Proverbs 6:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 6:20, NIV: My son, keep your father's command and do not forsake your mother's teaching.

Proverbs 6:20, ESV: My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.

Proverbs 6:20, KJV: My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Proverbs 6:20, NASB: My son, comply with the commandment of your father, And do not ignore the teaching of your mother;

Proverbs 6:20, NLT: My son, obey your father's commands, and don't neglect your mother's instruction.

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

What does Proverbs 6:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Solomon appeals to his son to pay close attention to the lessons taught by his parents. Rearing a child successfully takes an effort by both mother and father. Children often resent parental guidance but come to appreciate those messages later in life. Very often, those who ignore the wisdom of their parents come to realize—too late—that it was good advice. This emphasis on accepting advice speaks to the serious issue Solomon is about to address: adultery (Proverbs 6:24).

Hebrews 11:23 commends the faith of Moses' parents for hiding him from Pharaoh's assassins for three months. They perceived that tiny Moses was beautiful. They believed God had something special in store for their baby, therefore they did not fear Pharaoh's edict to kill all the male Hebrew babies (Exodus 1:15–16). Interestingly, God arranged events in such a way that Moses' mother was hired by Pharaoh's daughter to care for him until he was weaned (Exodus 2:1–10)!

As a result, Moses not only survived, and was greatly provided for, he had at least some opportunity to learn from his own mother. He clearly sympathized with the Hebrews in their suffering (Exodus 2:11–12). In his adulthood, he rejected the pleasures of sin and "considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt" (Hebrews 11:24–26).