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It is wise to train your children in the ways of the Lord. They won’t follow His paths naturally because none of us do.

BibleGateway: Proverbs 22:6-16

ESV Text: Proverbs 22:6-16

Proverbs 22:6–16 (Listen)

  Train up a child in the way he should go;
    even when he is old he will not depart from it.
  The rich rules over the poor,
    and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
  Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
    and the rod of his fury will fail.
  Whoever has a bountiful1 eye will be blessed,
    for he shares his bread with the poor.
10   Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out,
    and quarreling and abuse will cease.
11   He who loves purity of heart,
    and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.
12   The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge,
    but he overthrows the words of the traitor.
13   The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!
    I shall be killed in the streets!”
14   The mouth of forbidden2 women is a deep pit;
    he with whom the LORD is angry will fall into it.
15   Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
    but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
16   Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth,
    or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.


[1] 22:9 Hebrew good

[2] 22:14 Hebrew strange


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:30 and ends at about 1:49

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     6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

     7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

     8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

     9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

     10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

     11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

     12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

     13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

     14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.

     15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

     16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 629 :
Let Children Hear the Mighty Deeds — Organ Audio

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1. Let children hear the mighty deeds 
Which God performed of old, 
Which in our younger days we saw, 
And which our fathers told. 

2. So make to them his glories known, 
His works of power and grace; 
And we’ll convey his wonders down 
Through every rising race. 

3. Our lips shall tell them to our sons, 
And they again to theirs 
That generations yet unborn 
May teach them to their heirs. 

4. Oh, teach them with all diligence 
The truths of god’s own Word, 
To place in him their confidence, 
To fear and trust their Lord. 

5. To learn that in our god alone 
Their hope securely stands, 
That they may never doubt his love 
But walk in his commands. 

Hymn: WS 747 :
Earth and All Stars