Thought for Today


Proverbs regarding youths

Although 'youth' means 'young person', the proverbs below focus more on males; such was the way of thinking when these proverbs were written, perhaps 3,000 years ago. See also Why the Church Does Not Like Women

  1. To impart shrewdness to the morally naive, and a discerning plan to the young person.

    Prov. 1:4 (read whole chapter)

  2. My child, if sinners try to entice you, do not consent!
    If they say, "Come with us! We will lie in wait to shed blood; we will ambush an innocent person capriciously.
    We will swallow them alive like Sheol, those full of vigor like those going down to the Pit.
    We will seize all kinds of precious wealth; we will fill our houses with plunder.
    Join with us! We will all share equally in what we steal."
    My child, do not go down their way, withhold yourself from their path;

    Prov. 1:10-15 (read whole chapter)

  3. My child, if you receive my words, and store up my commands within you,
    by making your ear attentive to wisdom, and by turning your heart to understanding,
    indeed, if you call out for discernment - raise your voice for understanding -
    if you seek it like silver, and search for it like hidden treasure,
    then you will understand how to fear the LORD, and you will discover knowledge about God.

    Prov. 2:1-5 (read whole chapter)

  4. My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,

    Prov. 3:1 (read whole chapter)

  5. Listen, children, to a father's instruction, and pay attention so that you may gain discernment.
    Because I give you good instruction, do not forsake my teaching.
    When I was a son to my father, a tender only child before my mother,
    he taught me, and he said to me:"Let your heart lay hold of my words; keep my commands so that you will live.

    Prov. 4:1-4 (read whole chapter)

  6. My child, be attentive to my wisdom, pay close attention to my understanding,

    Prov. 5:1 (read whole chapter)

  7. My child, if you have made a pledge for your neighbor, and have become a guarantor for a stranger,

    Prov. 6:1 (read whole chapter)

  8. A wise son accepts his father's discipline, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

    Prov. 13:1 (read whole chapter)

  9. If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will stray from the words of knowledge.

    Prov. 19:27 (read whole chapter)

  10. The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is gray hair.

    Prov. 20:29 (read whole chapter)

  11. Give me your heart, my son, and let your eyes observe my ways;

    Prov. 23:26 (read whole chapter)


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