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Proverbs 1:8

ESV Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
NIV Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
NASB Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction, And do not ignore your mother’s teaching;
CSB Listen, my son, to your father's instruction, and don't reject your mother's teaching,
NLT My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
KJV My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

What does Proverbs 1:8 mean?

Exodus 20:12 commands us to honor our mother and father. This goes beyond simple obedience, and includes the ideas of respect and consideration. In the New Testament Paul points out to us that this command is the first which comes with a promise (Ephesians 6:1–4). Paul also commands fathers to raise their children in the "discipline and instruction of the Lord." Here in the first chapter of Proverbs, we see Solomon giving the same exhortation to follow the wise instruction of your parents.

This suggestion is especially poignant, coming from Solomon. Although he was blessed by God with incredible wisdom (2 Chronicles 1:11–12), Solomon didn't always choose to use it. The book of Ecclesiastes records how he pursued many things, other than God, and found them to be empty and pointless (Ecclesiastes 2:9–11). In the end, Solomon came to the conclusion that following God's will is by far the most important goal of our lives (Ecclesiastes 12:13–14).
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