Colossians 3:21

“Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Fathers, prouoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Fathers, provoke not your children, that they be not discouraged.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Fathers, do not be hard on your children, so that their spirit may not be broken.
- Basic English Bible

Fathers, do not vex your children, to the end that they be not disheartened.
- Darby Bible

Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
- Webster's Bible

Fathers, do not fret and harass your children, or you may make them sullen and morose.
- Weymouth Bible

Fathers, don't provoke your children, so that they won't be discouraged.
- World English Bible

Fadris, nyle ye terre youre sones to indignacioun, that thei be not maad feble hertid.
- Wycliffe Bible

the fathers! vex not your children, lest they be discouraged.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Colossians 3:21


3:21 Lest they be discouraged - Which may occasion their turning either desperate or stupid.


People's Bible Notes for Colossians 3:21


Col 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children. See PNT "Eph 6:4".

Discussion for Colossians 3:21

  • Why is it mentioned "do not provoke to anger " in the KJV but just "do not provoke " in most other versions?
  • Waing up for verse 21
    Mothers too
  • Beth lagak for verse 21
    I can relate to this verse. I would like fathers to love and accept their children as they are gifts from GOD. For fathers to give love and more understanding to their children and not hurt them with harsh words and not give them body aches.

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