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VERBAL ADMONITIONS TO OUR CHILDREN FROM PROVERBS

You may say to your children: - when an unwillingness to receive godly counsel, instruction, or rebuke, or when acting like a fool: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction, Proverbs 1:7. ! son, do not re"ect the discipline of the Lord, or loathe #is reproof, for whom the Lord loves #e reproves, even as a father, the son in whom he delights, Proverbs $:11,1%. &hoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid, Proverbs 1%:1. -when a desire to s !! "# to $eer $ress re% ! son, if sinners entice !ou, do not consent. 'f the! sa!, ()ome with us. . .* do not walk in the wa! with them. +eep !our feet from their path, Proverbs 1:1,,1-. - when a temptation to sexual perversion or licentiousness: . harlot is a deep pit, and an adulterous woman is a narrow well. /urel! she lurks as a robber, and increases the faithless among men, Proverbs %$:%7,%0. . man who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but he who keeps compan! with harlots wastes his wealth, Proverbs %1:$. - when tempted to wickedness and ungodliness: The wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be uprooted from it, Proverbs %:%%. #e who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life, and he who pursues evil will bring about his own death, Proverbs 11:11. #e who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is crooked in his wa!s despises #im, Proverbs 12:%. - when a desire to do “one’s own thing”: 3o not be wise in !our own e!es; fear the Lord and turn awa! from evil. 't will be healing to !our bod!, and refreshment to !our bones, Proverbs $:7,0. There is a wa! which seems right to man, but its end is the wa! of death, Proverbs 12:1%.

The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, but the naive go on and are punished for it, Proverbs %%:$. - when a desire to hoard, be selfish with one’s possessions: #onor the Lord from !our wealth, and from the first of all !our produce; so !our barns will be filled with plent!, and !our vats will overflow with new wine, Proverbs $:1,1,. 3o not sa! to !our neighbor, (4o, and come back, and tomorrow ' will give it,* when !ou have it with !ou, Proverbs $:%0. - when tempted to be contentious, strident, argumentative: 3o not contend with a man without cause, if he has done !ou no harm, Proverbs $:$,. The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the 5uarrel before it breaks out, Proverbs 17:12. .n arrogant man stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will prosper, Proverbs %0:%-. - when tempted to be envious, to emulate the wicked and godless: 3o not env! a man of violence, and do not choose an! of his wa!s. 6or the crooked man is an abomination to the Lord; but #e is intimate with the upright, Proverbs $:$1,$%. 7o harm befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble, Proverbs 1%:%1. 3o not fret because of evildoers, or be envious of the wicked; for there will be no future for the evil man; the lamp of the wicked will be put out, Proverbs %2:11,%,. - when deceitful, devious, divisive, profane, lying, slanderous in speech: Put awa! from !ou a deceitful mouth, and put devious lips far from !ou, Proverbs 2:%2. The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverted, Proverbs 1,:$%. Truthful lips will be established forever, but a l!ing tongue is onl! for a moment, Proverbs 1%:11. . perverse man spreads strife, and a slanderer separates intimate friends, Proverbs 18:%0. Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, so is the man who deceives his neighbor, and sa!s, (&as ' not "oking9* Proverbs %8:10.

- when tempted by the riches, glitter, and sensuality of this world: :etter is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure and turmoil with it, Proverbs 1-:18. 3o not wear! !ourself to gain wealth, cease from !our consideration of it. &hen !ou set !our e!es on it, it is gone. 6or wealth certainl! makes itself wings, like an eagle that flies toward the heavens, Proverbs %$:2,-. . man with an evil e!e hastens after wealth, and does not know that want will come upon him, Proverbs %0:%%. - how to spot a godless, sensuous, unprincipled woman: 6or the lips of an adulterous drip hone!, and smoother than oil is her speech; but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two;edged sword. #er feet go down to death, her steps la! hold of /heol. /he does not ponder the path of life; her wa!s are unstable, she does not know it, Proverbs -:$;8. To keep !ou from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress. 3o not desire her beaut! in !our heart, nor let her catch !ou with her e!elids, Proverbs 8:%2,%-. This is the wa! of an adulterous woman; she eats and wipes her mouth, and sa!s, (' have done no wrong,* Proverbs $,:%,. - when tempted to do business with the unscrupulous: ! son, if !ou have become suret! for !our neighbor, have given a pledge for a stranger, if !ou have been snared with the words of !our mouth. . .do not give sleep to !our e!es, nor slumber to !our e!elids; deliver !ourself like a ga<elle from the hunter=s hand, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler, Proverbs 8:1;-. 3o not be among those who give pledges, among those who become sureties for debts. 'f !ou have nothing with which to pa!, wh! should he take !our bed from under !ou9 Proverbs %%:%8, %7. - when tempted to la iness, irresponsibility, negligence: 4o to the ant, > sluggard, observe her wa!s and be wise, which, having no chief, officer, or ruler, prepares her food in the summer, and gathers her provision in the harvest. #ow long will !ou lie down, > sluggard9 &hen will !ou arise from !our sleep9 (. little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest*, and !our povert! will come in like a vagabond, and !our need like an armed man, Proverbs 8:8;11.

Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. #e who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisel!, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefull!, Proverbs 1,:2,-. 'n all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads onl! to povert!, Proverbs 12:%$. #e who is slack in his work, is a brother to him who destro!s, Proverbs 10:1. La<iness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle man will suffer hunger, Proverbs 11:1-. The desire of the sluggard puts him to death, for his hands refuse to work, Proverbs %1:%-. - how to spot worthless and godless people and why we don’t run with them: 6rom the fruit of a man=s mouth he en"o!s good, but the desire of the treacherous is violence, Proverbs 1$:%. 6ools mock at sin, but among the upright there is good will, Proverbs 12:1. 3o not associate with a man given to anger; or go with a hot;tempered man, lest !ou learn his wa!s, and find a snare for !ourself, Proverbs %%:%2,%-. - when your child throws temper tantrums: . 5uick tempered man acts foolishl!, and a man of evil devices is hated, Provers 12:17. #e who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is 5uick;tempered e?alts foll!, Proverbs 12:%1. . man of great anger shall bear the penalt!, for if !ou rescue him, !ou will onl! have to do it again, Proverbs 11:11. - when tempted to deceive or cheat in order to gain wealth: 'll;gotten gains do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death, Proverbs 1,:%. The integrit! of the upright will guide them, but the falseness of the treacherous will destro! them, Proverbs 11:$. &ealth obtained b! fraud dwindles, but the one who gathers b! labor increases it, Proverbs 1$:11. 3iffering weights and differing measures, both of them are abominable to the Lord, Proverbs %,:1,.

- when your child says that he hates someone, speaks rashly, or seeks revenge: #atred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions, Proverbs 1,:1%. &ith his mouth the godless man destro!s his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered, Proverbs 11:1. . gentle answer turns awa! wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger, Proverbs 1-:1. #e who returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house, Proverbs 17:1$. 3o not sa!, (' will repa! evil,* wait for the Lord, and #e will save !ou, Proverbs %,:%%. - when your child talks too much, says inappropriate things: The wise of heart will receive commands, but the babbling fool will be thrown down, Proverbs 1,:0. &hen there are man! words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise, Proverbs 1,:11. . fool=s lips bring strife, and his mouth calls for blows. . fool=s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are the snare of his soul, Proverbs 10:8,7. 3o !ou see a man who is hast! in his words9 There is more hope for a fool than for him, Proverbs %1:%,. - when your child boasts, displays pride, looks down on the poor: :etter is he who is lightl! esteemed and has a servant, than he who honors himself and lacks bread, Proverbs 1%:1. #e who oppresses the poor reproaches his honors #im, Proverbs 12:$1. aker, but he who is gracious to the need!

The Lord will tear down the house of the proud, but #e will establish the boundar! of the widow, Proverbs 1-:%-. :efore destruction the heart of man is haught!, but humilit! goes before honor, Proverbs 10:1%. The righteous is concerned about the rights of the poor, the wicked does not understand such concern, Proverbs %1:7.

- when your child is cruel to your pet: . righteous man has regard for the life of his beast, but the compassion of the wicked is cruel, Proverbs 1%:1,. - when your child is tempted to drink or take drugs: &ine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is into?icated b! it is not wise, Proverbs %,:1. #e who loves pleasure will become a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not become rich, Proverbs %1:17. 3o not be with heav! drinkers of wine, or with gluttonous eaters of meat. 6or the heav! drinker and the glutton will come to povert!, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags, Proverbs %$:%1. - when you discipline with the rod, remind your child of the “why!”: #e who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligentl!, Proverbs 1$:%2. 3iscipline !our son while there is hope, and do not desire his death, Proverbs 11:10. 6oolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of discipline will remove it far from him, Proverbs %%:1-. 3o not hold back discipline from the child, although !ou beat him with the rod, he will not die. @ou shall beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from /heol.* Proverbs %$:1$,12. The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child who gets his own wa! brings shame to his mother, Proverbs %1:1-.

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