Christian Home Life

Child Training

All Bible texts are from the King James Version.


Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalms 127:3



How are parents to train a child?

2 Samuel 7:14 "I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:"

Proverbs 1:8-10 "My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not."

Proverbs 3:11 & 12 "My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth."

Proverbs 4:1-5 "Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth."

Isaiah 38:19 "The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth."

Joshua 4:21 "And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land."

Psalms 78:3-8 "Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God."

Ephesians 6:4 "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."

Colossians 3:21 "Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged."

Psalms 89:30-33 "If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail."

Proverbs 13:24 "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes."

Proverbs 22:15 "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."

Proverbs 23:13 & 14 "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."

Proverbs 29:15 & 17 "The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. . . Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul."




When are parents to teach their children?

Deuteronomy 11:19 "And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."




What are parents to teach their children?

Exodus 20:12 "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee."

Leviticus 19:3 "Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God."

Leviticus 19:32 "Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD."

Psalms 78:3-8 "Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God."

Ephesians 6:1 "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right."

Colossians 3:20 "Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord."




What are wise and foolish children to their parents?

Proverbs 10:1 "A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother."

Proverbs 17:21 & 25 "He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy. . . A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him."

Proverbs 19:26 "He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach."

Proverbs 23:24-26 "The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice. My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways."

Proverbs 28:7 "Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father."




Are children to listen to their parents only while they are young?

Exodus 18:24 "So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said."

Proverbs 23:22 "Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old."




Even a child in known by his doings, whether his work be pure,
and whether is be right. Proverbs 20:11



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