Five Proverbs to Teach a Child

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Proverbs have great truths.

Proverbs have great truths for kids.

So many Proverbs are good for our kids (and us) to know.

How about memorizing (as a family or a ministry) these five Proverbs?

PROVERBS 22:24-25 – Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. We are told not to hang around with someone who is angry. (The Hebrew meaning of the world angry here is enraged – this is not talking about the good kind of anger when someone truly wants to right a wrong.) If you hang around with an angry person – you, too, will soon become hot-tempered and angry with life.

PROVERBS 18:13 – If one gives an answer before he hears,it is his folly and shame. Here’s a good verse for all of us – don’t interrupt when someone is talking. Not only is this a foolish thing to do (you might learn something if you listen), it’s also rude.

Proverbs 18:1 – The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him. This verse adds another good talking rule – get both sides of the story. When you listen to one side, that person sounds right, but then you hear the other side and you begin to question the first person’s story. That’s why it’s so important to get both perspectives.

PROVERBS 12:22 – Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.  You might think you’re getting ahead by lying (for instance, cheating on a test and getting a better grade), but that path only leads to destruction. In contrast, truthfulness delights the Lord.

PROVERBS 23:17 – Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day. Our world knows how to make sin look enticing. I just heard a child say he couldn’t wait until he was older because he thought something that he saw an older person do look cool! Envying sin does not end well.

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