What Does the Bible Say About Our Parents?

Some people do not care about their parents.

They’d even say that parents are obliged to care for their children but not the other way around.

They also rationalize that their obligation is only towards their own children.

The bible speaks about our parents and further instructs us that we have duties towards them.

The bible verses that follow are just a few of what’s in the Holy Book.

Exodus 20:12  “Honor your father and your mother,”    This commandment comes with a promise.    “..that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

Proverbs 1:8  “Hear your father’s instruction, and reject not your mother’s teaching.”

Proverbs 23:22  “Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”

Leviticus 19:3  “Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father.”

Sirach 3:1-16  “1 Listen to me, your father, and act accordingly, that you may be kept in safety.  2 For the Lord honored the father above the children, and he confirmed the right of the mother over her sons.  3 Whoever honors his father atones for sins, and preserves himself from them. When he prays he is heard;  4  and whoever glorifies his mother is like one who lays up treasure.    5  Whoever honors his father will be gladdened by his own children, and when he prays he will be heard.  6 Whoever glorifies his father will have long life, and whoever obeys the Lord will refresh his mother;  7 he will serve his parents as his masters.  8 Honor your  father by word and deed, that a blessing from him may come upon you.  9 For a father’s blessing strengthens the houses of the children, but a mother’s curse uproots their foundations.    10 Do not glorify yourself by dishonoring your father, for your father’s dishonor is no glory to you.  11 For a man’s glory comes from honoring his father, and it is a disgrace for children  not to respect their mother.  12 O son, help your father in his old age, and do not grieve him as long as he lives,          13  even if he is lacking in understanding, show forbearance; and do not despise him all the days of his life.  14 For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, and against your sins it will be credited to you–a house raised in justice to you,  15 in the day of affliction it will be remembered in your favor; as frost in fair weather, your sins will melt away.  16 Whoever forsakes his father is like a blasphemer, and whoever angers his mother is cursed by the Lord.”

These bible verses were lifted from The Holy Bible Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition.

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