Above all, Scripture makes us wise for salvation through faith in Christ (2 Timothy 3:15). It also instructs and transforms us in godly wisdom for daily life.
The book of Proverbs is one of the richest sources for helping parents guide themselves and instruct their children in godly wisdom.
The instructions in Proverbs are given from the home, from father and mother, to son (Proverbs 1:8, 31:1). This is God’s wisdom. It is more valuable than silver and gold (Proverbs 3:13-15), and its purpose is clear:
“…for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young.” (Proverbs 1:2-4)
Below are some highlights from Proverbs that mention children. Some speak to the blessing wise parents are to their children and grandchildren. Others describe the reward a wise son or daughter is to their parents. All are helpful for a healthy life (Proverbs 3:8).
Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. (8:32)
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. (13:22)
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. (13:24)
Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge. (14:26)
Grandchildren are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. (17:6)
To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool. (17:21)
A foolish child is a father’s ruin. (19:13)
Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death. (19:18)
Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother is a child who brings shame and disgrace. (19:26)
The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them. (20:7)
Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright? (20:11)
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (22:6)
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away. (22:15)
The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. (23:24)
Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire. (29:17)
Her (the wife of noble character, v. 10) children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. (31:28)
Make the book of Proverbs a regular part of your family’s pursuit of godly wisdom.
“Nothing you desire can compare with her.” (Proverbs 3:15)