Proverbs 23:22

Saying 17

22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

Proverbs 23:22 in Other Translations

KJV
22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.
ESV
22 Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
NLT
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old.
MSG
22 Listen with respect to the father who raised you, and when your mother grows old, don't neglect her.
CSB
22 Listen to your father who gave you life, and don't despise your mother when she is old.

Proverbs 23:22 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 23:22

Hearken unto thy father that begat thee
And who has a true and hearty affection for thee, and whatever he says is for thy good and welfare, which he studies and has at heart; and who therefore also has an authority over thee, and what he enjoins ought to be strictly regarded; and, having lived longer in the world, must be thought to have a larger experience and knowledge of things, and therefore should be hearkened unto; and despise not thy mother when she is old;
despise not her counsels, instructions, and advice, though she is old; and because she is so, do not reject them as old wives' fables, or as the silly talk of an old woman, as young men are too apt to do.

Proverbs 23:22 In-Context

20 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth and do not sell it— wisdom, instruction and insight as well.
24 The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 1:8; Proverbs 30:17; Ephesians 6:1-2