Behold, (A)children are a heritage from the Lord,
    (B)the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of (C)a warrior
    are the children[a] of one's youth.
Blessed is the man
    who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
    when he speaks with his enemies (D)in the gate.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 127:4 Or sons
  2. Psalm 127:5 Or They shall not be put to shame when they speak with their enemies in the gate

He (A)gives the barren woman a home,
    making her the joyous mother of children.
(B)Praise the Lord!

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and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,

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(A)Train up a child in the way he should go;
    even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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Yet you are he who (A)took me from the womb;
    you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth,
    and from (B)my mother's womb you have been my God.

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And (A)these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. (B)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. (C)You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. (D)You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

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21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

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Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, (A)but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

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15 (A)The rod and reproof give wisdom,
    but a child left to himself (B)brings shame to his mother.
16 When the wicked increase, transgression increases,
    but (C)the righteous will look upon their downfall.
17 (D)Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;
    he will give delight to your heart.

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24 (A)Whoever spares the rod hates his son,
    but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 13:24 Or who loves him disciplines him early

A Rebellious Son

18 “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, 19 then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, 20 and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ 21 (A)Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. (B)So you shall purge the evil from your midst, (C)and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

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12 (A)“Honor your father and your mother, (B)that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

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The Enticement of Sinners

(A)Hear, my son, your father's instruction,
    and forsake not your mother's teaching,
for they are (B)a graceful garland for your head
    and (C)pendants for your neck.

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44 “Behold, everyone (A)who uses proverbs will use this proverb about you: ‘Like mother, like daughter.’ 45 You are the daughter of your mother, who loathed her husband and her children; and you are the sister of (B)your sisters, who loathed their husbands and their children. (C)Your mother was a Hittite and (D)your father an Amorite.

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Not Peace, but a Sword

34 (A)“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. (B)I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 (C)For I have come (D)to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 (E)And a person's enemies will be those of his own household. 37 (F)Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And (G)whoever does not take his cross and (H)follow me is not worthy of me. 39 (I)Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

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