Training or punishment, whether it is exercised on people by others or themselves.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Discipline. Learning that molds character and enforces correct behavior; from a Latin word meaning “instruction” or “training.” To discipline a person or a group means to put them in a state of good order so that they function in the way intended. Discipline, in spite of a popular misconception, is not
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Discipline [Heb. vb. yāsar; noun mûsār; Gk. vb. paideúō; noun paideía]; AV also CHASTENING (Prov. 3:11; He. 12:5ff), CHASTISEMENT (Dt. 11:2; He. 12:8), CORRECTION (Prov. 15:10; 22:15; Jer. 7:28), INSTRUCTION (Ps. 50:17; Prov. 5:12; 6:23; 12:1), NURTURE (Eph. 6:4), BE REFORMED (Lev. 26:23); NEB
Nurture The AV rendering of Lat erudio (2 Esd. 8:12, RSV “instruct”), Gk paideúo (Sir. 18:13, RSV “train”), and Gk paideía (Wisd. 3:11, RSV “instruction”; Eph. 6:4, RSV “Discipline”).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
DISCIPLINE Learning that molds character and enforces correct behavior—from a Latin word meaning “instruction” or “training.” To discipline a person or a group means to put them in a state of good order so that they function in the way intended. Discipline, in spite of a popular misconception, is not
NURTURE* kjv rendition of a Greek word (paideia, Eph 6:4) better translated as “discipline.” See Discipline.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CORRECTION. This word is used for reform, amendment, restoration, discipline. Correction is a function of a father with his children (Prov 23:13; 29:17; Jer 2:30; Heb 12:9) and of God with His people (Job 5:17; Prov 3:12; Heb 12:7, 9). Both Heb. and Gr. terms imply a twofold meaning: to instruct, guide,
NURTURE. The Gr. word paideia, “child training,” “instruction,” “nurture,” is used three times in the NT. It covers the whole cultivation of the mind and morals of a child, and the employment of commands and admonitions, reproof and punishment to attain this goal (Eph 6:4). When applied to adults, it
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
DisciplineCommunity discipline was an emerging concept and practice among Christian groups of Paul’s day. Paul probably borrowed some notions from Jewish groups such as the Pharisees, whose disciplinary procedures he knew well from his early days (see Jew, Paul the). From Paul’s letters we learn that
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
DisciplineEarly church practices of community discipline for immorality or heresy were adapted from Judaism with a Christian flavor exhibited most fully in the writings of Paul. There is surprisingly little attention given to discipline in late first- and early second-century Christian writings. The
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
discipline. The word has several religious connotations.(1) The totality of ecclesiastical laws and customs regulating the religious and moral life of the Church. In this sense it comprises all Church activities not regulated by Divine law, such as the administration of the Sacraments, offices, feasts,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
DISCIPLINE. From the Gk. paideuō, “to instruct, train, correct.” The action of the heavenly Father toward His disobedient child that he should “not be condemned along with the world” (1 Cor. 11:31–32). This correction of the Father of His own offspring (Heb. 12:6) must in no way be connected with condemnation:
CORRECTION (Heb. yāsar, to “instruct,” “chastise”; yākaḥ, to “manifest,” “reason with,” “reprove”). In “He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct?” (Ps. 94:10, KJV, italics added; NASB, “He who chastens the nations, will He not rebuke?” italics added) both Heb. words are used in the above
NURTURE (Gk. paideia, Eph. 6:4, KJV). The whole training and education of children that relates to the cultivation of mind and morals. For this purpose commands and admonitions are sometimes used and at other times, reproofs and punishments. It includes also the care and training of the body. It also
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
DISCIPLINE — to train by instruction and control (1 Cor. 9:27). The biblical concept of discipline has both a positive side (instruction, knowledge, and training) and a negative aspect (correction, punishment, and reproof). Those who refuse to submit to God’s positive discipline by obeying His laws will
CORRECTION — the act of reform or punishing. In the Old Testament, correction is equated with chastening (Prov. 3:11–12), reproof (Prov. 13:18; 15:10), and judgment (Hab. 1:12). The New Testament declares that all Scripture is profitable for correction (2 Tim. 3:16; reformation of manners, REB). The
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
DISCIPLINE<dis’-i-plin> ([מוּסָר‎, mucar]): In the King James Version only in Job 36:10, where it refers to moral discipline, the strenuous cultivation of the righteous life; the Revised Version (British and American) “instruction.” the Revised Version (British and American) in 2 Timothy 1:7 has
CORRECTION<ko-rek’-shun> ([מוּסָר‎, mucar], usually rendered “instruction,” is translated “correction” in several passages): The verb from which the noun is derived signifies “to instruct” or “chastise.” The idea of chastisement was very closely connected in the Hebrew mind with that of pedagogy.
NURTURE<nur’-tur>: The word occurs in the King James Version in Ephesians 6:4 as the translation of [παιδεία, paideia], but the Revised Version (British and American) changes to “chastening,” and uses “nurture” (verb) for the King James Version “bring up” ([ἐκτρέφω, ektrepho]) in the first
A Catholic Dictionary
discipline. The word disciplina means, first, instruction; then that which is taught—e.g. science or doctrinal system; lastly, order or regulations maintained in a family, army, or the like. Usually, discipline in its ecclesiastical sense signifies the laws which bind the subjects of the Church in their
Discipline of the Secret
discipline of the secret (disciplina arcani). The term is not found in ancient writers, and first occurs in a German author, Meier, who made use of it in a treatise “De Recondita Ecclesiæ Theologia,” published at Helmstadt in 1677.1 It has been in common use ever since, as a convenient name for the
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Discipline (A). A scourge used by Roman Catholics for penitential purposes.“Before the cross and altar a lamp was still burning, … and on the floor lay a small discipline or penitential scourge of small cord and wire, the lashes of which were stained with recent blood.”—Sir W. Scott: The Talisman, chap.
Key passages
Pr 3:11–12

Do not despise the discipline of Yahweh, my child. Do not be weary of his reproof because whomever Yahweh will love, he will rebuke, as a father delights in his son.

Pr 13:24

He who withholds his rod hates his child, but he who loves him gives him discipline.

1 Co 5:1–7

It is reported everywhere that there is sexual immorality among you, and sexual immorality of such a kind which does not even exist among the Gentiles, so that someone has the wife of his father. And you are inflated with pride, and should you not rather have …

1 Co 9:24–27

Do you not know that those who run in the stadium all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. And everyone who competes exercises self-control in all things. Thus those do so in order that they may receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Therefore …

1 Ti 5:20

Reprove those who sin in the presence of all, in order that the rest also may experience fear.

Heb 12:3–11

For consider the one who endured such hostility by sinners against himself, so that you will not grow weary in your souls and give up. You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood as you struggle against sin. And have you completely forgotten the exhortation which instructs …

See also
Ge 18:16–33; Ex 21:12–27; Le 16:1–34; Le 23:26–32; Le 24:10–23; Le 26:14–46; Nu 6:1–21; Nu 29:7–11; Dt 4:15–40; Dt 8:1–20; Dt 11:1–32; 1 Sa 2:22–4:1; 1 Sa 7:2–17; 1 Sa 10:17–27; 1 Sa 24:1–22; 1 Sa 26:1–25; 2 Sa 7:1–17; 1 Ki 1:1–27; 1 Ki 11:26–40; 2 Ch 6:12–42; 2 Ch 7:12–22; 2 Ch 18:28–19:3; 2 Ch 33:10–17; Ezr 10:1–17; Ne 4:1–23; Ne 9:22–38; Ne 10:28–39; Job 5:1–27; Job 31:1–40; Job 36:1–37:24; Ps 1:1–6; Ps 6:1–10; Ps 38:1–22; Ps 39:1–13; Ps 50:1–23; Ps 81:1–16; Ps 89:19–37; Ps 94:1–23; Ps 107:1–22; Ps 118:1–29; Ps 119:65–80; Ps 141:1–10; Pr 3:1–12; Pr 5:1–23; Pr 6:6–11; Pr 6:20–7:5; Pr 10:13; Pr 10:17; Pr 12:1; Pr 13:1; Pr 13:18; Pr 13:24; Pr 14:3; Pr 15:5; Pr 15:10; Pr 15:12; Pr 15:28; Pr 15:31–32; Pr 16:22; Pr 16:32; Pr 17:10–11; Pr 17:27; Pr 19:18; Pr 19:25; Pr 19:29; Pr 20:30; Pr 21:11; Pr 21:17; Pr 21:23; Pr 22:15; Pr 23:1–3; Pr 23:13–14; Pr 25:16; Pr 25:28; Pr 26:3; Pr 27:5–6; Pr 27:22; Pr 28:23; Pr 29:1; Pr 29:11; Pr 29:15; Pr 29:17–19; Pr 29:21; Pr 31:10–31; Ec 7:1–8:1; Is 26:1–19; Is 30:18–26; Is 43:22–28; Is 48:1–11; Je 7:28–8:3; Je 8:18–9:16; Je 10:17–25; Je 11:18–23; Je 14:1–18; Je 30:1–24; Je 31:15–22; Je 35:1–19; Je 46:27–28; La 3:22–42; Eze 4:1–17; Eze 44:10–31; Da 1:1–21; Da 10:1–9; Ho 5:1–15; Ho 7:11–16; Ho 10:1–15; Joe 2:12–17; Am 4:6–13; Hag 2:15–19; Zec 7:1–7; Mt 4:1–11; Mt 5:27–30; Mt 5:38–42; Mt 9:14–17; Mt 10:34–39; Mt 11:16–19; Mt 13:44–46; Mt 16:24–26; Mt 18:6–11; Mt 19:1–30; Mt 26:36–46; Mk 2:18–22; Mk 8:34–38; Mk 9:42–48; Mk 10:28–31; Lk 1:11–17; Lk 2:36–38; Lk 7:31–35; Lk 9:23–26; Lk 14:25–35; Lk 18:18–27; Lk 21:34–38; Lk 22:39–46; Jn 15:1–11; Ac 2:40–47; Ac 4:32–37; Ac 10:9–16; Ac 20:17–38; Ac 24:22–27; Ro 6:1–14; Ro 8:12–17; Ro 12:1–2; Ro 13:11–15:6; 1 Co 4:14–5:13; 1 Co 6:12–7:9; 1 Co 7:25–9:27; 1 Co 10:23–11:1; 1 Co 11:27–34; 1 Co 13:1–13; 2 Co 2:3–11; 2 Co 4:16–18; 2 Co 8:8–15; 2 Co 10:1–11; 2 Co 12:7–10; 2 Co 13:1–10; Ga 5:16–6:5; Ga 6:11–15; Eph 6:1–4; Php 3:12–16; Col 3:1–11; Col 3:18–4:1; 1 Th 4:1–8; 1 Th 5:1–11; 2 Th 3:6–15; 1 Ti 1:18–20; 1 Ti 2:8–3:7; 1 Ti 4:6–11; 1 Ti 5:1–2; 1 Ti 5:17–25; 2 Ti 1:3–7; 2 Ti 2:1–4:5; Tt 1:5–2:15; Tt 3:9–11; Heb 12:1–11; Jas 1:19–20; Jas 3:1–12; 1 Pe 1:13–21; 1 Pe 2:11–12; 1 Pe 3:18–4:11; 1 Pe 5:5–11; 2 Pe 1:5–11; 2 Pe 2:18–22; 2 Jn 7–11; 3 Jn 9–12; Jud 20–23; Re 3:14–22; Re 14:1–5;