Bible Verses About Discipline: 11 Powerful Scriptures


Hebrews 12:11

ESVFor 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.
KJVNow no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
NASBAll discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
NIVNo discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
NLTNo discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

Proverbs 12:1

ESVWhoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
KJVWhoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
NASBWhoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid.
NIVWhoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.
NLTTo learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.

Proverbs 13:24

ESVWhoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
KJVHe that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
NASBHe who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.
NIVWhoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
NLTThose who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.

1 Corinthians 9:27

ESVBut I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
KJVBut I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
NASBbut I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
NIVNo, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
NLTI discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

Revelation 3:19

ESVThose whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
KJVAs many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
NASB‘Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.
NIVThose whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.
NLTI correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.

Proverbs 29:15

ESVThe rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
KJVThe rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
NASBThe rod and reproof give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.
NIVA rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.
NLTTo discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.

Proverbs 29:17

ESVDiscipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.
KJVCorrect thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
NASBCorrect your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also delight your soul.
NIVDiscipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.
NLTDiscipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad.

Proverbs 23:13

ESVDo not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.
KJVWithhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
NASBDo not hold back discipline from the child, Although you beat him with the rod, he will not die.
NIVDo not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
NLTDon’t fail to discipline your children. The rod of punishment won’t kill them.

Proverbs 22:15

ESVFolly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
KJVFoolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
NASBFoolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
NIVFolly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.
NLTA youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.

Titus 1:8

ESVBut hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.
KJVBut a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
NASBbut hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled,
NIVRather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.
NLTRather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life.

Proverbs 25:28

ESVA man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
KJVHe that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
NASBLike a city that is broken into and without walls Is a man who has no control over his spirit.
NIVLike a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.
NLTA person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.

Ephesians 6:4

ESVFathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
KJVAnd, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
NASBFathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
NIVFathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
NLTFathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

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