methods) of the deveil (Rom 13:12,14). We cast off the works of darkness and we put on the armour of light, we put on the Lord Jesus Christ and not walk in flesh to fulfill the lusts of the body