Deuteronomy 21:18
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New International Version
If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him,

New Living Translation
"Suppose a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or mother, even though they discipline him.

English Standard Version
“If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them,

New American Standard Bible
"If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them,

King James Bible
If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father or mother and doesn't listen to them even after they discipline him,

International Standard Version
"If a man has a stubborn son who does not obey his parents, and although they try to discipline him, he still refuses to pay attention to them,

NET Bible
If a person has a stubborn, rebellious son who pays no attention to his father or mother, and they discipline him to no avail,

New Heart English Bible
If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and, though they chasten him, will not listen to them;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Parents might have a stubborn and rebellious son who doesn't obey them. Even though they punish him, he still won't listen to them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, that will not hearken to the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and though they chasten him, will not hearken unto them;

New American Standard 1977
“If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them,

Jubilee Bible 2000
When anyone has a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother and when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them,

King James 2000 Bible
If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:

American King James Version
If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not listen to them:

American Standard Version
If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, that will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and, though they chasten him, will not hearken unto them;

Douay-Rheims Bible
If a man have a stubborn and unruly son, who will not hear the commandments of his father or mother, and being corrected, slighteth obedience:

Darby Bible Translation
If a man have an unmanageable and rebellious son, who hearkeneth not unto the voice of his father, nor unto the voice of his mother, and they have chastened him, but he hearkeneth not unto them;

English Revised Version
If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and though they chasten him, will not hearken unto them:

Webster's Bible Translation
If a man shall have a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and who, when they have chastened him, will not hearken to them:

World English Bible
If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and, though they chasten him, will not listen to them;

Young's Literal Translation
'When a man hath a son apostatizing and rebellious -- he is not hearkening to the voice of his father, and to the voice of his mother, and they have chastised him, and he doth not hearken unto them --
Study Bible
A Rebellious Son
17"But he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; to him belongs the right of the firstborn. 18"If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them, 19then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gateway of his hometown.…
Cross References
Ephesians 6:1
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Exodus 20:12
"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

Leviticus 19:3
'Every one of you shall reverence his mother and his father, and you shall keep My sabbaths; I am the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 21:19
then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gateway of his hometown.

1 Samuel 3:13
"For I have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons brought a curse on themselves and he did not rebuke them.

Proverbs 1:8
Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mother's teaching;

Jeremiah 5:23
'But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; They have turned aside and departed.
Treasury of Scripture

If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not listen to them:

have a stubborn

Proverbs 28:24 Whoever robs his father or his mother, and said, It is no transgression; …

Proverbs 30:11,17 There is a generation that curses their father, and does not bless …

Isaiah 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD has spoken, …

obey the voice

Deuteronomy 27:16 Cursed be he that sets light by his father or his mother. And all …

Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long on …

Exodus 21:15,17 And he that smites his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death…

Leviticus 19:3 You shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my …

Leviticus 21:9 And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing …

Proverbs 15:5 A fool despises his father's instruction: but he that regards reproof …

Proverbs 20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out …

Ezekiel 22:7 In you have they set light by father and mother: in the middle of …

when they

Deuteronomy 8:5 You shall also consider in your heart, that, as a man chastens his …

2 Samuel 7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, …

Proverbs 13:24 He that spares his rod hates his son: but he that loves him chastens …

Proverbs 19:18 Chasten your son while there is hope, and let not your soul spare …

Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction …

Proverbs 23:13,14 Withhold not correction from the child: for if you beat him with …

Proverbs 29:17 Correct your son, and he shall give you rest; yes, he shall give …

Hebrews 12:9-11 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, …

will not

Isaiah 1:5 Why should you be stricken any more? you will revolt more and more: …

Jeremiah 5:3 O LORD, are not your eyes on the truth? you have stricken them, but …

Jeremiah 31:18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; You have chastised …

Ezekiel 24:13 In your filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged you, and you …

Amos 4:11,12 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, …

Deuteronomy 21:18-21. THE INCORRIGIBLE SON.

(18) If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son.--Here we are again reminded that the Law of Jehovah was also the civil and criminal law of Israel. The systematic breach of the first commandment of the second table of the Law, no less than of the first commandment of the first table, entailed the penalty of death. Manifestly this enactment, if carried out, would be a great protection to the country against lawless and abandoned characters, and would rid it of one very large element in the dangerous classes.

(20) Stubborn and rebellious.--The Hebrew words became proverbial as the worst form of reproach, srr -mreh. This word mreh was the one employed by Moses, when, speaking "unadvisedly" (Numbers 20:10), he said to the people, "Hear now, ye rebels, must we fetch you water out of this rock?" It appears in the Revised New Testament, in the margin of St. Matthew 5:22, for "thou fool." But the Greek word there employed is true Greek, and has its own affinities in the New Testament. And the word mreh is true Hebrew. They may be idiomatically synonymous. They are not etymologically identical.

A glutton and a drunkard.--The same two words are found in Proverbs 23:20-22, "Be not among wine bibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Hearken unto thy father that begat thee; and despise not thy mother when she is old." The context of this quotation seems to make it a distinct reference to the law in Deuteronomy 21

(21) Shall stone him with stones.--Rashi says that the Law cuts short the man's career, anticipating what its close will be. When he has spent all his father's money, he will take to the road, and become a public robber. It is better that he die innocent of such crimes than guilty. We can hardly adopt this view of the case; but it contains one feature that is terribly true.

Verses 18-21. - If a son was refractory and unmanageable by his parents, if, given to sensual indulgence, he would yield neither to reproof nor to chastisement, - the parents were to lay hold on him, and lead him to the elders of the town, sitting as magistrates at its gates, and there accuse him of his evil ways and rebelliousness. The testimony of the parents was apparently held sufficient to substantiate the charge, and this being received by the elders, the culprit was to be put to death by stoning. If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son,.... It is observed (w) that this law quickly follows, and is subjoined to that which relates to the marriage of a woman taken captive, because often from such marriages wicked and refractory children have sprung, and which they exemplify in the case of Absalom, whose mother they say David took in war and married: the character of such a son follows, and by which it may be known that he is stubborn and rebellious; stubborn in his nature, and rebellious in his actions; behaves contrary to the laws of God, and the instructions of his parents; what he should do, that he does not; and what he should not do, that he does; will not do what is commanded him, and will do what is forbidden him, notwithstanding all counsels, admonitions, and corrections given him:

which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother; is disobedient to the commands of either of them; see Proverbs 30:17 and, when they have chastened him, will not hearken to them; when they have reproved him by words, and corrected him with blows; the Jews understand this of scourging or beating by the order of the sanhedrim, after admonition given; it is said (x),"they admonish him before three (a court of judicature consisting of three judges), and they beat him; but it seems rather to respect private corrections of their own by words and stripes, which having no effect, they were to proceed as follows.''

(w) Moses Kotensis Mitzvot Torah, pr. affirm. 122. Kimchi in 2 Samuel 3. 3.((x) Misn. Sandedrin, c. 8. sect. 4. 18-21. If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son—A severe law was enacted in this case. But the consent of both parents was required as a prevention of any abuse of it; for it was reasonable to suppose that they would not both agree to a criminal information against their son except from absolute necessity, arising from his inveterate and hopeless wickedness; and, in that view, the law was wise and salutary, as such a person would be a pest and nuisance to society. The punishment was that to which blasphemers were doomed [Le 24:23]; for parents are considered God's representatives and invested with a portion of his authority over their children.21:18-21 Observe how the criminal is here described. He is a stubborn and rebellious son. No child was to fare the worse for weakness of capacity, slowness, or dulness, but for wilfulness and obstinacy. Nothing draws men into all manner of wickedness, and hardens them in it more certainly and fatally, than drunkenness. When men take to drinking, they forget the law of honouring parents. His own father and mother must complain of him to the elders of the city. Children who forget their duty, must thank themselves, and not blame their parents, if they are regarded with less and less affection. He must be publicly stoned to death by the men of his city. Disobedience to a parent's authority must be very evil, when such a punishment was ordered; nor is it less provoking to God now, though it escapes punishment in this world. But when young people early become slaves to sensual appetites, the heart soon grows hard, and the conscience callous; and we can expect nothing but rebellion and destruction.
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