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

  • A disciple
    Contrary to what is commonly thought among Gentile Believers; Jesus did not abolish the Law or the Prophets! When the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus IS in fact in someone; then they will by their character and nature of Christ, set the Law and the Prophets for a living sign among the people, by their lives and by their testimony. Matthew 5:17"Think not that I am come to destroy the law"
  • Everett
    Delyn my beloved friend read with a submissive heart Ephiesans 2:8,9 and Hebrews Chapter 11; Just those two scriptures are declaring Gods Grace, HIS Free Gift who is JESUS CHRIST. And the faith one must totally put in Jesus for his or hers forgiveness of sins to spend ETERNITY WITH HIM. Just believing or acknowlegdeing their exsistince isn't repentance, the demons believe but tremble...
  • Librarygal143
    Amen, Jesus!
  • Irene123
    To Delyn - God bless you, Delyn, for thinking to ask this question - here is your answer: believing IS faith; they are one and the same.
  • Aloysius Domnick
    To you my brother and sisters,God is with us till the end time. I told and be obedient in his scripts ,The Holy Spirit is with us. No matter what the devil himself cannot go through our minds!
  • Ambassador for Christ
    This is one of the most potent and powerful scripture which must always be viewed in context. Therefore, We were have to begin at verse :10 and conclude at verse :18. It begs the question what must we do with all that armor?