King James Version (KJV)
20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and
forsake not the law of thy mother:
21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and
tie them about thy neck.
22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when
thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with
23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law
is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of
What parent would not love these verses?? I know I loved them and used them in my parenting. Most commentaries, of course, use these verses as a warning against adultery. And they are a good warning in regard to that. But I believe much more can be applied.
These verses are a good admonishment in any decision we may have in our life. They simply display a good way to live our life.
I am thankful for the good parents I have; they taught me the ways of the Lord and reminded me to keep His word. The words of ones parents, handed down for generations, is strength and stability. It is security and direction. There is most often wisdom in their years of experience.
Godly instruction and commandments are a light to our feet, not something that confines. Bind these words upon your heart continually,
not just when it is convenient. Tie them about your neck – they are a yoke that is light and will keep one on the straight path.
Reproofs of instruction, (something not very popular, today) teach us gently as we walk through this life. It is not something we should ignore, but rather something to cling
Matthew 11: 28-30