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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Proverbs 22:6

Here is, 1. A great duty enjoined, particularly to those that are the parents and instructors of children, in order to the propagating of wisdom, that it may not die with them: Train up children in that age of vanity, to keep them from the sins and snares of it, in that learning age, to prepare them for what they are designed for. Catechise them; initiate them; keep them under discipline. Train them as soldiers, who are taught to handle their arms, keep rank, and observe the word of command.... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go ,.... As Abraham trained up his children, and those born in his house, in the way of the Lord, in the paths of justice and judgment; which are the ways in which they should go, and which will be to their profit and advantage; see Genesis 14:14 ; and which is the duty of parents and masters in all ages, and under the present Gospel dispensation, even to bring such who are under their care in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, Ephesians 6:4 ;... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go - The Hebrew of this clause is curious: דרכו פי על לנער חנך chanoch lannaar al pi darco , "Initiate the child at the opening (the mouth) of his path." When he comes to the opening of the way of life, being able to walk alone, and to choose; stop at this entrance, and begin a series of instructions, how he is to conduct himself in every step he takes. Show him the duties, the dangers, and the blessings of the path; give him directions how to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 22:1-16

The theme of the earlier part of the chapter may be said to be the good name: the blessings in the possession of it, and the conditions for the acquirement of it—partly negatively, partly positively, described. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go. The verb translated "train" ( chanak ) means, first, "to put something into the mouth," "to give to be tasted," as nurses give to infants food which they have masticated in order to prepare it for their nurslings; thence it comes to signify "to give elementary instruction," "to imbue," "to train." The Hebrew literally is, Initiate a child in accordance with his way. The Authorized Version, with which Ewald agrees, takes the maxim to mean that... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 22:6

The training of a child I. THE NEED OF THE TRAINING . This arises from various causes. 1 . An undeveloped condition. Each child begins a new life. If all that were desirable could be found wrapped up in his soul, this would need to be developed by education. 2 . Ignorance. The child does not come into the world with a ready made stock of knowledge. He must learn truth and be made to see the right path, which is at first unknown to him. 3 . Weakness. The child... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 22:6

Parental training Very many parental hearts have leaned their weight of hope on these cheering words—many to be sustained and gladdened, some to be disappointed. We look at— I. THE BROAD SPHERE OF PARENTAL TRAINING . What is the way in which a child should be trained to go? It is one that comprehends much. It includes: 1 . Manners. These are not of the first importance, but they have their value. And if politeness, demeanour, bearing, be not engraven in the young, it... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 22:6-12

Means to the preservation of the good name I. EARLY TRAINING . ( Proverbs 22:6 .) The young twig must be early bent. Experience teaches us that nothing in the world is so mighty for good or evil as custom; and therefore, says Lord Bacon, "since custom is the principal magistrate of man's life, let man by all means endeavour to obtain good customs. Custom is most perfect when it beginneth in young years; this we call education, which is in effect but an early custom. The tongue is... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Proverbs 22:6

Proverbs 22:6. Train up Hebrew, חנךְ , initiate, or instruct; a child in the way he should go Or, according to his way, that is, in that course or manner of life which thou wouldest have him to choose and follow. Or, as some render the clause, in the beginning of his way, that is, in his tender years, as soon as he is capable of receiving instruction, the Hebrew על פי דרכו , signifying, literally, in the mouth of his way, and the mouth being often put for the beginning or ... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Proverbs 22:1-16

Children and adults (22:1-16)People vary in reputation and status, but they should respect one another as being equally God’s creatures (22:1-2). Wise people will act with caution and humility. They will bring up their children in a way that prepares them for the experiences they will face in the life ahead (3-6). Those who borrow will fall into the power of the lenders, and this can lead to unjust treatment of the poor by the rich. Such oppression will be punished, but generosity will be... read more

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