Parents and Children
Deu 6:6 And these words (10 commandments) which I command
thee this day, shall be in thine heart: Deu 6:7 And thou shalt teach
them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou
sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when
thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Pro 19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul
spare for his crying.
Pro 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth
him chasteneth him betimes.
Pro 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod
of correction shall drive it far from him.
Pro 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou
beatest him with the rod, he shall not die Thou shalt beat him with
the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
Pro 29:17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he
shall give delight unto thy soul.
Mat 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not
worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is
not worthy of me.
Eph 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but
bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
"In the nurture - en paideia. The word used here means “training
of a child;” hence education, instruction, discipline. Here it means
that they are to train up their children in such a manner as the Lord
approves; that is, they are to educate them for virtue and religion.
And admonition - The word used here - nouthesia means
literally, “a putting in mind,” then warning, admonition,
instruction. The sense here is, that they were to put them in mind of
the Lord - of his existence, perfections, law, and claims on their
hearts and lives. This command is positive, and is in accordance
with all the requirements of the Bible on the subject. No one can
doubt that the Bible enjoins on parents the duty of endeavoring to
train up their children in the ways of religion, and of making it the
grand purpose of this life to prepare them for heaven. if a man does
not teach his children truth, others will teach them “error.” The
young sceptic that the child meets in the street; the artful infidel;
the hater of God; the unprincipled stranger; “will” teach the child.
But is it not better for a parent to teach his child the “truth” than for
a stranger to teach him error? These duties are plain, simple, easy
to be performed, and are such as a man “knows” he ought to
perform. If neglected, and the soul of the child be lost, a parent has
a most fearful account to render to God." (Barnes)