25 Bible Verses about Disciplining A Child

Proverbs 13:24 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

Proverbs 22:15 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:17 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

Hebrews 12:11 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 19:18 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.

John 11:35 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Jesus wept.

Luke 15:11-32 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. ...

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 5 helpful votes

The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Hebrews 12:5-6 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”

Proverbs 13:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.

Proverbs 3:11 ESV / 4 helpful votes

My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof,

Hebrews 12:6 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”

Proverbs 13:1 ESV / 3 helpful votes

A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

Proverbs 10:17 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Colossians 3:21 ESV / 2 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:30 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts.

Proverbs 15:5 ESV / 2 helpful votes

A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

Proverbs 12:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

Galatians 6:1 ESV / 1 helpful vote

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

Proverbs 6:23 ESV / 1 helpful vote

For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,

Proverbs 3:11-12 ESV / 1 helpful vote

My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

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