Proverbs Project: Children & Parenting

Proverbs related to the theme of Children & Parenting:

NOTE: These are selected Proverbs related to the theme of Children & Parenting, though all of Proverbs 1:1-9:18 is made up of advice a father is leaving for his son. Also, these Proverbs assume parents are wise because they fear the Lord, but that is not always true. Keep that in mind as you read.

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Proverbs 1:8-9
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.

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Proverbs 6:20-22
20 My son, keep your father’s command
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
21 Bind them always on your heart;
fasten them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will guide you;
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.

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Proverbs 10:1
1A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

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Proverbs 10:5
He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

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Proverbs 13:1
1A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,
but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.

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Proverbs 13:22
22 A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children,
but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.

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Proverbs 13:24
24 Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

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Proverbs 15:20
20 A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish man despises his mother.

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Proverbs 17:2
A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and will share the inheritance as one of the family.

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Proverbs 17:6
Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children.

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Proverbs 17:21
21 To have a fool for a child brings grief;
there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.

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Proverbs 17:25
25 A foolish son brings grief to his father
and bitterness to the mother who bore him.

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Proverbs 19:13
13 A foolish child is a father’s ruin,
and a quarrelsome wife is like
the constant dripping of a leaky roof.

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Proverbs 19:18
18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;
do not be a willing party to their death.

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Proverbs 19:26-27
26 Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother
is a child who brings shame and disgrace.
27 Stop listening to instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

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Proverbs 20:7
The righteous lead blameless lives;
blessed are their children after them.

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Proverbs 20:11
Even small children are known by their actions,
so is their conduct really pure and upright?

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Proverbs 20:20
20 If someone curses their father or mother,
their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.

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Proverbs 22:6
Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

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Proverbs 22:15
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.

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Proverbs 23:13-14
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
14 Punish them with the rod
and save them from death.

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Proverbs 23:15-16
15 My son, if your heart is wise,
then my heart will be glad indeed;
16 my inmost being will rejoice
when your lips speak what is right.

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Proverbs 23:19-21
19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
and set your heart on the right path:
20 Do not join those who drink too much wine
or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

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

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Proverbs 23:24-25
24 The father of a righteous child has great joy;
a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
25 May your father and mother rejoice;
may she who gave you birth be joyful!

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Proverbs 24:13-14
13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.

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Proverbs 24:21-22
21 Fear the Lord and the king, my son,
and do not join with rebellious officials,
22 for those two will send sudden destruction on them,
and who knows what calamities they can bring?

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Proverbs 27:11
11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart;
then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.

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Proverbs 28:7
A discerning son heeds instruction,
but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.

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Proverbs 28:24
24 Whoever robs their father or mother
and says, “It’s not wrong,”
is partner to one who destroys.

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Proverbs 29:3
A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

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Proverbs 29:15
15 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom,
but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.

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Proverbs 29:17
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace;
they will bring you the delights you desire.

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Proverbs 30:17
17 “The eye that mocks a father,
that scorns an aged mother,
will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley,
will be eaten by the vultures.

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Proverbs 31:28 [WIFE OF NOBLE CHARACTER]
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

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