Family in Proverbs

The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about family life. Over the next few weeks I will be reviewing principles that families can learn to be encouraged and better equipped for relating to one another.

Feb 1
Raising Upward: Parenting Requires Purpose. This message will help locate a target and some goals for which parents can aim.

Feb 8
Raising Inward: Parenting Requires Discipline. This message will help bring intentionality and consistency in the day-to-day of parenting. Take heart, you may not be a perfect parent but you can be a praying parent.

Feb 15
Raising Outward: Parenting Requires Release. This message will help parents launch children into maturity and mission for their lives. We will also discuss some aspects of relating to children who are grown and sometimes boomerang back into childishness.

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Below is a list of 80 verses that relate to families: parents, husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, children, etc. Undoubtedly, there are more that indirectly relate but this is a great introduction. The book of Proverbs itself has 31 chapters and would be worthy reading for one chapter a day each month. Perhaps you may want to take each of the below verses to discuss as a family around the dinner table or to personally memorize one or two each week.

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Ultimately, the Proverbs lead us to wisdom and the One who provides it generously to all who seek.

Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”


Pr 1:8
Chapter 1
8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
Pr 1:10
Chapter 1
10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
Pr 1:15
Chapter 1
15 my son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths,
Pr 2:1
Chapter 2
1 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,
Pr 3:1
Chapter 3
1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,
Pr 3:11
Chapter 3
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof,
Pr 3:12
Chapter 3
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
Pr 3:21
Chapter 3
21 My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion,
Pr 4:1
Chapter 4
1 Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight,
Pr 4:3
Chapter 4
3 When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
Pr 4:10
Chapter 4
10 Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many.
Pr 4:20
Chapter 4
20 My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
Pr 5:1
Chapter 5
1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,
Pr 5:7
Chapter 5
7 And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
Pr 5:18
Chapter 5
18 Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
Pr 5:20
Chapter 5
20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
Pr 6:1
Chapter 6
1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger,
Pr 6:3
Chapter 6
3 then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor.
Pr 6:20
Chapter 6
20 My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.
Pr 6:29
Chapter 6
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; none who touches her will go unpunished.
Pr 7:1
Chapter 7
1 My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you;
Pr 7:19
Chapter 7
19 For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey;
Pr 7:24
Chapter 7
24 And now, O sons, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
Pr 8:4
Chapter 8
4 “To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man.
Pr 8:31
Chapter 8
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.
Pr 8:32
Chapter 8
32 “And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways.
Pr 10:1
Chapter 10
1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
Pr 10:5
Chapter 10
5 He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
Pr 12:4
Chapter 12
4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
Pr 13:1
Chapter 13
1 A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
Pr 13:22
Chapter 13
22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
Pr 13:24
Chapter 13
24 Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
Pr 14:26
Chapter 14
26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.
Pr 15:5
Chapter 15
5 A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
Pr 15:11
Chapter 15
11 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord; how much more the hearts of the children of man!
Pr 15:20
Chapter 15
20 A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
Pr 17:2
Chapter 17
2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
Pr 17:6
Chapter 17
6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.
Pr 17:21
Chapter 17
21 He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy.
Pr 17:25
Chapter 17
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.
Pr 18:22
Chapter 18
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.
Pr 19:13
Chapter 19
13 A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.
Pr 19:14
Chapter 19
14 House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
Pr 19:18
Chapter 19
18 Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.
Pr 19:26
Chapter 19
26 He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who brings shame and reproach.
Pr 19:27
Chapter 19
27 Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
Pr 20:7
Chapter 20
7 The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!
Pr 20:11
Chapter 20
11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
Pr 20:20
Chapter 20
20 If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
Pr 21:9
Chapter 21
9 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
Pr 22:6
Chapter 22
6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Pr 22:15
Chapter 22
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
Pr 22:28
Chapter 22
28 Do not move the ancient landmark that your fathers have set.
Pr 23:13
Chapter 23
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.
Pr 23:15
Chapter 23
15 My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.
Pr 23:19
Chapter 23
19 Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.
Pr 23:22
Chapter 23
22 Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Pr 23:24
Chapter 23
24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.
Pr 23:25
Chapter 23
25 Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.
Pr 23:26
Chapter 23
26 My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.
Pr 24:13
Chapter 24
13 My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
Pr 24:21
Chapter 24
21 My son, fear the Lord and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise,
Pr 25:24
Chapter 25
24 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
Pr 27:10
Chapter 27
10 Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.
Pr 27:11
Chapter 27
11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.
Pr 27:15
Chapter 27
15 A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike;
Pr 28:7
Chapter 28
7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
Pr 28:24
Chapter 28
24 Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, “That is no transgression,” is a companion to a man who destroys.
Pr 29:3
Chapter 29
3 He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
Pr 29:15
Chapter 29
15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Pr 29:17
Chapter 29
17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.
Pr 30:11
Chapter 30
11 There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.
Pr 30:17
Chapter 30
17 The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.
Pr 30:23
Chapter 30
23 an unloved woman when she gets a husband, and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress.
Pr 31:1
Chapter 31
1 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:
Pr 31:2
Chapter 31
2 What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows?
Pr 31:10
Chapter 31
10 An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
Pr 31:11
Chapter 31
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.
Pr 31:23
Chapter 31
23 Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.
Pr 31:28
Chapter 31
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:



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