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 of 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 original scan of Ephesians chapter 6

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


Mountain Preacher's comment on 2021-07-26 02:28:42:

This whole armour of God completely covers us EXCEPT for one spot , that was our BACK ! As long as we go forward for Christ we are safe from Satan's attacks


sacha's comment on 2021-03-21 14:23:39:

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 .


John nsasa's comment on 2021-03-21 07:30:09:

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


Connie's comment on 2021-02-13 13:57:19:

Helen I do not quote scripture to answer questions.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.


S Spencer's comment on 2021-02-12 09:26:24:

I like that reply Earl, In the flesh we have nothing to present.


Earl Bowman's comment on 2021-02-11 16:23:16:

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.......




Mild Bill's comment on 2021-02-11 15:09:26:


"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's comment on 2021-02-11 13:55:25:

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.


Helen's comment on 2021-02-10 22:21:27:

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?


Adam's comment on 2020-05-04 21:35:25:

Also take a look at Matthew 13:57 - Jesus had the same problem with his family not respecting him.


Cole's comment on 2020-05-04 13:42:49:

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.


Emmanuel Mawuli.'s comment on 2015-05-26 07:53:32:

It is true that any word proceeded out of the mouth of God is True and Perfect. Parents in all, must be an example and in like manner of God the Father so that, we their children may live that life to other generations. For what we see from them as a child that we do. Thanks.


AMEN JAY's comment on 2014-11-06 04:00:01:

let us conduct our self as a parent at all time because we are like a mirror to our children,so that our deeds might not provoke them but bring them into admonition of our lord


Mockingbird's comment on 2014-11-06 03:42:20:

Parents ought to be in a prayer attitude to know who to bring up their children It is difficult at times to know how to discipline children. I need to go by the leadership of Holy Spirit to know what to do. The first thing God will not discipline me to provoke me to wrath neither should I provoke my child.


Monica D's comment on 2014-07-02 17:12:46:

My husband and son stays into with each other. Husband don 't think anybody in the household is right about anything. When you express your feeling a person is lying. Times are to the point of someone getting hurt or dying. I the mother becomes bitches and whores because I know for a fact he wrong. The last one of my children is not as strong as the rest of the family and he tries not to react to things but if you keep pushing him more like provoking him his anger becomes violence and his daddy think in his mind that he is not provoking his child. What do I do?


marjorie's comment on 2014-06-25 02:52:13:

I believe this instruction is given to fathers ' to help children adhere to the 1st commandment with promise... honor and obey thy father and thy mother so that it will be well with them and they will have long life on this earth. If one provokes their child to wrath and anger the child is in danger of reacting disrespectful towards their elders thus not being able to be led in wisdom nor compassion... A lack of respect or trust for those in authority.


Kevin's comment on 2014-06-18 08:25:30:

This verse needs to be adhered to , because if a child is brought up in a harsh household, he she will most likely become like the parent and even show that type of behavior with the general public, making life difficult and hard for the person to get along with others.


Mcbie G Chiriseri's comment on 2014-01-26 00:29:35:

Yes l belive that's true


KEYONTA's comment on 2012-12-14 07:56:01:



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