THE BIBLE AND HONOURING PARENTS
“ Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the
land which the LORD your God is giving you.
‘ Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you,
that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land
which the LORD your God is giving you."
My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of
My son, keep your father’s command, And do not forsake the law of your
Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp will be put out in deep
Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she
Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her who bore you rejoice.
Whoever robs his father or his mother, And says, “It is no transgression,”
The same is companion to a destroyer.
The eye that mocks his father, And scorns obedience to his mother, The
ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it.
“ A son honors his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the
Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? Says
the LORD of hosts To you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, ‘In what
way have we despised Your name?’
Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus,
saying, 2 “Why do Your disciples
transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands
when they eat bread.” 3 He
answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of
God because of your tradition? 4
For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’;
and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’
5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to
his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is
a gift to God”— 6 then he
need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the
commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.
7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah
prophesy about you, saying:
8 ‘ These
people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
9 And in vain they
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
2 “Honor your father and
mother,” which is the first commandment with promise:
3 “that it may be well with
you and you may live long on the earth.”