And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day…
1. It doth well become godly parents to give their children leave to take moderate refreshing and recreation one with another.
2. Parents must not cast off the care of their children, though they are grown up, though they are men and women.
3. Children that are grown up, or have houses and families of their own, ought yet to yield all reverence and submission to the lawful commands, counsels, and directions of their parents. Do you think you have outgrown obedience and honour to parents, when you are grown in years?
4. A parent's main and special care should be for the souls of his children. The care of many parents is only to enrich their children, to make them great and honourable, to leave them full portions and estates, to provide matches for them; but for sanctifying their children, there is no thought of that.
5. He that is a holy person himself desires to make others holy too. Holy Job would have all his children holy.
6. The good which others do by our advice and counsel, is reckoned as done by ourselves. While we provoke others to goodness, that good which they do is set upon our account as if we had done it.
7. Holy duties call for holy preparation. Oh, come not to the sacrifice except you be sanctified!
Parallel VersesKJV: And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.