Fathers, Mothers in Proverbs

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My son, hear the instruction of your father and forsake not the law of your mother, for they shall be an ornament of grace to your head and chains around your neck (Proverbs 1:8 - 9).

My son, keep your father's command, and don’t reject your mother’s teaching (Proverbs 6:20).

Wise children make their fathers proud of them; foolish ones bring their mothers grief (Proverbs 10:1).

A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother (Proverbs 15:20).

He who robs his father and drives out his mother is a son who brings shame and disgrace (Proverbs 19:26).

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Good people leave their wealth to their grandchildren, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for good people (Proverbs 13:22).

If you don't punish your children, you don't love them. If you do love them, you will correct them (Proverbs 13:24).

If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness (Proverbs 20:20).


Peasant and wife at market
Peasant and wife at market
Albrecht Durer, 1519

In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and his children will have refuge (Proverbs 14:26).

A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, and will share an inheritance among the brothers (Proverbs 17:2).

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

Stupid children can bring their parents to ruin (Proverbs 19:13).

Discipline your son while there is hope, and do not desire his death (Proverbs 19:18).

The one who robs his father or mother and says, 'That's no sin,' is a companion to a man who destroys (Proverbs 28:24).

Grandchildren are the crown of old men . . (Proverbs 17:6).


World's Wit and Wisdom
Unlike grown ups, children have
little need to deceive themselves.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749 - 1834

The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him (Proverbs 20:7).

Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right (Proverbs 20:11).

For whom the Lord loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights (Proverbs 3:12).

The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother (Proverbs 29:15).

A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke (Proverbs 13:1).

Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life (Proverbs 22:6).


World's Wit and Wisdom
Children begin by loving
their parents. After a time
they judge them. Rarely, if
ever, do they forgive them.
Oscar Wilde, 1854 - 1900

Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him (Proverbs 22:15).

He who pampers his slave from childhood will in the end find him to be a son (Proverbs 29:21).

Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod, and deliver his soul from hell.

My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice - indeed, I myself; Yes, my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak right things (Proverbs 23:13 - 16).

The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise child shall have joy from him.

Your father and your mother shall be glad, and she who bore you shall rejoice (Proverbs 23:24 - 25).

The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother (Proverbs 29:15).

Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul (Proverbs 29:17).

There is a generation that curses its father and does not bless its mother (Proverbs 30:11).

The eye that mocks at his father and despises to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it (Proverbs 30:17).

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