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Proverbs 1:8

    Proverbs 1:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    My son, hear the instruction of your father, and forsake not the law of your mother:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    My son, hear the instruction of thy father, And forsake not the law of thy mother:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    My son, give ear to the training of your father, and do not give up the teaching of your mother:

    Webster's Revision

    My son, hear the instruction of thy father, And forsake not the law of thy mother:

    World English Bible

    My son, listen to your father's instruction, and don't forsake your mother's teaching:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 1:8

    My son, hear - Father was the title of preceptor, and son, that of disciple or scholar, among the Jews. But here the reference appears to be to the children of a family; the father and the mother have the principal charge, in the first instance, of their children's instruction. It is supposed that these parents have, themselves, the fear of the Lord, and that they are capable of giving the best counsel to their children, and that they set before them a strict example of all godly living. In vain do parents give good advice if their own conduct be not consistent. The father occasionally gives instruction; but he is not always in the family, many of those occupations which are necessary for the family support being carried on abroad. The mother - she is constantly within doors, and to her the regulation of the family belongs; therefore she has and gives laws. The wise man says in effect to every child, "Be obedient to thy mother within, and carefully attend to the instructions of thy father, that thou mayest the better see the reasons of obedience; and learn from him how thou art to get thy bread honestly in the world."

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 1:8

    1:8 My son - He speaks to his scholars with paternal authority and affection. Of thy mother - Those pious instructions, which thy mother instilled into thee in thy tender years.