In the book of Proverbs, there are two words mentioned over and over again that stand out to me when I read it. “My son”.
22 times, Solomon uses these words to begin his writing.
This leads me to believe that Solomon was a man who loved his family and had his children in mind when he wrote this book. He wanted them to do well, just like any other normal parent would.
Solomon was blessed with great wisdom from God, so if he is giving advice directly to his son, then it certainly would be wise for us, as parents, to hear and study what he has to say.
Below, are all the verses of Proverbs, written by Solomon, where he is addressing his son directly. Read these verses carefully and take note of the advice and wisdom that Solomon is trying to get across to his son. Maybe they can be good teaching points to share with your own children.
(All scripture is from the King James Version)
My son, hear the instruction of thy father and forsake not the law of thy mother.
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not,
My son, walk not thou, in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide thy commandments with thee;
My son, forget not thy law but let thine hear keep my commandments:
2 For length of days and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
My son, despise not the chastening of The Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste.
My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
My son, be wise and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.