Proverbs 22:6 – Parenting Principle: Training

Today’s Reading: Job 23:1‐27:23, 2 Corinthians 1:12‐2:11, Psalm 41:1‐13, Proverbs 22:5‐6

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go;
 even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Context: Remember that the Proverbs are principles and not promises. 


  • Train up (chanak – also translated as dedicate) – a higher purpose or end result is in mind
  • A child – not written specifically to parents, but we know that in Proverbs Solomon calls his son to listen.  If you don’t have kids, you can and should realize your responsibility to train up the next generation.
  • In the way he should go – How to walk the road of life, What to do to journey well
  • Even (or also) when he is old
  • He will not depart (sur – turn aside) from it

This verse is often quoted and rarely applied. Dad’s you cannot train your children if you are not present and involved in their lives (Eph 6:4, 2 Tim 3:15).

Apply:  I struggle with letting my mind be distracted when I am with my daughter.  Often I am not fully engaged in her training.  Today, I want to make a point to be a present, intentional, trainer.

How can you better apply this principle to your life?


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