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Want to know what the Bible says about Punishing Children? Here are 31 Bible verses about Punishing Children from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV), sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.

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Proverbs 23:13-14 NIV
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
    if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
14 Punish them with the rod
    and save them from death.
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Proverbs 22:6 NIV
Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
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Proverbs 13:24 NIV
Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
    but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
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Proverbs 22:15 NIV
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
    but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.
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Proverbs 29:15 NIV
A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom,
    but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.
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Ephesians 6:4 NIV
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
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Proverbs 19:18 NIV
Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;
    do not be a willing party to their death.
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Proverbs 29:17 NIV
Discipline your children, and they will give you peace;
    they will bring you the delights you desire.
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Ephesians 6:1 NIV
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
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Hebrews 12:6-7 NIV
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?
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Deuteronomy 21:18-21 NIV
18 If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, 19 his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town. 20 They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.” 21 Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.
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Romans 6:23 NIV
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Colossians 3:21 NIV
Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
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Hebrews 12:11 NIV
No 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.
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Proverbs 12:1 NIV
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
    but whoever hates correction is stupid.
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Exodus 20:12 NIV
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
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Colossians 3:20 NIV
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
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Ephesians 6:1-4 NIV
6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
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Exodus 21:15 NIV
“Anyone who attacks their father or mother is to be put to death.
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Proverbs 23:13 NIV
Do not withhold discipline from a child;
    if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
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