Colossians 3:21
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New International Version
Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

New Living Translation
Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.

English Standard Version
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Berean Study Bible
Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they will not become discouraged.

Berean Literal Bible
Fathers, do not provoke your children lest they might become discouraged.

New American Standard Bible
Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.

King James Bible
Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so they won't become discouraged.

International Standard Version
Fathers, do not make your children resentful. Otherwise, they'll become discouraged.

NET Bible
Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they will not become disheartened.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Parents, do not anger your children, lest they lose heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Fathers, don't make your children resentful, or they will become discouraged.

New American Standard 1977
Fathers, do not exasperate your children, that they may not lose heart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Fathers, provoke not your children lest they become disheartened.

King James 2000 Bible
Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

American King James Version
Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

American Standard Version
Fathers, provoke not your children, that they be not discouraged.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Fathers, provoke not your children to indignation, lest they be discouraged.

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

English Revised Version
Fathers, provoke not your children, that they be not discouraged.

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

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
the fathers! vex not your children, lest they be discouraged.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:18-25 The epistles most taken up in displaying the glory of the Divine grace, and magnifying the Lord Jesus, are the most particular in pressing the duties of the Christian life. We must never separate the privileges and duties of the gospel. Submission is the duty of wives. But it is submission, not to a severe lord or stern tyrant, but to her own husband, who is engaged to affectionate duty. And husbands must love their wives with tender and faithful affection. Dutiful children are the most likely to prosper. And parents must be tender, as well as children obedient. Servants are to do their duty, and obey their masters' commands, in all things consistent with duty to God their heavenly Master. They must be both just and diligent; without selfish designs, or hypocrisy and disguise. Those who fear God, will be just and faithful when from under their master's eye, because they know they are under the eye of God. And do all with diligence, not idly and slothfully; cheerfully, not discontented at the providence of God which put them in that relation. And for servants' encouragement, let them know, that in serving their masters according to the command of Christ, they serve Christ, and he will give them a glorious reward at last. But, on the other hand, he who doeth wrong, shall receive for the wrong which he hath done. God will punish the unjust, as well as reward the faithful servant; and the same if masters wrong their servants. For the righteous Judge of the earth will deal justly between master and servant. Both will stand upon a level at his tribunal. How happy would true religion make the world, if it every where prevailed, influenced every state of things, and every relation of life! But the profession of those persons who are regardless of duties, and give just cause for complaint to those they are connected with, deceives themselves, as well as brings reproach on the gospel.
Study Bible
Christian Households
20Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord. 21Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they will not become discouraged. 22Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything, not only to please them while they are watching, but with sincerity of heart and fear of the Lord.…
Cross References
Ephesians 6:4
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; instead, bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Colossians 3:22
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything, not only to please them while they are watching, but with sincerity of heart and fear of the Lord.
Treasury of Scripture

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