Training Children

DUTY OF PARENTS IN TRAINING OF CHILDREN It is quite clear from the Scriptures that the mother did most of the training of the children in their earlier years. The Book of Proverbs speaks of "The words of King Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him" (Proverbs 31:1). And concerning Timothy, Paul said, "From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures" (II Timothy 3:15). Earlier in the Epistle, Paul refers to the faith of Timothy's mother and grandmother (II Timothy 1:5). Young children then were taught by their mothers. The daughters, doubtless remained under the guidance and oversight of their mothers until their marriage. As the boys grew up, they were more and more taught by their fathers, although they would never get away from the mother's training altogether. Proverbs often refers to a father's instruction of his son. "My son, hear the instruction of thy father" (Proverbs 1:8). "My son, keep thy father's commandment" (Proverbs 6:20). Only in well-to-do families was instruction turned over to tutors. King Ahab had tutors for his many sons (II Kings 10:1, 5}. Schools for training boys were not in operation until comparatively a late date for Jewish youth in the land. [Manners And Customs of Bible Lands]

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