Child Training Tips From Proverbs

Kevin has been going through Proverbs in our Sunday School class and this past week he focused on child training. I thought I would just share here the list of Proverbs he shared in class.

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PROVERBS, Child training – Summer, 2009

Seeking wisdom from parents
1:8-9, 2:1-5, 3:1-2ff, 4:1-5, 4:10-13, 5:1-2, 5:7, 6:20-23, 7:1-4, 7:24, 23:15-16,19,22-26 (he didn’t write these out, but read through them all one after another – they speak very powerfully)

13:1 A wise son accepts his father’s discipline,
But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

15:5 A fool rejects his father’s discipline,
But he who regards reproof is sensible.

19:27 Cease listening, my son, to discipline
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Cursing parents
20:20 He who curses his father or his mother,
His lamp will go out in time of darkness.

28:24 He who robs his father or his mother
And says, “It is not a transgression,”
Is the companion of a man who destroys.

30:11,17 There is a kind of man who curses his father (“kind” might be generation)
And does not bless his mother …
The eye that mocks a father
And scorns a mother, (“scorns”:literally, despises to obey)
The ravens of the valley will pick it out,
And the young eagles will eat it.

Disciplining children
3:11-12 My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD
Or loathe his reproof,
For whom the LORD loves he reproves,
Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

13:24 He who withholds his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him diligently. (Literally, seeks him diligently with discipline)

19:18 Discipline your son while there is hope,
And do not desire his death.

22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, (Literally, according to his way)
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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

23:13-14 Do not hold back discipline from the child.
Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
You shall strike him with the rod,
And rescue his soul from Sheol.

29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom,
But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.
(“gets his own way”: literally, left to himself)

29:17 Correct your son, and he will give you comfort;
He will also delight your soul.

Foolish sons grieve the parents
10:1bc A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.

15:20 A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish man despises his mother.

17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father
And bitterness to her who bore him.

17:21 He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool has no joy.

19:13a A foolish son is destruction to his father…

19:26 He who assaults his father and drives his mother away
Is a shameful and disgraceful son.
Specific examples of being wise / foolish: 10:5 (diligence), 28:7 (gluttony), 29:3 (self-control)

Righteousness leads to blessing on parenting
13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

14:26 In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence,
And his children will have refuge.

15:27 He who profits illicitly troubles his own house …

17:26 Better is a dish of vegetables where love is
Than a fattened ox served with hatred.

The special bond between sons and fathers
17:6 Grandchildren are the crown of old men,
And the glory of sons is their fathers.

20:29 The glory of young men is their strength,
And the honor of old men is their gray hair.

23:15-16 My son, if your heart is wise,
My own heart also will be glad;
And my inmost being will rejoice
When your lips speak what is right.

23:24-25 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice,
And he who sires a wise son will be glad in him.
Let your father and your mother be glad,
And let her rejoice who gave birth to you.

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

Slaves/servants
17:2 A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully,
And will share in the inheritance among brothers.

29:19,21 A slave will not be instructed by words alone,
For though he understands, there will be no response …
He who pampers his slave from childhood
Will in the end find him to be a son.

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