Proverbs 23:22
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English Standard Version
Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

King James Bible
Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

American Standard Version
Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, And despise not thy mother when she is old.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hearken to thy father, that beget thee: and despise not thy mother when she is old.

English Revised Version
Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hearken to thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The following proverb passes from the educator to the pupil:

15 My son, if thine heart becometh wise,

     My heart also in return will rejoice;

16 And my reins will exult

     If thy lips speak right things.

Wisdom is inborn in no one. A true Arab. proverb says, "The wise knows how the fool feels, for he himself was also once a fool;"

(Note: The second part of the saying is, "But a fool knows not how a wise man feels, for he has never been a wise man." I heard this many years ago, from the mouth of the American missionary Schaufler, in Constantinople.)

and folly is bound up in the heart of a child, according to Proverbs 22:15, which must be driven out by severe discipline. 15b, as many others, cf. Proverbs 22:19, shows that these "words of the wise" are penetrated by the subjectivity of an author; the author means: if thy heart becomes wise, so will mine in return, i.e., corresponding to it (cf. גּם, Genesis 20:6), rejoice. The thought of the heart in Proverbs 23:15 repeats itself in Proverbs 23:16, with reference to the utterance of the mouth. Regarding מישׁרים, vid., Proverbs 1:5. Regarding the "reins," כּליות (perhaps from כּלה, to languish, Job 19:21), with which the tender and inmost affections are connected, vid., Psychologie, p. 268f.

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hearken

Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, and forsake not the law of your mother:

Proverbs 6:20 My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not the law of your mother:

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that...

Deuteronomy 27:16 Cursed be he that sets light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Mark 7:10 For Moses said, Honor your father and your mother; and, Whoever curses father or mother, let him die the death:

Ephesians 6:1,2 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right...

despise

Proverbs 30:11 There is a generation that curses their father, and does not bless their mother.

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

Matthew 15:4-6 For God commanded, saying, Honor your father and mother: and, He that curses father or mother, let him die the death...

John 19:26,27 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he said to his mother, Woman, behold your son!...

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

Leviticus 19:32
"You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.

Proverbs 1:8
Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching,

Proverbs 15:20
A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Proverbs 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.

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