Proverbs 17:6
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New International Version
Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.

New Living Translation
Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children.

English Standard Version
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.

New American Standard Bible
Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers.

King James Bible
Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, and the pride of sons is their fathers.

International Standard Version
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the pride of children is their parents.

NET Bible
Grandchildren are like a crown to the elderly, and the glory of children is their parents.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Grandchildren are the crown of old men and the glory of children is their fathers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Grandchildren are the crown of grandparents, and parents are the glory of their children.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Children's children are the crown of old men, and the honour of the children are their fathers.

King James 2000 Bible
Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children is their fathers.

American King James Version
Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

American Standard Version
Children's children are the crown of old men; And the glory of children are their fathers.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Children's children are the crown of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers.

Darby Bible Translation
Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

English Revised Version
Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

Webster's Bible Translation
Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children is their fathers.

World English Bible
Children's children are the crown of old men; the glory of children are their parents.

Young's Literal Translation
Sons' sons are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons are their fathers.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:4. Flatterers, especially false teachers, are welcome to those that live in sin. 5. Those that laugh at poverty, treat God's providence and precepts with contempt. 6. It is an honour to children to have wise and godly parents continued to them, even after they are grown up and settled in the world. 7. A fool, in Solomon's Proverbs, signifies a wicked man, whom excellent speech does not become, because his conversation contradicts it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Children's children are the crown of old men (comp. Psalm 127; Psalm 128). (For the term "crown," comp. Proverbs 16:18.) Thus St. Paul calls his converts his "joy and crown" (Philippians 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:19) In the East a large number of children is considered a great blessing, being a guarantee of the stability of the family. Thus writes Euripides ('Iph. Taur.,' 57) -

Στύλοι γὰρ οἴκων παῖδες εἰσιν ἄρσενες

"Male children are the pillars of the house." The glory of children are their fathers. A long line of good or celebrated ancestors is the glory of their descendants, and brings a blessing on them (see 1 Kings 11:13; 1 Kings 15:4). Hereditary nobility, based on descent from some eminent progenitor, may be a source of not unseemly pride, and a spur to a life worthy of such excellent ancestry.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Children's children are the crown of old men,.... Ancient parents. Grandfathers with the Jews are called old men, as Buxtorf (d) observes. A numerous progeny was reckoned a great blessing to a man; to have his table surrounded with children, as olive plants; to be encircled with a large family was a crown of glory (e); and to live to see children's children, a large number of grandchildren, was still a greater glory; and especially, as Jarchi observes, when these children, or children's children, were walking in a good way, in the good ways of religion and godliness, they trained them up in. Christ is the Ancient of days, the everlasting Father; and it is his glory, as Mediator, to see his seed, to have a numerous off spring; and which will endure for ever, as the days of heaven: ministers of the Gospel are spiritual fathers; and those who have been converted under their ministry wilt be their joy and "crown of rejoicing" at the last day, 1 Thessalonians 2:19;

and the glory of children are their fathers; who are wise, as Aben Ezra observes; and righteous, as Jarchi: if they are wise and good men, it is an honour to their children that they descend from them; nor are they ashamed to own their relation to them, but glory in it, as the Jews did in Abraham, saying, "We have Abraham for our father", Matthew 3:9, Luke 3:8, but, on the contrary, if their fathers are foolish or wicked, their children are ashamed of them, and do not care to acknowledge their descent from them; and such parents, who are an honour to their children, their children should be careful to tread in their steps, that they reflect no dishonour on them; particularly as it is our great honour and glory to have God for our father, to be his adopted sons and daughters, we should be followers of him as dear children, and be obedient ones.

(d) In Lex. Talmud. col. 684. (e) "Te felix natorum turba coronat", Claudian. de Raptu Prosperp. l. 1. v. 109.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. Prolonged posterity is a blessing, its cutting off a curse (Pr 13:22; Ps 109:13-15), hence children may glory in virtuous ancestry.

Proverbs 17:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Better a Dry Morsel with Quietness
5He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished. 6Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers. 7Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince.…
Cross References
Genesis 48:11
Israel said to Joseph, "I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too."

Exodus 20:12
"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Psalm 128:6
May you live to see your children's children-- peace be on Israel.

Proverbs 13:22
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.

Malachi 1:6
"A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?" says the LORD Almighty. "It is you priests who show contempt for my name. "But you ask, 'How have we shown contempt for your name?'
Treasury of Scripture

Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

children's

Genesis 50:23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation…

Job 42:16,17 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, …

Psalm 127:3-5 See, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb …

Psalm 128:3-6 Your wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of your house: …

and the

Exodus 3:14,15 And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shall you …

1 Kings 11:12 Notwithstanding in your days I will not do it for David your father's …

1 Kings 15:4 Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp …

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