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Parenting Principles from Proverbs Part 2

July 31, 2022 Speaker: Gibson Largent Series: Proverbs

Passage: Proverbs 24:3–4

Proverbs 24:3-4 - “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; [4] by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”

Listening Guide

The Biblical mandate to teach children

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 - “[4] “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. [5] You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. [6] And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. [7] You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. [8] You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. [9] You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Psalm 78:1-8 - “[1] Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! [2] I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, [3] things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. [4] We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. [5] He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, [6] that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, [7] so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; [8] and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.

Ephesians 6:4 - “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”


We should teach our children a biblical worldview… trinity, creation, covenant, worship, sin, redemption, sincere faith. Help them make sense of God and the world from a Biblical, Christian point of view.

Parenting in Proverbs - what should we teach the next generation according to Proverbs?

Fear of the Lord (this was part 1 in the parenting series)

Proverbs 1:7 - “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Character: righteousness, generosity, honesty, diligence, avoiding temptation,  etc.

Proverbs 1:8-19

Proverbs 22:1 - “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.”

Self Control: Alcohol, Sex, and Anger

Proverbs 21:17 - “Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.”

Proverbs 6:27-28 - “Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? [28] Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?”

Proverbs 5:15-16 - “Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. [16] Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets?”

Respond to Correction, Discipline (this is part 3 in the parenting series)

Proverbs 3:11-12 - “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights”

Proverbs 15:5 - “A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.”

Proverbs 13:1 - “A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.”

Proverbs 13:24 - “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.”

Proverbs 12:1 - “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.”

Finances (Mark preached on this a few weeks ago)

Proverbs 15:27 - “Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.”

Proverbs 17:2 - “A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.”

Work, productivity, and contribution (I will preach on this in two weeks)

Proverbs 10:4-5 - “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame”

Proverbs 12:11 - “Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense” 

Proverbs 18:9 - Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

Words (Larry preached on this a few weeks ago)

Proverbs 17:27-28 - “Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. [28] Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”


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