Proverbs 4:3
Verse (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother.

New Living Translation
For I, too, was once my father's son, tenderly loved as my mother's only child.

English Standard Version
When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,

New American Standard Bible
When I was a son to my father, Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,

King James Bible
For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When I was a son with my father, tender and precious to my mother,

International Standard Version
When I was a son to my father, not yet strong and an only son to my mother,

NET Bible
When I was a son to my father, a tender only child before my mother,

New Heart English Bible
For I was a son to my father, tender and an only child in the sight of my mother.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For I have been a delightful son to my father and an only child in the presence of my mother.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When I was a boy [learning] from my father, when I was a tender and only child of my mother,

JPS Tanakh 1917
For I was a son unto my father, Tender and an only one in the sight of my mother.

New American Standard 1977
When I was a son to my father,
            Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I was my father's son, tender and unique in the sight of my mother.

King James 2000 Bible
For I was my father's son, tender and the only one in the sight of my mother.

American King James Version
For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

American Standard Version
For I was a son unto my father, Tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I also was my father's son, tender and as an only son in the sight of my mother:

Darby Bible Translation
For I was a son unto my father, tender and an only one in the sight of my mother.

English Revised Version
For I was a son unto my father, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

World English Bible
For I was a son to my father, tender and an only child in the sight of my mother.

Young's Literal Translation
For, a son I have been to my father -- tender, And an only one before my mother.
Study Bible
Listen to a Father's Instruction
2For I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon my instruction. 3When I was a son to my father, Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother, 4Then he taught me and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live;…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 22:5
David said, "My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the LORD shall be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands. Therefore now I will make preparation for it." So David made ample preparations before his death.

1 Chronicles 29:1
Then King David said to the entire assembly, "My son Solomon, whom alone God has chosen, is still young and inexperienced and the work is great; for the temple is not for man, but for the LORD God.

Zechariah 12:10
"I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.
Treasury of Scripture

For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

2 Samuel 12:24,25 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her, and lay …

1 Kings 1:13-17 Go and get you in to king David, and say to him, Did not you, my …

1 Chronicles 3:5 And these were born to him in Jerusalem; Shimea, and Shobab, and …

1 Chronicles 22:5 And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house …

1 Chronicles 29:1 Furthermore David the king said to all the congregation, Solomon …

Jeremiah 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in …

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but …

(3) For I was . . . son . . .--It is not only his own advice that he has to offer; he can tell his disciples of the excellent discipline and teaching he received from his parents in his old home. It may be remarked that the notices of Solomon's early years which occur in this and the following verses harmonise well with what we know of him from the historical books of the Bible.

Tender.--The epithet applied to Solomon by his father (1Chronicles 29:1).

Only beloved.--The word y?chd originally signified an "only" (son), as in Zechariah 12:10. Then it came to mean "beloved as an only son," and that appears to be the sense of it in Genesis 22:2, as applied to Isaac (for Ishmael was then living), and to Solomon here (for Bath-sheba had other children by David, 1Chronicles 3:5). In Greek translations it is rendered "only-begotten" and "well-beloved," epithets applied in their highest sense to Christ (John 1:14; Matthew 3:17).

In the sight of my mother.--Implying her affection, as Genesis 17:18.

Verse 3. - For I was my father's son. This is more than the mere statement of a physical fact. It indicates that the teacher was in the highest degree an object of endearment to his father, just as he states in the second hemistich that he held a unique position in the affection of his mother. `The statement agrees with the historical record. Solomon would be more than ordinarily dear to his father, as being a child of promise, as "the beloved of the Lord," and as the son whom the Divine will had pointed as the successor to his throne, and the one on whom was to devolve the building of the temple (see 2 Samuel 7:12, 13; 2 Samuel 12:24; 1 Chronicles 22:9). Bertheau explains, "I also once stood in the relation to my (actual) father in which you stand to me your paternal instructor," thus giving prominence rather to the consecution of the passage, and preparing the way for the reception of the father's advice which is to follow. But this rather loses sight of what appears an important element in the instruction, that not only was it "good," but that it was dictated by affection. The writer is fortifying and strengthening his instruction by the authority of his father, showing that what he was laying before others he had had placed before him; and as his father's advice was the outcome of affection, so he addresses his hearers in the same spirit. Dathe and others connect "tender" rak) with "son" (ben), and render, "I was a son dear to my father." So the LXX., which, however, understands "tender" in the sense of "tractable," "obedient:" "For I was an obedient son to my father" - a meaning which the word rak can only bear as indicating the susceptibility of the young to receive impressions. In general, rak means "tender," "soft," and has reference to the weakness and helplessness of the young; comp. Genesis 33:13, "My lord knoweth that the children are tender (rakkim)." Combined with yakhid, which follows, it signifies, in the passage before us, that the teacher was an object of tender care or love. The Vulgate tenellus, the diminutive of tener, as signifying "somewhat tender or delicate," reproduces the idea of the Hebrew rak. In the word the teacher recalls his early lifo and the instruction in wisdom which he received in it. Only beloved; literally, only (yakhid), as "beloved" does not occur in the original. The Vulgate renders, unigenitus; Aquila, Symmachus, and Theodotion, μονογενής, i.e. "only begotten:" but this was not literally the fact, as Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon, had other sons (2 Samuel 5:14; 1 Chronicles 3:5). Both the Hebrew yakhid, "only," and the Vulgate unigenitus, "only begotten," consequently signify what is expressed by the LXX. ἀγαπώμενος, i.e. "beloved." Solomon was so beloved of his mother as if he were an only child. So yakhid is used of Isaac in Genesis 22:2, 12 in the same way, since at the time that Isaac was so designated, Ishmael, the other son of Abraham, was still living. The word yakhid occurs in Psalm 22:20, where it is rendered "darling," and may possibly refer to Solomon. Jennings, in Psalm 22:20, understands it, however, of the life besides which the psalmist has no other - unicam meam, as the Vulgate, i.e. "his only life" (cf. Psalm 35:17; and for the word yakhid, see Jeremiah 5:26; Amos 8:10; Zechariah 12:10). In the sight of my mother (liph'ne immi); literally, ad facies matris meae, or, before my mother; Vulgate, coram matre mea, i.e. in her estimation (cf. Genesis 17:18). The mention of the mother is probably introduced here for the sake of poetic parallelism; cf. Proverbs 1:8 (Zockler). For I was my father's son,.... Or, "a son to my father" (p); so Solomon was to God, his heavenly Father, 2 Samuel 7:14; which Jarchi observes, and gives as the sense of this place: but his father David is meant, whose son he was; though he was not his only one, he had others besides him. But the sense is, that he was his darling, his beloved son, whom he loved above the rest; as he was beloved of the Lord, and therefore his name was called Jedidiah, so he was beloved of his father; and, because he had a peculiar love for him, he took a particular care of his education;

tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother; his mother Bathsheba, who had a most affectionate regard to him; and therefore in his tender age, as soon as he was susceptible of instructions, gave them to him, which being received, made deep and lasting impressions on him; see Proverbs 31:1. The marginal reading is, "to the sons of my mother"; for Bathsheba had more sons, 1 Chronicles 3:5; both readings may be retained, "beloved in the sight of my mother's sons". Gersom interprets this of the people of Israel, who were sons to God their Father; and were the only nation that received the law, and which they received at the time of their coming out of Egypt, in the days of their youth.

(p) "filius fui patri meo", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis; so Cocceius, Schultens. 3. father's son—emphatic, a son specially regarded, and so called tender, as an object of special care (compare 1Ch 22:7; 29:1); an idea further expressed by

only beloved—or, "as an only son" (Ge 22:2), though he had brothers (see on [643]1Ch 3:5).4:1-13 We must look upon our teachers as our fathers: though instruction carry in it reproof and correction, bid it welcome. Solomon's parents loved him, therefore taught him. Wise and godly men, in every age of the world, and rank in society, agree that true wisdom consists in obedience, and is united to happiness. Get wisdom, take pains for it. Get the rule over thy corruptions; take more pains to get this than the wealth of this world. An interest in Christ's salvation is necessary. This wisdom is the one thing needful. A soul without true wisdom and grace is a dead soul. How poor, contemptible, and wretched are those, who, with all their wealth and power, die without getting understanding, without Christ, without hope, and without God! Let us give heed to the sayings of Him who has the words of eternal life. Thus our path will be plain before us: by taking, and keeping fast hold of instruction, we shall avoid being straitened or stumbling.
Jump to Previous
Beloved Boy Child Father's Gentle House Mother Sight Tender
Jump to Next
Beloved Boy Child Father's Gentle House Mother Sight Tender
Links
Proverbs 4:3 NIV
Proverbs 4:3 NLT
Proverbs 4:3 ESV
Proverbs 4:3 NASB
Proverbs 4:3 KJV

Proverbs 4:3 Biblia Paralela
Proverbs 4:3 Chinese Bible
Proverbs 4:3 French Bible
Proverbs 4:3 German Bible

Alphabetical: a an and boy child father father's house I in mother my of only sight son still tender the to was When

OT Poetry: Proverbs 4:3 For I was a son to my (Prov. Pro Pr) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Proverbs 4:2
Top of Page
Top of Page