Colossians 3:21

21 Fathers,a do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

Read Colossians 3:21 Using Other Translations

Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.

What does Colossians 3:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Colossians 3:21

Fathers, provoke not your children to anger
(See Gill on Ephesians 6:4).

lest they be discouraged;
or disheartened and dispirited; their spirits be broke through grief and trouble, and they become indolent, sluggish, and unfit for business; or, despairing of having any share in the affections of their parents, disregard their commands, instructions, and corrections, and grow obdurate, stubborn, and rebellious.

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