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1. O children, hear the instruction of a father, and be attentive in order to know understanding, 2. For I give you good doctrine; do not forsake my law (Proverbs 4:1 - 2)

32. And now therefore hearken unto me, O you children, for blessed are those who keep my ways. 33. Hear instruction, and be wise, and do not refuse it. 34. Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors (Proverbs 8:32 - 34)

7. A righteous man who walks in his integrity, his children are blessed after him. (Proverbs 20:7)

8 My child, pay attention to what your father and mother tell you. 9 Their teaching will improve your character as a handsome turban or a necklace improves your appearance. (1:8 - 9)

1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; 2 For length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. (3:1 - 2)

20 My son, observe the commandment of your father and do not forsake the teaching of your mother; 21 Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck. 22 When you walk about, they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk to you. 23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; and reproofs for discipline are the way of life 24 To keep you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress. (6:20 - 24)

1 My son, keep my words and treasure my commandments within you. (7:1)

5 It is foolish to ignore what your parents taught you; it is wise to accept their correction. (15:5)

26 He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach. 27 Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge. (19:26 - 27)

World's Wit and Wisdom
Children have never been good at
listening to their elders, but they
have never failed to imitate them.
James Baldwin, 1924 - 1987

20 If you curse your parents, your life will end like a lamp that goes out in the dark. (Proverbs 20:20)

10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away. 11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may reply to him who reproaches me. (27:10 - 11)

20 If you curse your parents, your life will end like a lamp that goes out in the dark. (Proverbs 20:20)

10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away. 11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may reply to him who reproaches me. (27:10 - 11)

World's Wit and Wisdom
One of the oldest human needs is
having someone wonder where you
are when you don't come
home at night.
Margaret Mead, 1901 - 1978

Children are the living messages
we send to a time we will not see.
Neil Postman, 1931 -

I am not young enough
to know everything.
Oscar Wilde, 1854 - 1900

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding, 2 that you may preserve discretion, and your lips may keep knowledge . . . 7 Therefore hear me now, my children, and do not depart from the words of my mouth. (Proverbs 5:1 - 2, 7)

22 Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. (23:22)

7 Young people who obey the law are intelligent. Those who make friends with good-for-nothings are a disgrace to their parents. (28:7)

24 Anyone who thinks it isn't wrong to steal from his parents is no better than a common thief. (28:24)

3 Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth. (29:3)

11 There are people who curse their fathers and do not show their appreciation for their mothers. (30:11)

17 The eye that mocks a father and scorns a mother, the ravens of the valley will pick it out, and the young eagles will eat it. (30:17)

1 My children, listen to what your father teaches you. Pay attention, and you will have understanding. 3 When I was only a little boy, my parents' only son, 4 my father would teach me. He would say, “Remember what I say and never forget it. Do as I tell you, and you will live. 5 Get wisdom and insight! Do not forget or ignore what I say. 6 Do not abandon wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will keep you safe. 10 Listen to me, my child . . . 11 I have taught you wisdom and the right way to live. 12 Nothing will stand in your way if you walk wisely, and you will not stumble when you run. (Proverbs 4:1, 3 - 6, 10 - 12)

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