Ephesians 6:4
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New International Version
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

New Living Translation
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

English Standard Version
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

New American Standard Bible
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

King James Bible
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Fathers, don't stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

International Standard Version
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up by training and instructing them about the Lord.

NET Bible
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Parents, do not anger your children, but rear them in the discipline and in the teaching of Our Lord.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Fathers, don't make your children bitter about life. Instead, bring them up in Christian discipline and instruction.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in the discipline and admonition of the Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

American King James Version
And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

American Standard Version
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And you, fathers, provoke not your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and correction of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And [ye] fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in [the] discipline and admonition of [the] Lord.

English Revised Version
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord.

Webster's Bible Translation
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Weymouth New Testament
And you, fathers, do not irritate your children, but bring them up tenderly with true Christian training and advice.

World English Bible
You fathers, don't provoke your children to wrath, but nurture them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Young's Literal Translation
And the fathers! provoke not your children, but nourish them in the instruction and admonition of the Lord.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:1-4 The great duty of children is, to obey their parents. That obedience includes inward reverence, as well as outward acts, and in every age prosperity has attended those distinguished for obedience to parents. The duty of parents. Be not impatient; use no unreasonable severities. Deal prudently and wisely with children; convince their judgements and work upon their reason. Bring them up well; under proper and compassionate correction; and in the knowledge of the duty God requires. Often is this duty neglected, even among professors of the gospel. Many set their children against religion; but this does not excuse the children's disobedience, though it may be awfully occasion it. God alone can change the heart, yet he gives his blessing to the good lessons and examples of parents, and answers their prayers. But those, whose chief anxiety is that their children should be rich and accomplished, whatever becomes of their souls, must not look for the blessing of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath. "Fathers" is inclusive of mothers, to whom the practical administration of the household and training of the children so much belong. The first counsel on the subject is negative, and probably has respect to a common pagan habit, against which Christians needed to be put on their guard. Irritation of children was common, through loss of temper and violence in reproving them, through capricious and unsteady treatment and unreasonable commands; but more especially (what is still so common) by the parents being violently angry when the children, inconsiderately, perhaps, disturbed or annoyed them, rather than when they deliberately did wrong. All this the apostle deprecates. But bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. The words παιδεία and νουθεσία are not easily defined in this connection; the former is thought to denote the discipline of training, with its appropriate rewards and punishments; the latter, instruction. Both are to be "of the Lord," such as he inspires and approves. Instilling sound principles of life, training to good habits, cautioning and protecting against moral dangers, encouraging prayer, Bible-reading, church-going, sabbath-keeping; taking pains to let them have good associates, and especially dealing with them prayerfully and earnestly, in order that they may accept Christ as their Savior and follow him, - are among the matters included in this counsel.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath,.... Neither by words; by unjust and, unreasonable commands; by contumelious and reproachful language; by frequent and public chidings, and by indiscreet and passionate expressions: nor by deeds; preferring one to another; by denying them the necessaries of life; by not allowing them proper recreation; by severe and cruel blows, and inhuman usage; by not giving them suitable education; by an improper disposal of them in marriage; and by profusely spending their estates, and leaving nothing to them: not but that parents may, and ought to correct and rebuke their children; nor are they accountable to them for their conduct; yet they should take care not to provoke them to wrath, because this alienates their minds from them, and renders their instructions and corrections useless, and puts them upon sinful practices; wrath lets in Satan, and leads to sin against God; and indeed it is difficult in the best of men to be angry and not sin; see Colossians 3:21. Fathers are particularly mentioned, they being the heads of families, and are apt to be too severe, as mothers too indulgent.

But bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; instructing them in the knowledge of divine things, setting them good examples, taking care to prevent their falling into bad company, praying with them, and for them, bringing them into the house of God, under the means of grace, to attend public worship; all which, under a divine blessing, may be very useful to them; the example of Abraham is worthy of imitation, Genesis 18:19, and the advice of the wise man deserves attention, Proverbs 22:6.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. fathers—including mothers; the fathers are specified as being the fountains of domestic authority. Fathers are more prone to passion in relation to their children than mothers, whose fault is rather over-indulgence.

provoke not—irritate not, by vexatious commands, unreasonable blame, and uncertain temper [Alford]. Col 3:21, "lest they be discouraged."

nurture—Greek, "discipline," namely, training by chastening in act where needed (Job 5:17; Heb 12:7).

admonition—training by words (De 6:7; "catechise," Pr 22:6, Margin), whether of encouragement, or remonstrance, or reproof, according as is required [Trench]. Contrast 1Sa 3:13, Margin.

of the Lord—such as the Lord approves, and by His Spirit dictates.

Ephesians 6:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Children and Parents
3SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH. 4Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Cross References
Genesis 18:19
For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him."

Deuteronomy 4:9
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

Deuteronomy 6:7
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Deuteronomy 11:19
Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Psalm 78:4
We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.

Proverbs 4:4
Then he taught me, and he said to me, "Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live.

Proverbs 22:6
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Ephesians 6:3
"so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."

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

2 Timothy 3:15
and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Treasury of Scripture

And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

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Genesis 31:14,15 And Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, Is there yet any portion …

1 Samuel 20:30-34 Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, …

Colossians 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

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Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household …

Exodus 12:26,27 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say to you, What …

Exodus 13:14,15 And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, What …

Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to yourself, and keep your soul diligently, lest you …

Deuteronomy 6:7,20-24 And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk …

Deuteronomy 11:19-21 And you shall teach them your children, speaking of them when you …

Joshua 4:6,7 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their …

Joshua 4:21-24 And he spoke to the children of Israel, saying, When your children …

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day …

1 Chronicles 22:10-13 He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and …

1 Chronicles 28:9,10,20 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

1 Chronicles 29:19 And give to Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep your commandments, …

Psalm 71:17 O God, you have taught me from my youth: and till now have I declared …

Psalm 71:18 Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until …

Psalm 78:4-7 We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation …

Proverbs 4:1-4 Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know …

Proverbs 19:18 Chasten your son while there is hope, and let not your soul spare …

Proverbs 22:6,15 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he …

Proverbs 23:13,14 Withhold not correction from the child: for if you beat him with …

Proverbs 29:15,17 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself brings …

Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day: the …

2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in you, which …

2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures…

Hebrews 12:7-10 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what …

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