“Train up a child”



This proverb tells us to raise our children with good morals so that they will grow into adulthood along a good path.

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“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

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Proverbs 22:6 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Train up חֲנֹ֣ךְ Properly, to narrow; figuratively, to initiate or discipline Train up
a child לַ֭נַּעַר (concretely) a boy (as active), from the age of infancy to adolescence; by implication, a servant; also (by interch. of sex), a girl (of similar latitude in age) child
in עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications in
the way דַרְכּ֑וֹ A road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb way
he should go: פִּ֣י The mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literal or figurative (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to should go
and גַּ֥ם Properly, assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correl. both...and and
when כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed when
he is old, יַ֝זְקִ֗ין To be old old
he will not לֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
depart יָס֥וּר To turn off (literally or figuratively) depart
from מִמֶּֽנָּה׃ Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses from
it. מִמֶּֽנָּה׃ Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses it

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  • 4  By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.

  • 5  Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

  • 6  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

  • 7  The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

  • 8  He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.


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