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“Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.”

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Colossians 3:21 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Fathers, πατέρες A "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote) Fathers
provoke ἐρεθίζετε To stimulate (especially to anger) provoke
not μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether not
your ὑμῶν Of (from or concerning) you your
children τέκνα A child (as produced) children
to anger, (No Greek definition. English implied.)
lest μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether lest
they be discouraged. ἀθυμῶσιν To be spiritless, i.e., disheartened discouraged

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  • 19  Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

  • 20  Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

  • 21  Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

  • 22  Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

  • 23  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;


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