Proverbs 6:20
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New International Version
My son, keep your father's command and do not forsake your mother's teaching.

New Living Translation
My son, obey your father's commands, and don't neglect your mother's instruction.

English Standard Version
My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.

New American Standard Bible
My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother;

King James Bible
My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My son, keep your father's command, and don't reject your mother's teaching.

International Standard Version
Keep your father's commands, my son, and never forsake your mother's rules,

NET Bible
My child, guard the commands of your father and do not forsake the instruction of your mother.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Keep, my son, the commandment of your father and do not forget the law of your mother.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My son, obey the command of your father, and do not disregard the teachings of your mother.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My son, keep thy father's commandment and forsake not the law of thy mother:

King James 2000 Bible
My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not the law of your mother:

American King James Version
My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not the law of your mother:

American Standard Version
My son, keep the commandment of thy father, And forsake not the law of thy mother:

Douay-Rheims Bible
My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.

Darby Bible Translation
My son, observe thy father's commandment, and forsake not the teaching of thy mother;

English Revised Version
My son, keep the commandment of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Webster's Bible Translation
My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

World English Bible
My son, keep your father's commandment, and don't forsake your mother's teaching.

Young's Literal Translation
Keep, my son, the command of thy father, And leave not the law of thy mother.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:20-35 The word of God has something to say to us upon all occasions. Let not faithful reproofs ever make us uneasy. When we consider how much this sin abounds, how heinous adultery is in its own nature, of what evil consequence it is, and how certainly it destroys the spiritual life in the soul, we shall not wonder that the cautions against it are so often repeated. Let us notice the subjects of this chapter. Let us remember Him who willingly became our Surety, when we were strangers and enemies. And shall Christians, who have such prospects, motives, and examples, be slothful and careless? Shall we neglect what is pleasing to God, and what he will graciously reward? May we closely watch every sense by which poison can enter our minds or affections.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 20-35. - 12. Twelfth admonitory discourse. In this the teacher returns again to the subject which he has already treated in the eighth discourse. The extreme tendency of men, and especially young men, to sins of impurity is no doubt, as Delitzsch remarks, the reason why this subject is again resumed. The subject is gradually worked up to the preceding admonitions in vers. 20-23, pointing out that the way of life, the way of safety, is to be secured by obedience to the precepts of parents, whose commandment and law illumine the perilous road of life, and whose reproofs are salutary to the soul. The arguments against the sin of adultery are cogent in their dissuasiveness, and none stronger of a purely temporal nature could be devised. It may be objected that the sin is not put forward in the higher light, as an offence before God. and that the appeal is made simply on the lines of self-interest; but who will deny that the scope of the teaching is distinctly moral, or that mankind is not influenced and dissuaded from sin by such a category of evils as includes personal beggary, dishonour, and death? Verse 20. - The first part of this verse is couched in almost the same terms as that of Proverbs 1:8, except that mitz'rath, "precept," preceptum, is here used instead of musar, eruditio, or "disciplinary instruction," while the latter part of the two verses are identical.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My son, keep thy father's commandment,.... These are not the words of David to Solomon continued from Proverbs 4:4; but the words of Solomon to his son; and not to his son only, in a strict natural relation, but to everyone that came to him for and put himself under his instruction; and to everyone that stood in such a relation to a religious father; for not the divine Being, the Father of all, is here meant, according to some Jewish writers; though the commandment no doubt is the commandment of God taught by godly parents; or such a system of precepts that is founded upon and agrees unto the revealed will of God, and which being so should be laid up and kept in the heart, and not forgotten; and should be observed and attended to and obeyed throughout the whole course of life, as if it was the commandment of God himself; and indeed it is no other than that which pious parents train up their children in the knowledge of, instil into them, and urge upon them the observance of;

and forsake not the law of thy mother; the same as before, and which is mentioned to show that the same respect is to be had to a mother as to a father, the commandment and law of them being the same, and they standing in the same relation; which yet children are apt to make a difference in, and while they stand in awe of their father and his precepts, slight their mother and her directions, which ought not to be. Some understand this of the congregation of Israel, as some Jewish writers; and others of the church of God, the mother of us all.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20-23. (Compare Pr 1:8; 3:3, &c.).

Proverbs 6:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Warnings against Adultery
20My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother; 21Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck.…
Cross References
Ephesians 6:1
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Proverbs 1:8
Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.

Proverbs 7:1
My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you.

Jeremiah 35:8
We have obeyed everything our forefather Jehonadab son of Rekab commanded us. Neither we nor our wives nor our sons and daughters have ever drunk wine
Treasury of Scripture

My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not the law of your mother:

Proverbs 1:8,9 My son, hear the instruction of your father, and forsake not the …

Proverbs 7:1-4 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with you…

Proverbs 23:22 Listen to your father that begat you, and despise not your mother …

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

Deuteronomy 21:18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey …

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

Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

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