Train Up a Child: What Does Proverbs 22:6 Actually Mean? | SBC Voices

SBC VoicesNovember 13, 2014 by

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

She was not happy with me, not at all. I was teaching Proverbs 22:6, which says essentially the same thing in every modern English translation, some variation of the ESV translation above. I made an observation about the nature of proverbs. They are statements about the general course of life, but are not meant to be ironclad promises or absolute guarantees. That bothered her. Still single, she anticipated getting married and having children, but if she did not have a guarantee that her children would turn out great, she wanted nothing to do with the whole thing.

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