29 Bible Verses about Disciplining Children

Proverbs 13:24 ESV / 75 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 23:13-14 ESV / 71 helpful votes

Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.

Hebrews 12:11 ESV / 64 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 / 58 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:17 ESV / 47 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 38 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:18 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 12:5-6 ESV / 19 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 22:15 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:30 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:1 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 6:2-3 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Ephesians 6:1 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Mark 10:14 ESV / 17 helpful votes

But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.

Proverbs 15:5 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 14 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Proverbs 13:18 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 ESV / 14 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.

Colossians 3:21 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Luke 15:11-32 ESV / 13 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. ...

Deuteronomy 6:7 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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.

Hebrews 12:7-11 ESV / 10 helpful votes

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 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.

Romans 1:1-32 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, ...

Proverbs 6:23 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 49:15 ESV / 9 helpful votes

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.

Proverbs 13:1 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Proverbs 30:17 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.

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