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Message of the Day: Obedience To Parents

My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck
.” (Proverbs 1:8-9, NKJV)

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Chapter 1 of the book of Proverbs serve as the preamble of the book: To promote wisdom, discipline, understanding, righteousness, justice, equity, prudence, knowledge, discretion, learning, guidance (vv. 2–7). Wisdom (found 41 times in the book) is more than knowledge and insight; it includes skill in living a morally sound life.
The starting point of wisdom is the fear of God (v. 7); next, paying attention to parental instruction (vv. 8– 9) and avoiding bad companions (vv. 10–19).

Parental instruction (1:8-9) depicts as a domestic situation of a father preparing his son for life in the world. Here and in 6:20 the mother is also depicted as teacher. Throughout these instructions the writer speaks as a father to a son, drawing from his own experience to give advice and warning. Wisdom cries aloud her warnings, but if these warnings are ignored, the consequences are dire indeed (vv. 20–33).

Moral qualities are our true ornaments. All the graces of the Spirit are lovely; but the foremost of them is our reverential regard for our parents. It is an adornment of surpassing beauty. Love, obey, cherish, reverence our parents. These ornaments will not be out of date when time has run its course.

The first and great commandment is the fear of God, and the second, which is next to it and like to it, is obedience to parents.


Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

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