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 for Ephesians 6:4

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 for Ephesians 6:4

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

  • John nsasa on Ephesians 6:4
    I am strengthened by the words Jesus said in Mathew 6. Encouraging us not to worry, for God cares for us and cast all our care on him
  • Sacha - in Reply on Ephesians 6:4
    Hi john nsasa thats such a comforting verse ,one of the verses that really gets to me is matthew ch28 v20...'and ,lo, i am with you alway ,even unto the end of the world '.Amen .
  • Helen on Ephesians 6:4
    I just finished Ephesians, reading about the armor of God. The sword is the word of God. Here is where I get a little upset. I have read the Bible a few times, I am in my 60's with not a great memory. Some things stay with me but I forget so much. What if God needs me to fight but I can't remember verses. Now if you mention something in the Bible I can tell you all about it. I have prayed so hard on this. Any thoughts?
  • Connie - in Reply on Ephesians 6:4
    Helen I do not quote scripture to answer questions. I search for answers and use my own understanding of what I have experienced with my own journey through my wilderness.

    Declare your own heart. This is the fruit of my seed. Let God lead your words.
  • Helen - in Reply on Ephesians 6:4
    Thank you all so much. While reading your replies I broke down and began thanking God for an answer I had been seeking. For I was beginning to feel lost and unwanted. I found this site by accident WHILE searching for answers after reading my Bible. Then reading this online Bible against my Bible my heart began to settle and in studying Gods word I felt the need to reach out. I feel he sent me a answer. May God bless each one of you.

  • Earl Bowman - in Reply on Ephesians 6:4
    Helen, may the Spirit grace you with HIS wisdom and His understanding. Keep studying God's word, you may think you can't remember everything; and if called upon you are concerned you would fall short of the task. You want fall short of the task because God's word says:

    Matthew 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of the Father which speaketh in you.

    Our first objective is to agree with the Spirit. WE ARE THE POT AND HE IS THE POTTER.

    Sometimes the POT was created just to be seen, your actions more often speak louder than your words.

    However the POTTER uses us is at his discretion not ours, but he will provide all you need to fulfil his desires.

    Jesus told his disciples he was sent to be a servant, isn't it wonderful that Jesus does all things or us.

    John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches:....... without me you can do nothing.

    Isaiah 30:7 .....Their strength is to sit (like a pot on the wheel) still.

    Exodus 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, fear ye not, stand and BEHOLD THE SALVATION OF THE LORD.......


  • S Spencer - in Reply on Ephesians 6:4
    I like that reply Earl, In the flesh we have nothing to present.
  • Mild Bill - in Reply on Ephesians 6:4

    "What if God needs me to fight but I can't remember verses."

    Leave "what if" to God, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10

    Now how I am able to present you that verse, is not because I remember it by book, chapter and verse, but instead, by remembering the subject of his ordaining our walk in good works, context and content. From there I use the search/concordance to focus on words I know are in the verse, to find exactly what God has said.

    The Lord Jesus quoted some scripture, but unlike the scribes and Parisees, he demonstrated the grace and heart of God. He spoke as the person who cared for them by helping them understand, because God cared for them. If the best you can do is remember what God has said, it is far far more important to other people than where he said it, which they can look up for themselves, if need be that important to them. Seeing for themselves is what God want's from them anyway.

    As a Christian you are in the fight, the armor is defensive, to keep you safe from being disabled, so don't take on an anxious/fearful position of not being good enough to represent our God. Keep growing in his grace.

    I am encouraged to hear your desire to please our God.
  • Chris - in Reply on Ephesians 6:4
    That's a good question, Helen. As we age, our memories tend to fade, in some areas particularly, & when someone refreshes our memory about some past occurrence, we almost feel that they are lying to us. But to admit our failing in this area is important & as we seek God's Help in it, especially with His Word, He will not disappoint us.

    The thing I've found with the Scriptures, is that my memory tends to weaken particularly in remembering the Scripture references; I know which Bible Book that I'm to refer to for a particular verse, but can I remember the chapter & verse? However, that recollection can only come about by continually referring to the Bible & making it a point in storing in our memories the chapter & verses as well. But I've also learned, that it's God's Spirit that really is the One Who refreshes us with His Word. I'm sure that I can speak for others who regularly answer questions on this Site, but as we commit the enquirer's question to the Lord as to how to answer, the Spirit engages our mind in not only what to write but also the relevant Scriptures that are to be shared as well. So often, I have to use my Bible (or here on this Site) to find the Scripture & maybe even quote it verbatim so that our focus may be on what God is saying to us through it.

    I knew one brother in Christ, many years ago, who could repeat whole portions of Romans without error. If I asked him now to do so, I'm sure he would stumble through it, but the Word planted in his heart can never be removed & will be called upon as the need arose. I think that if we come to a point in time when very little from God's Word comes to mind, then we have cause to be concerned - so don't be discouraged, continue to read God's Word & store it up in your heart, or as Psalm 119:11 says, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Keep it hidden there, the Spirit will surely reveal it to you at the appointed time. Every blessing.
  • Cole - in Reply on Ephesians 6:4
    I don't think they're very toxic... Not saying they aren't but.. Maybe they're troubled inside. I pray that you find the answers to this. And I sure do pray that you find resolution to such an issue. In times like any.. Be sure to remain thankful to God as Job did. He will surely reward you.


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