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Ephesians 6:4


4 And, [kai] ye fathers, [pater] provoke [parorgizo] not [me] your [humon] children [teknon] to wrath: [parorgizo] but [alla] bring [ektrepho] them [autos] up [ektrepho] in [en] the nurture [paideia] and [kai] admonition [nouthesia] of the Lord. [kurios]KJV-Interlinear


4 And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. NASB


Fathers, is a general reference to the authority figures of both parents, and this includes the mother in the home.

Children are to respect both parents as both parents have authority and responsibility over the children.

However, since the father is the recognized authority figure, then that reference is used here to indicate not the husband or dad per se, but the position of authority, and this would naturally include the role of the mother with regard to the children.

The rest of the verse will indicate this.

Provoke, 'parorgizo,' means to exasperate, to enrage, to provoke, and is used here for the parents to not parent by means of rage or force, and the children not to react in a similar manner. Sow rage and you harvest rage.

Nurture, 'paideia,' means to tutor, educate, instruct, correct, discipline.

Admonition, 'nouthesia,' means call attention, bring to their attention, warn, to sink down, to bow, to humble.

And these last two commands or instructions are the general guideline for teaching children.

Children are taught by example. Live your life as unto the Lord and they will follow. This means that you lead your life based on Christian standards, which is to say that you recognize authority, responsibility, obligation, self-discipline, honor, courtesy, good manners, tolerance, and on and on.

Note that this has nothing to do with typical religious rhetoric. The Christian life is based on what you know not what you say. And what you know comes only from your commitment to a daily study of doctrine, including your residency in fellowship.

So, if children are brought up with care, with discipline that is based on self-motivation and drive, and not on anger and tyranny, then your children will most likely do well in life.

Training and the consistency in parenting are the keys to the successful family.

Remember that the parents each still have their mandates from God, for which they must live their lives. And this all carries over to the training and instruction of the children.

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