Scripture on Discipline

Scripture on Discipline

(God’s discipline of us, parental discipline of children)

(Passages in ESV)


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 (Deuteronomy 6:7).

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me (Psalm 51:5).

Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him (Proverbs 13:24).

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).

And if by this discipline you are not turned to me but walk contrary to me, then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will strike you sevenfold for your sins (Leviticus 26:23-24).

Out of heaven he let you hear his voice, that he might discipline you. And on earth he let you see his great fire, and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire (Deuteronomy 4:36).

Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son [discipline is a given], the LORD your God disciplines you (Deuteronomy 8:5).

And consider today (since I am not speaking to your children who have not known or seen it), consider the discipline of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand and his outstretched arm, his signs and his deeds that he did in Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt and to all his land… (Deuteronomy 11:2-3).

Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty (Job 5:17).

O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath (Psalm 6:1).

For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you (Psalm 50:17).

He who disciplines the nations, does he not rebuke? He who teaches man knowledge— the LORD—knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath (Psalm 94:10-11).

Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD, and whom you teach out of your law (Psalm 94:12).

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof (Proverbs 3:11)…

…for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights (Proverbs 3:12).

And you say, “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof!” (Proverbs 5:12)

He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray (Proverbs 5:23).

For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life (Proverbs 6:23).

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid (Proverbs 12:1).

Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him (Proverbs 13:24).

Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death (Proverbs 19:18).

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him (Proverbs 22:15).

Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die (Proverbs 23:13).

Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart (Proverbs 29:17).

“I have heard Ephraim grieving, ‘You have disciplined me, and I was disciplined, like an untrained calf; bring me back that I may be restored, for you are the LORD my God’” (Jeremiah 31:18).

But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world (1 Corinthians 11:32).

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).

…correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 2:25).

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.

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 (Hebrews 12:5-11).

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent (Revelation 3:19).

Randy Alcorn, founder of EPM

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over fifty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries

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