Children in Proverbs

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

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

Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth (Proverbs 5:7)

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

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


Portrait of the Children of Charles Blair
The children of Charles Blair
Thomas Beach, 1769

My son, observe the commandment of your father and do not forsake the teaching of your mother; Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck. 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.

For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; and reproofs for discipline are the way of life To keep you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress (Proverbs 6:20 - 24).

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

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

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

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

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

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. Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may reply to him who reproaches me (Proverbs 27:10 - 11).

Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may reply to him who reproaches me (Proverbs 27:11).


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 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Proverbs 30:17).

O children, hear the instruction of a father, and be attentive in order to know understanding . . . For I was my father’s son, tender and the only beloved in the sight of my mother.

He also taught me, and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments and live. Get wisdom; get understanding; forget it not, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she shall keep you; love her, and she shall preserve you . . ."

Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of your life shall be many. I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in the right paths. When you go, your steps shall not be hampered, and when you run, you shall not stumble (Proverbs 4:1, 3 - 6, 10 - 12).

A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous (Proverbs 13:22).

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