Proverbs 22:6
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New International Version
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

New Living Translation
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

English Standard Version
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

New American Standard Bible
Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

King James Bible
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

International Standard Version
Train a child in the way appropriate for him, and when he becomes older, he will not turn from it.

NET Bible
Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that reproves a boy concerning the beginning of his way, even if he becomes old he will not turn away from it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Train a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not turn away from it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

King James 2000 Bible
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

American King James Version
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

American Standard Version
Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is a proverb: A young man according to his way, even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Darby Bible Translation
Train up the child according to the tenor of his way, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

English Revised Version
Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

World English Bible
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Young's Literal Translation
Give instruction to a youth about his way, Even when he is old he turneth not from it.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22:1 We should be more careful to do that by which we may get and keep a good name, than to raise or add unto a great estate. 2. Divine Providence has so ordered it, that some are rich, and others poor, but all are guilty before God; and at the throne of God's grace the poor are as welcome as the rich. 3. Faith foresees the evil coming upon sinners, and looks to Jesus Christ as the sure refuge from the storm. 4. Where the fear of God is, there will be humility. And much is to be enjoyed by it; spiritual riches, and eternal life at last. 5. The way of sin is vexatious and dangerous. But the way of duty is safe and easy. 6. Train children, not in the way they would go, that of their corrupt hearts, but in the way they should go; in which, if you love them, you would have them go. As soon as possible every child should be led to the knowledge of the Saviour. 7. This shows how important it is for every man to keep out of debt. As to the things of this life, there is a difference between the rich and the poor; but let the poor remember, it is the Lord that made the difference. 8. The power which many abuse, will soon fail them. 9. He that seeks to relieve the wants and miseries of others shall be blessed. 10. Profane scoffers and revilers disturb the peace. 11. God will be the Friend of a man in whose spirit there is no guile; this honour have all the saints. 12. God turns the counsels and designs of treacherous men to their own confusion. 13. The slothful man talks of a lion without, but considers not his real danger from the devil, that roaring lion within, and from his own slothfulness, which kills him. 14. The vile sin of licentiousness commonly besots the mind beyond recovery. 15. Sin is foolishness, it is in the heart, there is an inward inclination to sin: children bring it into the world with them; and it cleaves close to the soul. We all need to be corrected by our heavenly Father. 16. We are but stewards, and must distribute what God intrusts to our care, according to his will.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 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 the child should be trained from the first in the right path - the path of obedience and religion. This is a very true and valuable rule, but it is not what the author intends. "His way" must mean one of two things - either his future calling and station, or his character and natural inclination and capacity. Delitzsch and Plumptre take the latter interpretation; Nowack and Bertheau the former, on the ground that derek is not used in the other sense suggested. But, as far as use is concerned, both explanations stand on much the same ground; and it seems more in conformity with the moralist's age and nation to see in the maxim an injunction to consider the child's nature, faculties, and temperament, in the education which is given to him. If, from his early years, a child is thus trained, when he is old, he will not depart from it. This way, this education in accordance with his idiosyncrasy, will bear fruit all his life long; it will become a second nature, and will never be obliterated. The Vulgate commences the verse with Proverbium est, taking the first word substantively, as if the author here cited a trite saying; but the rendering is a mistake. There are similar maxims, common at all times and in all countries. Virg., 'Georg.,' 2:272 -

"Adeo in teneris consuescere multum est." Horace, 'Epist.,' 1:2, 67 -

"Nunc adbibe puro
Pectore verba, puer."
For, as he proceeds -

"Quo semel est imbuta recens, servabit odorem
Testa diu."
Thus we have two mediaeval jingles -

"Cui puer assuescit, major dimittere nescit."
"Quod nova testa capit, inveterata sapit."
Then there is the German saw, "Jung gewohnt, alt gethan." "What youth learns, age does not forget," says the Danish proverb. In another and a sad sense the French exclaim, "St jeunesse savait! si vieillesse pouvait!" All the early manuscripts of the Septuagint omit this verse; m some of the later it has been supplied from Theodotion.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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; by praying with them and for them, by bringing them under the means of grace, the ministry of the word, by instructing them in the principles of religion, teaching them their duty to God and man, and setting them good examples of a holy life and conversation; and this is to be done according to their capacity, and as they are able to understand and receive the instructions given them: "according to the mouth of his way" (s), as it may be literally rendered; as soon as he is able to speak or go, even from his infancy; or as children are fed by little bits, or a little at a time, as their mouths can receive it;

and when he is old he will not depart from it; not easily, nor ordinarily; there are exceptions to this observation; but generally, where there is a good education, the impressions of it do not easily wear off, nor do men ordinarily forsake a good way they have been brought up in (t); and, however, when, being come to years of maturity and understanding, their hearts are seasoned with the grace of God, they are then enabled to put that in practice which before they had only in theory, and so continue in the paths of truth and holiness.

(s) "super os viae suae", Montanus; "ad os viae ejus", Schultens. (t) "Quo semel est imbuta recens servabit odorem testa diu", Horat. l. 1. Ep. 2. v. 69.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. Train—initiate, or early instruct.

the way—literally, "his way," that selected for him in which he should go; for early training secures habitual walking in it.

Proverbs 22:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Good Name More Desirable than Riches
5Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards himself will be far from them. 6Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. 7The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender's slave.…
Cross References
Ephesians 6:4
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 4:9
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

Deuteronomy 11:19
Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Treasury of Scripture

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

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Deuteronomy 6:7 And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk …

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Ephesians 6:4 And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them …

2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures…

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1 Samuel 1:28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives he …

1 Samuel 2:26 And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favor both with the LORD, …

1 Samuel 12:2,3 And now, behold, the king walks before you: and I am old and gray …

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